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China registers about 490,000 daily departures and entries since January 8

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a face mask walks inside Changi Airport before boarding a flight to China in Singapore, January 12, 2023. REUTERS/Lion Schellerer
FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a face mask walks inside Changi Airport before boarding a flight to China in Singapore, January 12, 2023. REUTERS/Lion Schellerer

BEIJING, Jan 13 (Reuters) – China recorded around 490,000 daily inbound and outbound trips from January 8 to 12 after its borders reopened, an official with the country’s immigration office told a briefing. on Friday.

This figure is an increase of 48.9% from the period before China’s COVID restrictions were eased, but only 26.2% of 2019 levels, Liu Haitao said. Of the total 490,000, 250,000 trips were inbound, while 240,000 were outbound, he added.

China reopened its borders for the first time in three years on Sunday, lifting restrictions such as quarantine for incoming travelers as it ends its “zero COVID” policy.

(Reporting by the Beijing newsroom; editing by Christian Schmollinger; editing in Spanish by Darío Fernández)

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