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As 11 Omicron Cases Reported in Beijing, China Limits Access to Olympic Torch Relay

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The flame relay will fun from February 2 to 4, and rally participants will be monitored starting two weeks before events begin.
Local organizers for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games are limiting the torch relay to three days, citing COVID-19 concerns. According to officials, the relay will run from February 2 to 4 and the flame will be displayed in enclosed areas considered „safe and controllable.“ Yang Haibin, Beijing’s deputy sports director, said that safety was the „top priority“ amid the pandemic. Xu Zhijun, deputy head of the organizing committee, said torch rally participants would be carefully monitored starting two weeks before the events formally begin. Although the number of new COVID cases has dropped in China to 11, since the Omicron variant was first detected on January 15, millions of people outside Beijing are in lockdown as part of China’s „zero-tolerance“ strategy to handle the pandemic. The International Olympic Committee released an official playbook, which athletes, coaches, press, family and spectators attending the games must follow.

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