BEIJING ( Associated Press) — The first case of Omicron’s version of Beijing has prompted the nation’s capital to move just weeks ahead of hosting the Winter Olympic Games.
According to state media, after the positive test announced on Saturday, more than 13,000 people and all places visited by the patient in the past days have been tested. The person’s apartment complex and workplace have been sealed.
According to state media, the infected person lives and works in Haidian, the northwestern district of the city and had no travel history outside Beijing for the past two weeks.
State media reported on Monday that the capital with its 20 million residents is considering tighter travel restrictions. All transit links with Tianjin have already been severed. International flights have come down sharply and domestic passengers have been barred from being transferred to another destination before reaching Beijing.
No new cases were reported in Beijing on Monday, although the nearby city of Tianjin reported 80 more in the past 24 hours.
The Olympics will begin on February 4, just days after the start of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Athletes, officials, staff and journalists are required to enter a closed-loop bubble without outside contact and undergo daily testing.
The Beijing Daily reported on Sunday that travelers to the capital would be required to take a nucleic acid test within 72 hours of entry from January 22. Some schools in Beijing have also closed early and moved classes online ahead of the winter holidays.
Authorities across the country also urged residents to stay in their cities for the New Year instead of going back to their hometowns. Tourist sites, including sections of the Great Wall, have also been closed amid China’s “zero-Covid” policy, which has put millions of people under lockdown.
The economic, logistical and psychological tensions resulting from that policy have become increasingly apparent, with tensions rising over how long the sanctions should remain in place.
After three weeks of isolation, the ancient capital of Xi’an appeared to be turning a corner, with stay-at-home rules set to be virus-free.
About 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southwest of Beijing, the city of Xi’an, which has a population of 13 million and counts as a major tourist destination for its famous Terracotta Warriors, has reported more than 2,000 infections since December last year. has been informed.