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France says it has extended Covid tests for travelers arriving from China until February 15 due to what it calls an “evolving situation”.

The requirement for travelers coming to France from China to be tested for Covid was initially valid until January 31.

However, since the beginning of the year, travelers over the age of 11 arriving from China have had to present a negative test taken 48 hours before their flight to board the plane.

Random testing will be carried out and anyone who tests positive will have to self-isolate, French authorities said, adding that everyone over the age of six must wear face masks on the plane.

Several countries have introduced new travel rules for travelers from China after Beijing decided to ease strict virus restrictions.

The end of the zero-covid policy

China has said that the number of daily deaths from Covid-19 has fallen by almost 80 percent since the beginning of the month.

A wave of virus cases has engulfed the world’s most populous country after Beijing abruptly ended its zero-infection policy for COVID-19 last month.

Beijing’s figures are believed to represent only a fraction of the true number, given China’s narrow definition of Covid-19 deaths and the proportion of the population estimated to be infected.