More Residential Areas Sealed off in Beijing

After two more cases of COVID-19 were found in Beijing, officials sealed off several residential communities north of the city.

The city is on high alert as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics set to open on Friday.

Another 34 cases were confirmed among athletes and others who have come for the Games, the organizing committee said. In all 211 people have tested positive among more than 8,000 who had arrived by the end of Saturday. They include a Swedish cross-country skier and a snowboarder from Slovenia.

While the number of cases is low compared to other countries in the region, China has doubled down on its “zero-tolerance” policy, which tries to break the chain of transmission as soon as it is found.

Residents will be tested everyday until Friday.

– Meriqua Whyte