Beginning on Friday, Shanghai will no longer mandate COVID testing at restaurants and indoor entertainment venues.

Negative COVID test certificates are no longer required for indoor entertainment facilities and restaurants in Shanghai starting on Friday . Special requirements are still being fulfilled in a variety of settings, such as elderly care, childrens shelter facilities, medical facilities, and schools .

Shanghai, China, December 9: Shanghai announced steps on Thursday as part of Chinas ten new steps for optimizing the COVID-19 response.Negative COVID test certificates are no longer required for indoor entertainment facilities and restaurants in Shanghai starting on Friday, according to Global Times.In a variety of settings, such as elderly care, children's shelter facilities, medical facilities, and schools, special requirements are still being fulfilled.Shanghai announced that no massive COVID testing would be conducted at the administrative region level, except for workers in high-risk positions and high-risk areas.

Wu Jinglei announced that Shanghai would continue to have nucleic acid testing facilities and would provide free testing services.Patients with debilitating health conditions will be referred to hospitals for treatment, according to the new measures announced by Shanghai on Thursday.symptomatic carriers and mild COVID-19 cases meeting certain conditions will be able to isolate at home from Friday.According to the news release, the health department will monitor the healthy cases during home quarantine and will be allowed to come out of isolation if their CT value equals or exceeds 35 for two consecutive days on the sixth and seventh day of the quarantine.According to a Global Times article, the testing requirement for people arriving in the city has no longer existed.

People no longer have to register information before buying drugs such as cough syrup, antiviral, and cold.China's decision to ease restrictions came after widespread demonstrations against the zero-COVID strategy erupted in the region.Since the pandemic started, China has been adhering to a zero-COVID approach.To curb the virus, China has performed mass tests, enacting freezes and travel restrictions.

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