søndag 23. januar 2022

Beijing authorities conduct mass Covid testing as cases rise before Olympics

Beijing’s local government has ordered more Covid-19 tests on Sunday as China’s capital continued to report new cases, less than two weeks before the start of the Winter Olympic Games. Nine locally transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms were found in Beijing on 22 January, down from 10 a day earlier, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Sunday, adding that six out of the nine were in the city’s Fengtai district.

Fengtai would organise nucleic acid tests for all of its residents on Sunday, district health authorities said. City authorities also asked residents to proactively conduct nucleic acid tests if they find themselves with Covid-related symptoms within 14 days after receiving overseas deliveries. China had urged people to wear masks and gloves when opening mail, especially from abroad, after authorities suggested the first case of the Omicron variant found in Beijing could have arrived via a package from Canada.