Beijing Olympic torch relay closed to public over COVID-19

21/1/2022 12:02:00 PM

Beijing Olympic torch relay closed to public over COVID-19

Beijing Olympic torch relay closed to public over COVID-19

BEIJING: The already scaled-back Beijing Winter Olympics torch relay will be cordoned off from the general public because of COVID-19 measures, organisers said on Friday (Jan 21). The relay involving 1,200 torchbearers will take place across the Games\u0027 three sites and also travel to tourist attractio

BEIJING: The already scaled-back Beijing Winter Olympics torch relay will be cordoned off from the general public because of COVID-19 measures, organisers said on Friday (Jan 21).The relay involving 1,200 torchbearers will take place across the Games' three sites and also travel to tourist attractions such as the Great Wall from Feb 2 to 4, when the Olympics open.

"Safety will always be prioritised for this torch relay," said Yang Haibin, a Games organising committee official responsible for the torch relay."Given epidemic control considerations ... the torch relay and ceremonial activities will be arranged in safe and controllable closed venues."

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The relay involving 1,200 torchbearers will take place across the Games' three sites and also travel to tourist attractions such as the Great Wall from Feb 2 to 4, when the Olympics open. "Safety will always be prioritised for this torch relay," said Yang Haibin, a Games organising committee official responsible for the torch relay. That compared with one local confirmed infection for Jan 18. "Given epidemic control considerations . The Games will proceed in a"closed loop" that will keep overseas athletes from mingling with the Chinese population, and China has also as a precaution restricted spectator ticket allocations.. However, the city and China are still working under guidelines of getting any virus flare-up under control as soon as possible.. "But it is the countries that saw the early spike in cases that will be the most engaged with it (the testing system)," he told Reuters.

the torch relay and ceremonial activities will be arranged in safe and controllable closed venues. Related: China orders overseas mail disinfection over Omicron fears The city of Beijing should immediately launch full inspections over its cold-chain industry and make the testing of staffers and goods more frequent, the city government said in a statement late on Wednesday, after some infections were found to be cold storage workers. "They are taking a risk on their zero-Covid strategy that they wouldn't have had to take if they didn't have the Olympics," he said." In a break with tradition, there was no torch relay on Greek soil because of COVID-19 before the flame arrived in China. Last October's flame-lighting ceremony in Greece was disrupted by human rights activists. Nationwide, China reported a total of 43 locally transmitted infections with confirmed symptoms for Jan 19, according to a statement by the National Health Commission on Thursday, down from 55 a day earlier. Beijing will next month host the world's most restricted mass sporting event since the pandemic, with all participants required to operate in a strict"bubble" cut off from the outside world. Dr McCloskey said that while Covid-19 was a particular challenge, public health risks have long been a major concern for Olympic organisers, with the Zika virus also testing organisers in Brazil in 2016. Organisers this week cancelled public ticket sales after the Chinese capital logged its first domestic Omicron outbreak. As of Jan 19, mainland China had 105,411 confirmed cases, including both local ones and those arriving from overseas. Still, the handling of Swiss snowboarder Patrizia Kummer, who is not vaccinated, shows that China is showing some flexibility, with the athlete allowed to quarantine for three weeks instead, McCloskey added.

Travel restrictions into Beijing have been tightened, with all visitors needing to provide recent negative test results, as China battles multiple nationwide outbreaks. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of religion or belief, will take part in the torch relay and attend the Games, China's foreign ministry said Friday." REUTERS Related topics. The run-up to the Games has been overshadowed by a diplomatic boycott led by the US over Beijing's human rights record, including abuses of the Uyghur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region. Yang added that the torch relay will avoid public roads"to avoid disruption to locals' lives and the organisation and running of the Games". Related: ." (Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Tomasz Janowski) Source: Reuters.