The Beijing City Government confirms that two million residents in a residential area where the emergence of a small Covid-19 cluster will undergo the virus test. The test will be carried out starting this Sunday, January 23, 2022, less than two weeks before the Beijing Winter Olympics next month next month.
Quoted from AFP, the announcement was delivered a few days after the China Post Office ordered its workers to disinfect international letters. The order is given after the Beijing authority claims that letters can become a source of Covid-19.
In fact, according to the description of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Supervision (CDC), the risk of contracting Covid-19 from a contaminated surface such as relatively low paper.
In the past week, around 30 Covid-19 infections have been detected in Beijing, one of the most populous cities in the world.
The number of Covid-19 daily cases in China is only a small fragment of a large surge in infection in many countries in the world. This surge triggered by the emergence of Omicron, one of the very contagious Covid-19 variants.
Although the infection rate is relatively low, China continues to implement the “zero case” strategy throughout the country. This means that China wants to reduce the number of daily infections to zero, a policy called many countries as futile.
Instead of “zero case,” a number of countries began to consider or implement the “living with Covid-19 policy.”
Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 will begin on February 4. International delegates, media crews and athletes have begun to arrive at the Chinese capital. China has introduced a ‘bubble’ system in all Olympic sports venues to control the spread of COVID-19.