Omicron has also penetrated Beijing… olympic emergency


On the 4th of next month, ahead of the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the first case of Omicron mutation was detected in Beijing, where the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) had maintained ‘0 new cases’. In Japan, the number of new confirmed cases surpassed 25,000 per day, close to the highest level since the pandemic.

According to Chinese media such as the Beijing Daily on the 16th, the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced on the previous day that “a resident in Haidian District has been confirmed to have been infected with Omicron.” It is the first time in 75 days since November 2, last year, that a new confirmed case occurred in Beijing. The city of Beijing explained that the infected person had not left Beijing or had close contact with a confirmed person within the past 14 days. Two people living with the confirmed person were reported to have tested negative.

Beijing has announced that there have been no new cases of COVID-19 since November last year. Some foreign media have questioned the fact that there are no confirmed cases in a large city of 22 million people, but it is true that Beijing has taken the highest level of quarantine posture. As the number of confirmed cases in neighboring Tianjin increased, the city banned about 100,000 Tianjin-Beijing commuters from entering Beijing. It also halted air routes to Beijing from confirmed cases.

If Corona 19 spreads again in Beijing, the success of the Olympics will be difficult and the plan of President Xi Jinping to complete long-term rule through the Communist Party Congress in the second half of the year may be disrupted. There is also the possibility that the Olympic Games, which were originally planned to be held without spectators, will be held without spectators.

Japan is also facing the worst situation ever. According to NHK on the 15th, there were 25,742 confirmed cases of Corona 19 in Japan that day, close to the daily maximum recorded on August 20 last year (25,992). The number of new daily infections in Japan was 174 on the 15th of last month, but it has increased by about 147 times in one month. As the omicron mutation spread around the US base in Japan, the rate of infection rapidly increased. However, the third dose of the vaccine is slow. According to the statistics of the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office, only 0.9% of the total population had completed the third dose in Japan by the 13th.

Beijing = Correspondent Ki-yong Kim [email protected]


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