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Beijing Games had 72 Covid cases, none athletes, among early arrivals​

Beijing Olympics organisers said they had confirmed 72 cases of Covid-19 among 2,586 Games-related personnel entering China from Jan 4 to Jan 22, with no cases among 171 athletes and team officials arriving in that period.
Final preparations are taking place for the Winter Games amid a global surge in cases of the highly infectious Omicron coronavirus variant, according to Reuters.

The Games are set to take place from Feb 4 to Feb 20 inside a “closed loop” bubble that separates all event personnel from the public.

Of the confirmed cases, 39 were found in testing at the airport and 33 inside the loop, organisers said.
 

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BEIJING: Beijing reported 14 local confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest daily count in its current outbreak, less than two weeks before the Winter Olympics are due to commence in the Chinese capital and in neighbouring Hebei province.

The number of domestically spread infections with confirmed symptoms in Beijing reported for Tuesday comprised more than half of the 24 such cases nationwide, data from the National Health Commission showed.

Beijing has detected a total of 55 local cases with symptoms since Jan. 15, with both the Omicron and Delta variants.

The number is significantly lower than cases elsewhere in the world but the city has put tens of thousands of people under targeted lockdowns and tested a few million residents to block transmission.

Beijing's moves are in line with a national guideline to curb virus flare-ups as soon as possible, which takes on extra urgency as China has vowed to safely host the Winter Olympics Games and prevent major outbreaks during the Lunar New Year travel season.

Aside from Beijing, the provinces of Heilongjiang, Hebei, Liaoning, Henan and Guangdong as well as the region of Xinjiang all reported sporadic local cases with confirmed symptoms for Tuesday, NHC data showed.

In the Horgos city of Xinjiang, two asymptomatic infected people, detected on Sunday, were found to have contracted the Omicron variant, state television said late on Tuesday.

The two had not left the city in two weeks and the source of the virus remained unclear.

There were no new deaths on Tuesday, leaving China's overall death toll from the pandemic at 4,636.

As of Jan. 25, mainland China had reported a total of 105,749 cases with confirmed symptoms, including both local ones and those arriving from abroad.
 

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Beijing city limits movement in more areas to curb Covid cases before Olympics​

Beijing has limited the movement of people in more parts of the Chinese capital, even as it reported fewer Covid-19 cases, in a bid to lower virus risk less than 10 days before its hosting of the Winter Olympics Games.

Beijing's Fengtai district said residents in more areas should not leave their residential compounds for unnecessary reasons and must have a daily Covid test, Reuters reports.

The district, which has reported more local virus cases than other districts in the current outbreak in Beijing, had already locked down some residential compounds, impacting tens of thousands of people.

Beijing has not locked down any districts, but several now have mobility restrictions in place in certain areas.
 

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Sealed off: Inside the 'closed loop' at the Beijing Winter Olympics.​

The Beijing Olympics are taking place in a strict “closed loop” with 60,000 competitors, journalists and the Chinese workforce looking after them cut off from local people and tested for Covid-19 every day.

Media and workers have to stay in approved hotels within the “loop” — the organisers' alternative name for a coronavirus bubble, designed to protect participants from the virus and the Chinese population from the foreign mini-invasion.

Wire fences seal off the area containing the Olympic venues and media centre in Beijing from the rest of the capital and the only way in is by shuttle bus or approved taxi.
Security guards bar the way of anyone who tries to walk out of the hotel grounds, AFP reports.
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Security officers patrol near the edge of the closed-loop area on the Olympic Green near the main media centre at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Jan 30. — AP



Security officers patrol near the edge of the closed-loop area on the Olympic Green near the main media centre at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Jan 30. — AP.
 

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Covid-19 cases mount among Olympic personnel arriving in Beijing​


During the past four days, China has detected some 119 cases of Covid-19 among people linked to the Beijing Winter Olympics, with authorities imposing a "closed loop" bubble to keep participants, staff and media separated from the public.

The tally from the weekend showed 37 new cases on Sunday, and 34 on Saturday, with most testing positive after arrival at the airport, Games organisers said.

Some 3,000 athletes, along with coaches, officials, referees, federation delegates and media are expected for the Games, due to run from February 4-21.


The National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, where the opening and closing ceremonies of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will be held is pictured ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, January 29. — Reuters



The National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, where the opening and closing ceremonies of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will be held is pictured ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, January 29. — Reuters
 

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Beijing Olympics venues could be 50pc full, official says....​

A senior Olympics official said that venues at the Beijing Winter Games could be up to 50 per cent full, countering fears that Covid-19 would lead to a second consecutive Games without spectators.

Last year's Tokyo Summer Olympics took place largely behind closed doors and Chinese organisers decided not to sell tickets for the Beijing Games because of fears about the virus, AFP reports.

But Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games Executive Director at the International Olympic Committee, said he hoped venues in China would be filled to between 30 and 50pc.
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A person looks through the fence at the closed-loop area for Olympics personnel on the Olympic Green near at the 2022 Winter Olympics on February 1. — AP

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A person looks through the fence at the closed-loop area for Olympics personnel on the Olympic Green near at the 2022 Winter Olympics on February 1. — AP
 

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Winter Olympics: What is China's Covid policy and does it work?​

By Kai Wang and Wanyuan Song
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A security person stands guard outside the main press centre inside a closed loop area in Beijing
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Security staff outside part of the Winter Olympics complex in Beijing


Beijing says it's taken all necessary coronavirus safety measures for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which start on Friday.

Some cases have been reported at the Games, including amongst arriving athletes and officials.

So what safety measures are in place, and how successful has China's policy of "zero Covid" been?

Stricter measures than at Tokyo Olympics​

China has gone to great lengths to keep the virus out.

Foreign spectators are barred and tickets are not on sale to the general public.
Groups of local spectators will be "invited" to events and will have to observe strict Covid prevention measures "before, during and after watching the Games."

An intelligent bullet train designed for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics


High-speed trains will run within a closed transport system for the Olympics

And people are advised not to travel into the capital, Beijing, from other parts of China.

It is also keeping the media, athletes and observers in distinct bubbles, with the rules saying anyone entering these bubbles must be fully vaccinated or spend 21 days in quarantine.

Covid testing is carried out on a daily basis, and face masks are required at all times. Anyone testing positive is put into isolation and only allowed to compete after getting two negative test results within 24 hours.

Overseas participants will enter a bubble upon arrival in China, and remain in it until they leave the country.
Local support workers, including volunteers, cooks and drivers, will also be part of a sealed bubble. They'll have no physical contact with the outside world, even with their own families.

This system applies not just to housing, hospitals and locations meant to serve the Olympics, but also transport links. There are closed-loop airports and high-speed rail systems (given that most major venues are outside of Beijing).

All designated vehicles for Olympic personnel are labelled with a special red sign on the front, and local traffic authorities have even advised the public to "avoid contact" if they have a road accident with them. Rubbish will be held at temporary storage sites, to prevent cross-infection.

What Covid measures are already in place?​

Travel to and from China is already severely restricted for foreigners, and there have been restrictions on internal movement since the pandemic began two years ago.

Any travellers from abroad who have permission to enter China are screened on arrival, and sent to government-designated hotels for a mandatory quarantine of at least two weeks.

A customs officer conducts temperature check onboard after a flight landed in China


All international passengers must have temperature checks before disembarking

In most cities, this is followed by a further seven days of hotel or home quarantine, and then a seven-day monitoring period when social mixing is prohibited and regular reporting to local health officials is required.

China has stopped issuing and renewing passports for "non-urgent purposes" to its own citizens both at home and abroad, to further minimise international travel.

There are also strict controls on moving between China's cities (and sometimes between individual neighbourhoods) with further mandatory periods of self-isolation for those permitted to travel.

With the games approaching, China has put some cities into lockdown where cases have been detected.

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Residents of Xi'an gather to collect essentials after the city was locked down

During these, people are only allowed to leave for "urgent matters", such as going to hospital. Surveillance by the police and local volunteers is also being stepped up, with harsh penalties for anyone breaking the rules.

Residents can be evicted from their homes at short notice and sent to quarantine facilities if infections are detected during a mass testing campaign. All non-essential businesses are shut, apart from food shops and some other essential suppliers.

Schools are closed and public transport is suspended, with almost all vehicle movement banned.

How successful is 'zero Covid'?​


On the face of it, China has had remarkable success containing the pandemic.
Since the end of 2019, China has reported just over 4,600 deaths (according to Our World in Data). In the United States, more than 830,000 have died and in the UK, just over 150,000.
 

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Increased COVID cases at Beijing Games no reason for concern, organisers say

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BEIJING: COVID-19 cases inside Beijing's Winter Olympic Games bubble hit the second highest since arrivals began after 45 new cases were detected on Feb. 4, but organisers say the situation is under control and cases confined to the 'closed loop'.

The cases among Olympics-related personnel were up from 21 a day earlier while cases in the bubble that restricts the movements of Games participants, reached 19, compared with seven a day earlier.

Feb. 2 saw the highest daily figure in the loop so far with 26 and the highest total daily figure with 55.

Games organisers said that while cases within the loop could continue rising, there was no reason for concern.

The loop allows athletes, officials and media to move between their accommodation and all Olympic venues, including the media centre, but on official transport only.

However, they are forbidden to leave the bubble and move freely in the city, as China looks to minimise the risk of foreign visitors spreading the coronavirus during the Games.

"The numbers (of overall positive cases) have been different every day," Huang Chun, the Games' deputy director-general of the office of pandemic prevention and control, told a news conference on Saturday.

He said the different daily infection number from Games-related personnel, that had reached 55 on Feb. 2 and as few as two on Jan. 23, was related to the flight arrival times, with some tests conducted after midnight.

"The day before yesterday we had almost 20 flights, many flights arriving at midnight," he said. "Some of the numbers have to be accumulated to the next day."

Every participant has to arrive in Beijing with two negative PCR tests taken less than 96 hours prior to their departure.

They are then tested at Beijing airport before undergoing a rigorous daily testing routine for the duration of their stay in China.

"Even though the general number is increasing it is within our expectation," Huang said. "We think the number will start to decrease."

So far 2,877 athletes have landed in Beijing with about 2,900 expected in total. Other arrivals include team support staff as well as sports and competition officials and media.

A total of 353 Games participants have tested positive in Beijing since Jan. 23 both at the airport and in the loop.

Dozens of athletes have tested positive, with many still in isolation and the Games officially under way since Friday.

The latest cases involved two Swiss ice hockey players who went into isolation, according to the Swiss team on Saturday.

"In general we think the situation is under control. The cases within the closed loop have not spread and they do not affect the competition," Huang said

In contrast to many countries seeking to live with COVID-19, China has isolated itself with a zero-tolerance policy, cancelling nearly all international flights.
 

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Beijing says it's taken all necessary coronavirus safety measures for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Positive cases have been reported at the Games, and there've been complaints from some athletes about how these have been handled.

So what safety measures are in place, and how successful has China's policy of "zero Covid" been?

What are the isolation rules at the Games?​

Anyone testing positive after arrival is put into isolation and only allowed to compete after getting two consecutive negative tests taken 24 hours apart.

Those who have symptoms will be taken to a designated hospital and those who are asymptomatic will stay in an isolation facility. They're not allowed to go outside, but can request training equipment for their room if it's available.


A security officer wearing protective gear at the Olympic Village

Athletes competing in the Games are tested daily

There's also been some confusion over testing, with one competitor, Polish athlete Natalia Maliszewska, claiming that conflicting results meant she was allowed to compete in one race and then sent straight back into isolation.

And some athletes are unhappy about the isolation facilities they've been sent to after testing positive.

What other measures are in place?​

Foreign spectators are barred and tickets are not on sale to the general public.
Groups of local spectators are being "invited" to events and will have to observe strict Covid prevention measures "before, during and after watching the Games."


An intelligent bullet train designed for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

High-speed trains will run within a closed transport system for the Olympics


And people are advised not to travel into the capital, Beijing, from other parts of China.
It is also keeping the media, athletes and observers in distinct bubbles, with the rules saying anyone entering these bubbles must be fully vaccinated or spend 21 days in quarantine.

Overseas participants will enter a bubble upon arrival in China, and remain in it until they leave the country.

Local support workers, including volunteers, cooks and drivers, will also be part of a sealed bubble. They'll have no physical contact with the outside world, even with their own families.

This system applies not just to housing, hospitals and locations meant to serve the Olympics, but also transport links. There are closed-loop airports and high-speed rail systems (most major venues are outside Beijing).

Local traffic authorities have even advised the public to "avoid contact" if they have a road accident with a vehicle carrying Olympic personnel.

What did China do earlier in the pandemic?​

Travel to and from China has been severely limited, and there have been restrictions on internal movement for some two years now.


Any travellers from abroad who have permission to enter China are screened on arrival and sent to government-designated hotels for a mandatory quarantine of at least two weeks.


A customs officer conducts temperature check onboard after a flight landed in China

All international passengers must have temperature checks before disembarking

In most cities, this is followed by a further seven days of hotel or home quarantine, and then a seven-day monitoring period when social mixing is prohibited and regular reporting to local health officials is required.

China has stopped issuing and renewing passports for "non-urgent purposes" to its own citizens both at home and abroad, to further minimise international travel.
There are also strict controls on moving between China's cities (and sometimes between individual neighbourhoods) with further mandatory periods of self-isolation for those permitted to travel.

China has also put some cities into lockdown when cases have been detected.


Xi'an residents stand by barbed wire topped gate on their mobiles

Residents of Xi'an gather to collect essentials after the city was locked down

During these, people are only allowed to leave for "urgent matters", such as going to hospital. Surveillance by the police and local volunteers is also being stepped up, with harsh penalties for anyone breaking the rules.


Residents can be evicted from their homes at short notice and sent to quarantine facilities if infections are detected during a mass testing campaign. All non-essential businesses are shut, apart from food shops and some other essential suppliers.

Schools are closed and public transport is suspended, with almost all vehicle movement banned.

How successful has 'zero Covid' been?​

On the face of it, China has had remarkable success containing the pandemic.
Since the end of 2019, China has reported just over 4,600 deaths (according to Our World in Data). In the United States, more than 830,000 have died and in the UK, just over 150,000.


Line chart of deaths in China, the US and UK


Per million people, that's around three deaths in China, compared with 2,500 in the US and 2,190 in the UK.

Reported infections in China have also been very low, rarely rising above 150 a day across the country throughout the pandemic.

Concerns have been expressed about the accuracy of the official data, but it seems clear that both infection and death rates have been low when compared with other countries. The National Health Commission in China says 85% of its population is now fully vaccinated.
Despite this, China is almost alone in adhering to a zero-Covid policy regardless of the cost to personal freedoms and to the economy.
 

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Knock on the door: Covid stalks athletes at Beijing Olympics,​

For athletes at the Beijing Winter Olympics, testing positive for Covid-19 is one of their worst nightmares, and it can begin with a knock on the door in the middle of the night.

“It was insane, it was a rollercoaster,” said Kim Meylemans, a skeleton racer from Belgium.

The 25-year-old posted a tearful video on Instagram last week from isolation which highlighted the perils of competing in the middle of a pandemic, AP reports..

It is unclear how many of the nearly 3,000 athletes in Beijing have tested positive, but there have been 429 Covid-19 cases in the “closed loop” bubble in which the competitors and about 65,000 others are cocooned.
 

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