Winter Olympics: China admits Beijing 2022 could bring Covid-19 cases

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Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee deputy director of the Epidemic Prevention and Control Bureau Huang Chun said China is fully prepared for possible Covid-19 infections indoors of the Games bubble.

Huang said staff and athletes infected with Covid-19 will not be able to compete or work, and will be sent to a designated hospital or isolation center depending on whether the patient is showing symptoms or not.

Symptomatic patients would be released after their body temperature returned to normal, respiratory symptoms disappeared, lung inflammation is resolved, and they had two consecutive Covid-19 tests within 24 hours.

They can then choose to participate in the next stage of the competition or return to work, Huang said.

As for asymptomatic patients, Huang said they would be tested every 24 hours in the isolation facility and released if they tested negative twice within 24 hours.

This includes a negative test within six hours of the competition, when they can return to the Olympics “with certain restrictions.”

Huang added that the organizing committee has also introduced policies regarding close contact of positive cases.

Affected athletes will have to accommodate and eat separately from other participants, commute between their residence and the stadium in special vehicles, take Covid-19 tests twice a day, and will be able to compete “under certain conditions” if their tests fail. turn out to be negative.

“Line of defense”

Huang said the Committee and the Chinese people were “very concerned” about the possible impact of potential Covid-19 cases inside the Olympic bubble on Chinese society at large.

“Our line of defense will prevent infections from spreading in the city, and we must maintain this line especially when it comes to the highly contagious Omicron,” Huang said.

    The National Stadium is seen from the top floor of the Olympic Tower in Beijing Olympic Park.

Han Zirong, vice president and secretary general of the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, added that cases of Covid-19 were found among athletes before boarding and at airport customs in entry for the tests since October.

Han said those infected have been quarantined and their close contacts have been allowed to train and compete under strict protection – some of which have even won gold medals.

“Even when cases of Covid-19 did occur, we treated them effectively and there was no spread of the disease. It is fair to say that the epidemic prevention policies have been well received. “Han said.

NHL withdrawal

The admissions and guidelines from the organizing committee on the virus follow the National Hockey League’s announcement that its players would be withdrawing from the Games.

The NHL announced on Wednesday that it would be withdrawing due to “the regular season schedule having been significantly disrupted due to the increase in COVID cases and the growing number of games postponed.”

“Unfortunately, given the profound disruption to the NHL regular season schedule caused by recent COVID-related events – 50 games have already been postponed until December 23 – Olympic participation is no longer possible,” said said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. A declaration.

50 NHL games have been postponed until Dec. 23, Bettman said.

On Thursday, officials of the organizing committee expressed their “regret” at the NHL’s decision in light of the “reassuring” measures for the prevention and control of Covid-19 in place for the Games.

Huang added that such measures “would certainly reduce the risk of spreading infections” and “protect the health and safety of athletes and other personnel.”


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