Shanghai to ease some COVID testing requirements from June 1

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(Reuters) – Shanghai will ease COVID-19 testing requirements from June 1 for individuals who need to enter public areas or use public transport to encourage work resumption and a return to regular life, a metropolis official stated on Sunday.

From June 1, individuals coming into public venues or taking public transportation will want to present a unfavourable PCR check taken inside 72 hours, versus 48 hours beforehand, stated Yin Xin, a authorities spokeswoman for Shanghai in a press briefing.

There will probably be no testing modifications, nonetheless, for individuals who need to go away town.

People who need to go away Shanghai will nonetheless want to present a unfavourable PCR check taken inside 48 hours and a unfavourable antigen check inside 24 hours. As earlier than, they are going to be exempted from taking an antigen check if they’ll present a unfavourable PCR check from the final 24 hours, Yin stated.

The changes to the testing requirements have been made to “promote epidemic prevention and management in addition to financial and social improvement, and resume work and a return to regular life,” she stated.

(Reporting by Brenda Goh, Roxanne Liu and Emily Chow; Editing by Tom Hogue)



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