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China slams travelers for ‘unacceptable’ COVID restrictions.

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China has called an increase in international restrictions on travelers from its territory “unacceptable” after more than a dozen countries imposed novel coronavirus restrictions on visitors from the world’s most populous country. The United States, Canada, and Japan have claimed that all travelers from China tested negative for COVID-19 before arrival, amid fears of rising cases. is. The European Commission said Tuesday that an “overwhelming majority” of the 27 EU member states, including France, Spain, and Italy, want passengers arriving from China to be systematically tested for Covid before departure. The trio has already imposed testing requirements on arrivals from China while a block-wide approach is pending.

But Wednesday’s crisis meeting on the issue will determine what coordinated measures will be applied across the block. The European Union fears a sudden influx of passengers from China could bring a variant of Covid that could escape current vaccines.
There are also concerns that China’s infection data is incomplete, incomplete, or inadequate.EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides also agreed that authorities would recommend increased monitoring of wastewater in flights and airports to detect traces of Covid, and Member States should step up surveillance. The sharp rise in infections in China came after Beijing abruptly lifted her COVID-free policy in December, and hospitals and crematoriums were quickly overwhelmed.

Still, Beijing is pushing ahead with its long-awaited reopening, announcing the end of mandatory quarantines on arrival last week, prompting Chinese citizens to plan more trips abroad. Last month, shipments from Foxconn’s Zhengzhou iPhone factory were disrupted by worker turnover and unrest during the COVID outbreak, meeting 90% of the company’s original plan. International Monetary Fund (IMF) President Kristalina Georgieva said the “wildfires” of infectious diseases in China in the coming months would likely hit the country’s economy this year and drag down global growth. “China is entering the most dangerous period of the pandemic,” said analysts at Capital Economics.

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