China has banned herbal medicines, pesticides and other substances as part of a nationwide campaign to curb the spread of deadly coronavirus.
The health ministry on Monday banned three kinds of herbal medicines that can be used to treat chronic pain, fever and other ailments, as well as antibiotics, which are considered safe in large doses, as part a nationwide crackdown on drug-resistant infections.
The ban, the second in a year, is aimed at preventing the spread and development of new drugs and to control the spread by encouraging people to avoid taking them.
In January, the health ministry announced new restrictions on herbal medicines.
The government also announced restrictions on pesticide use, which had been allowed in China until this year.