The organizers of the Winter Olympics, which Beijing will host in February, will not provide tickets to the public due to the “complicated” situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic after the Chinese capital reported its first cases of the Omicron disease this weekend. Variant has confirmed the corona virus.
The organizing committee will limit itself to distributing tickets between authorities, also taking into account that participants in the competitions will have to comply with strict security measures both before and after the sporting events, according to the DPA news agency.
Beijing is following in the footsteps of Tokyo, which has already restricted international spectators from attending the Summer Olympics. In addition, a strict bubble was set up in this case so that international athletes do not come into contact with the local population at any time and are subjected to daily PCR.
China has maintained a zero-cases policy against the virus, which has led to radical measures at the slightest outbreak, but this has not prevented community cases of omicron from being detected in at least a fifth of provinces. With the Olympic Games and Chinese New Year coinciding in February, there are fears of a recovery.
According to official press, the Ministry of Health has reported another 163 infections in the community in the last 24 hours. The city of Tianjin in the north is currently one of the major epicenters, which is important not only from a health point of view but also from an economic point of view, as it is an important transit point for supplies.