People who travel within China will only have their past seven days’ locations shown in the national Covid-19 health app, as the country moves to boost domestic tourism.
The app helps authorities to identify whether people visited areas with infections, and to decide whether they should be tested for the virus or put into quarantine.
One of the developers of the app said it would only display the cities that users had visited in the past week, down from 14 days.
The reduction in the travel history record quickly became one of the top 20 trending topics on the Weibo social media platform, with more than 180 million reads.
“This is a good thing for everyone, we no longer have to worry about our travel history for half a month,” one user said.
Another said “14 days was too difficult for those who have to go on a lot of business trips”.
Domestic travel was hit hard by China’s response to outbreaks of the highly infectious Omicron variant of Covid-19 in April and May, which brought drastic lockdowns in several cities.
- Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell