Beijing district orders mass virus testing ahead of Olympics | Coronavirus – Archyde

BEIJING — People in a Beijing district of around 2 million people were ordered on Sunday to undergo mass coronavirus testing after a spate of infections as China tightened anti-disease controls ahead of the Winter Olympics.

The government urged people in areas of the Chinese capital considered to be at high risk of infection not to leave the city after 25 cases were detected in Fengtai District and 14 elsewhere.

The ruling Communist Party is stepping up enforcement of its “zero tolerance” strategy aimed at isolating anyone infected as Beijing prepares to open the Winter Games on February 4 amid intense antivirus checks.

Fengtai residents lined up on snow-covered sidewalks for testing in freezing weather on Sunday.

The Chinese capital must “take the most resolute, decisive and strict measures to block the chain of transmission of the epidemic,” city government spokesman Xu Hejian said at a news conference.

“Basically, personnel in risk areas are not allowed to leave Beijing,” said Xu.

Nationwide, 56 new confirmed infections were reported in the 24 hours to midnight Saturday. The National Health Commission said 37 were believed to have been acquired abroad.

China has reported 4,636 deaths out of 105,603 confirmed cases and seven suspected cases since the pandemic began.

The Olympic Games are held under strict controls designed to isolate athletes, reporters and officials from the outside world. Athletes must be vaccinated or quarantined upon arrival in China.

Other outbreaks prompted the government to impose travel bans on the major cities of Xi’an and Tianjin.

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