Beijing, on guard against outbreaks 100 days before the Olympics

Beijing today unveiled the design of the medals for the upcoming Winter Games to mark the start of the 100-day countdown to the Olympic event, which will be held under strict preventive measures against covid-19, of which outbreaks exist in several Chinese regions, including the capital. Despite the small scale of the outbreak (643 active cases nationwide), Beijing has already asked the population to limit travel and has banned people who have recently been in areas where they have been detected cases.

This week, the organizers of the Beijing Marathon suspended this year’s race, scheduled for October 31, “to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.” The capital, in which there were 28 active cases this Tuesday, wants to control the pandemic 100 days after the Games, which will make it the first city in the world to hold the Summer (2008) and Winter Olympic Games. The Olympic flame arrived in Beijing last week from Olympia, Greece, and will travel to various parts of the Asian country to encourage the population to practice winter sports before its relay, scheduled for between February 2 and 4 at three venues of the Olympic event, Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou.

At that time, the city will be the object of international attention, so the authorities they want to avoid a large-scale outbreak at all costs and strictly apply China’s now customary zero tolerance policy against covid. Last month, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee announced preventive measures for the Games, including a 21-day prior quarantine of unvaccinated athletes after arriving in Beijing and the exclusion of public come from abroad. Arrivals in China will need to record their body temperature in their home countries 14 days prior to arrival in China and undergo two nucleic acid tests within 96 hours of the flight.

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Upon arrival, athletes and journalists must remain during their stay in the Chinese capital in a closed circuit that will cover all their activities in the Chinese capital, and adhere to preventive measures, under pain of disqualification or expulsion for athletes, he announced today the organizing committee.

In the political aspect, the European Parliament passed a resolution last July calling for a “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Games for “human rights abuses.” However, the vice president of the International Olympic Committee, John Coates, said this month that the committee “does not have the capacity to go to a country and tell it what to do,” a comment that was “valued positively” by Chinese Foreign spokesman Zhao Lijian. , who declared that China will oppose “the politicization of sport” and that it will organize a “magnificent and safe” Games for the world. Beijing 2022 will be the third consecutive Olympic event to be held in Asia, after the 2018 one in Pieonchang (South Korea) and the last Games in Tokyo.

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