June 5, 2020 / 8:41 AM / a month ago

Beijing city govt to further cut COVID-19 emergency response level

People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk past a street vendor waiting for customers at his stall on a footbridge in Beijing, China June 4, 2020. Picture taken June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing’s municipal government said on Friday it will lower its COVID-19 emergency response from level II to level III effective from Saturday, state media reported.

The change removes quarantine requirements for people from Hubei province, the virus’s original epicentre.

Beijing has no confirmed local COVID-19 cases over the past 50 days, according to its Municipal Health Commission.

Reporting by Judy Hua, Lusha Zhang and Ryan Woo; editing by John Stonestreet

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