The Guardian daily reported that 14 million residents of the port city of Tianjin, 150 kilometers from Beijing, will be tested for coronavirus after the pathogen was detected in about 20 people.
Among those infected, who were first detected with the virus, were 15 children between the ages of 8 and 13, four parents and a worker from an after-school educational facility. Testing for Tianjin residents began on Sunday and is due to be completed in two days.
The first two cases were detected in a 10-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman working in an out-of-school educational facility.. The Omikron variant was detected in both.
Tianjin residents are advised not to leave or stay at home until they can participate in the examination. They were also told that until a negative coronavirus test result is confirmed, they will not receive the “green code” in the Chinese Covid app. Almost all Chinese citizens are required to present a “green” code – the Covid passport, incl. In public transport vehicles.
China ramped up its zero-Covid strategy in the run-up to the Winter OlympicsIt is scheduled to begin in Beijing on February 4.
Millions of people were confined to their homes in Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, home of the famous Terracotta Army, and Liuzhou City, Henan Province. Both cities are further away from Beijing than Tianjin, but there are larger outbreaks of infection. In Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan, mass tests will begin on Monday and schools will be closed.
On Saturday, 165 new confirmed infections with the SARS-CoV-2 virus were reported in China, 92 of which are local. Most of the new infections occurred in Henan and Shaanxi.
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