Jan 30, 2022 - Health

Beijing officials seal off residential areas after COVID cases detected

A residential community is under closed-off management after a resident living here was tested positive for COVID-19 on January 22, 2022 in Beijin

A residential community is under closed-off management after a resident living here tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 22 in Beijing. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Beijing officials announced Sunday that they have sealed off several residential areas where two COVID-19 cases were detected, AP reported.

Why it matters: Government officials have urged local districts to maintain "full emergency mode" as coronavirus cases continue to be detected in the run-up to the opening of the Beijing Games on Friday.

State of play: Residents of Beijing's Anzhenli neighborhood, in the Chaoyang district, will not be allowed to leave their compounds after being put on lockdown Saturday, per AP.

  • Officials are setting up 19 testing points in the area in order to test all residents daily until Friday, AP reported, citing local state media.
  • The city also conducted millions of tests this past week on residents in the Fengtai district, where some areas are locked down.
  • The city detected 12 coronavirus cases between Saturday and Sunday afternoon, according to Pang Xinghuo, the vice head of the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control, per AP.
  • Another 34 cases were reported among Olympic athletes and related personnel, Reuters reported.

The big picture: Of the 8,000 people who have arrived in Beijing for the Games by the end of Saturday, 211 have tested positive so far, per AP.

  • Games-related personnel maintain a "closed loop" bubble that separates them from the public and is meant to help stop the spread.
  • Athletes must test negative twice within 96 hours of their flights and again once they arrive in Beijing. Masks are required and testing is conducted daily.
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