- People leaving or entering China will be checked for symptoms, contact with infected persons or travel from areas with a high number of infections
- China prepared to evacuate its citizens from overseas areas with serious outbreaks, foreign ministry says
With the number of new domestic cases falling, the announcement indicates a widening in Beijing’s anti-virus strategy to include a focus on preventing contagion between countries. The foreign ministry also announced that, if necessary, China would repatriate citizens in countries seriously affected by Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.
The reports came as new coronavirus cases in China continued to slow, while infections in other countries rose sharply, raising concerns about a possible worldwide pandemic.
New South Korean cases exceeded those in China for a third straight day and included a 45-day-old boy.