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China finds first COVID-19 cases among foreign athletes at test events

The Beijing 2022 logo is seen outside the headquarters of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Shougang Park, the site of a former steel mill, in Beijing, China, 10 November 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING, Nov 12 (Reuters) – China on Friday reported the first COVID-19 cases among foreign athletes during preparatory events for the upcoming Winter Games in Beijing 2022, as strict measures being taken to contain any outbreaks are put to the test stated.

Two lugers of the same nationality tested positive, said Huang Chun, an official of the Games’ organizing committee.

Both have been transferred to quarantine hotels, he told a news conference in the Chinese capital.

Beijing’s vice mayor previously said the coronavirus would be one of the biggest challenges for the city as the host of the Games.

A widespread outbreak related to the Games would damage China’s track record of rapidly containing clusters as China has chosen to maintain a zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19.

The Games will take place from February 4 to 20, all participants will be subjected to COVID-19 testing on a daily basis and there will be no international spectators. Athletes and other Games-related personnel will also be enveloped in a “closed loop” bubble.

“We will still have the person participate in workouts and activities related to the games, but (the person) will have to go through strict health monitoring and COVID-19 testing every day,” Huang said, referring to the first athlete to test positive. tested .

The person also stays in his room, eats and rides alone in vehicles, Huang told reporters.

The second case involved close contact with the first athlete, he said, without giving details of their nationality.

The announcement of the infections followed reports earlier this week about a Polish slider crashing during toboggan training. read more

Polish slider Mateusz Sochowicz hit a closed barrier that should have been open at the Olympic track on Monday, leaving him with a fractured left kneecap and a cut to the bone on his right leg.

After the crash, additional safety measures were introduced at the sliding center of the Beijing Olympics.

Sochowicz said his accident could have been much more serious had he not taken evasive action. read more

The 25-year-old also said the track team was slow to respond and that he spent half an hour on the ice before being taken to hospital for surgery.

Yao Hui, director of site management, told reporters at the same press conference that medical workers came to his rescue within three minutes.

Sochowicz will be released from the hospital on Friday, Yao said.

Reporting by Thomas Suen and Gabriel Crossley; Written by Ryan Woo; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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