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Third foreign athlete in Beijing tests positive for COVID-19

Chinese and Olympic flags flutter at the headquarters of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, 12 November 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Suen

BEIJING, Nov. 18 (Reuters) – China on Thursday reported a third COVID-19 case among foreign athletes during preparatory events ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, which are being staged with strict measures to contain any outbreaks.

A foreign athlete who competed in the Beijing World Luge Championship was confirmed on Tuesday as an asymptomatic case after a routine COVID-19 test, state media reported.

The athlete has been transferred to an isolation facility for observation, state media reported, citing Zhao Weidong, an official of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

The athlete is in close contact with a previously confirmed asymptomatic case, Zhao said, without revealing the identity or nationality of any of the athletes.

The Luge World Cup serves as a test event for the Winter Olympics from February 4 to 20 in Beijing.

China reported on Nov. 12 that two lugers of the same nationality had tested positive.

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

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

All participants in the Games are tested daily and spectators from abroad are not allowed.

Athletes and other Games personnel will also be isolated in “closed loop” bubbles.

Reporting by Ryan Woo, Albee Zhang, Judy Hua; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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