China allows some Covid-19 cases to quarantine at home

China's national health authority says Covid-19 cases with mild symptoms or no symptoms can self-treat in quarantine at home, the strongest sign so far that China is preparing its people to live with the disease.

Reuters reports most cases are asymptomatic infections and mild cases, with no special treatment required, the National Health Commission said in a statement.

"Asymptomatic persons and mild cases can be isolated at home while strengthening health monitoring, and they can transfer to designated hospitals for treatment in a timely manner if their condition worsens," the NHC said.

For nearly three years, China managed Covid-19 as a dangerous disease on par with bubonic plague and cholera, but from last week top officials and some scientists began to acknowlege it as less serious in causing disease.


Covid testing in Guangzhou, China Photo: Anadolu Agency via AFP