45 new COVID-19 cases reported at Beijing Winter Olympics
Driving the news: Athletes and officials comprise 25 of the cases, which includes 20 cases that were detected in individuals arriving at the Beijing airport. Five additional cases were detected in PCR tests from people already at the Games.
- 20 cases were also reported among Olympic personnel, including 14 individuals who tested positive inside the Olympic bubble. Six other cases were detected at the airport.
- "Even though the general number is increasing, it is within our expectation," said Huang Chun, the Games' deputy director-general of the office of pandemic prevention and control, Reuters reports.
- "We think the number will start to decrease."
The big picture: A total of 353 individuals associated with the Games have tested positive since Jan. 23, both at the airport and in the closed Olympic loop, per Reuters.