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Beijing restricts travel to more areas to limit COVID cases ahead of Olympics

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BEIJING — Beijing has restricted people’s movement in several parts of the Chinese capital, even though it reported fewer COVID-19 cases on Thursday, in a bid to reduce virus risk less than 10 days before the Games are hosted Winter Olympics.

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Beijing’s Fengtai District said Wednesday night that residents of several areas should not leave their residential compounds for unnecessary reasons and should undergo a daily COVID test.

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

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

Beijing reported five locally transmitted infections with confirmed symptoms on Wednesday, up from 14 a day earlier, according to data from the National Health Commission (NHC) on Thursday.

Although the number of cases is low compared to epidemics worldwide, Beijing is sparing no effort to comply with a national directive to extinguish virus outbreaks as soon as possible.

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The strategy takes on added urgency as China has pledged to safely host the Winter Games and prevent major outbreaks during the Lunar New Year travel season.

Twenty-three new cases of COVID-19 were detected among personnel linked to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on January 26, including eight among those already in the organizers’ closed-loop bubble, officials said Thursday. organizers.

The eastern financial center of Shanghai found the Omicron variant in a locally transmitted case detected on Monday, state television said Thursday.

At least eight provinces, regions and municipalities in China have found locally transmitted Omicron infections, while the total number of cases remains unclear.

Nationwide, China reported a total of 25 nationwide spread cases with confirmed symptoms for Jan. 26. There were no new deaths on Wednesday, leaving the death toll at 4,636.

As of Jan. 26, mainland China had reported 105,811 cases with confirmed symptoms, including local cases and international travelers.