COVID-19 cases mount among Olympic personnel arriving in Beijing

COVID-19 cases mount among Olympic personnel arriving in Beijing
# 31 January 2022 11:10 (UTC +04:00)

During the past four days China has detected some 119 cases of COVID-19 among people linked to the Beijing Winter Olympics, with authorities imposing a "closed loop" bubble to keep participants, staff and media separated from the public, APA reports citing Reuters.

The tally from the weekend showed 37 new cases on Sunday, and 34 on Saturday, with most testing positive after arrival at the airport, Games organizers said.

On Monday, Russian biathlete Valeria Vasnetsova said her own Olympic ambitions were over after testing positive twice after arriving in Beijing for the global sporting showcase event.

"Unfortunately my Olympic dream will remain just a dream," Vasnetsova wrote on social media. "Maybe one day I will find the strength to rise again but it will be a completely different story."

Eight athletes or team officials were among 28 people who had tested positive on arrival at the airport on Sunday.

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