Number of Omicron cases in China continues to rise

BEIJING (dpa-AFX) – Three weeks before the Winter Olympics, the Omikron outbreak is expanding in Beijing’s neighboring city of Tianjin. As the authorities of the metropolis announced on Wednesday, a further 33 cases with the more contagious variant of the corona virus were discovered. The city ordered a second round of mass tests to test the entire population.

The first local omicron cases in China were detected in Tianjin on Sunday. Health authorities expected further infections. Omikron is likely to put China’s strict zero-Covid strategy to the test with mass tests, curfews, quarantine and foreclosure. The Winter Games are to begin in Beijing on February 4th./jpt/DP/mis

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