Beijing reports first local Omicron case weeks before Winter Olympics

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Beijing on Saturday reported its first locally transmitted case of Omicron, less than three weeks before the start of the Olympic Winter Games. Reuters reports.

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Running news: Lab testing found a “mutation specific to the Omicron variant” in the person, an official from the city’s disease control authority told a news briefing, according to Reuters.

  • Both the residential premises and workplace of the infected person have been sealed and test samples of around 2,500 persons have been taken who may be linked to the positive case.

big picture: The positive case comes as the city gears up to host the Winter Olympics starting February 4.

  • China, which continues to adhere to a “Zero COVID Policy, is ready to take strong steps to shut down the Games.
  • All athletes must test negative twice within 96 hours of their flight, and unaffiliated athletes must quarantine for 21 days upon arrival, reports Nerdshala’ Jeff Tracy.
  • Masks are also necessary and daily testing will be done.
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