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Ministry eases H1N1 restrictions

CHINESE citizens in close contact with swine flu patients will no longer be quarantined in specially reserved places, and patients with mild symptoms may receive treatment at home, the Health Ministry said yesterday.

Close contacts could be placed under home quarantine, and the range of close contacts was narrowed down.

"The adjustment does not put an end to the supervision of close contacts. It's just a different place for quarantine, and they still will be restricted from going outside and interacting with other people," said Liang Wannian, deputy director of the ministry's emergency office.

Close contacts include people who diagnosed, treated, nursed or visited an H1N1 patient, people who worked or lived with a patient, and people who contacted the spit or body fluid of a patient.


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