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China Testing Entire City of 14 Million for COVID a Second Time, Suspends Trains, Buses

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The city of Tianjin is an hour from Beijing, where the Winter Olympic Games will begin on February 4.
Tianjin’s population of 14 million will have to be tested for COVID-19 for the second time as nearly 100 new cases were reported on Sunday. The cases were found during initial screenings conducted throughout the Chinese city. A total of 97 cases were recorded, with others anticipated being found in the coming days. Around 12 million tests have already been distributed and 7.8 million of those were returned with samples. All citizens have been ordered to shelter in place as the investigation continues. The outbreak could pose a major problem for one major event. Tianjin is only an hour from Beijing, where the Winter Olympic Games are still scheduled to begin on February 4. With high-speed railways and buses now suspended, it is unclear whether the outbreak could spread to the host city. Hong Kong recently closed schools and banned incoming flights from several countries, including the United States, in an effort to prevent the further spread of the Omicron variant. In total,166 new cases of COVID-19 were found on Tuesday in China, which has 3,476 active cases. Also in the north, two college students who traveled earlier this month by train from Tianjin tested positive for the virus Wednesday in the city of Dalian, city officials said. There was no word on what variant they had contracted. The Omicron variant spreads even more easily than other coronavirus strains, and has already become dominant in many countries.

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