Ómicron already threatens the Beijing 2022 Games
The Chinese health authorities have confirmed this Saturday the appearance of the first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the country’s capital, Beijing, less than three weeks before the start of the Winter Olympic Games and in the midst of numerous outbreaks declared in recent weeks in the adjacent regions, according to the international state newspaper ‘Global Times’.
Hours earlier, the authorities also confirmed the presence of the omicron variant in the large city of Shanghai and the province of Canton.
China has added this Friday other 104 local cases of coronavirus amid precautionary closures in the Xian, Tianjin, Zhengzhou and Shenzhen areas, according to the official Chinese news agency Xinhua.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in China has reached the 104,745, including 3,451 patients still receiving treatment, of which 11 were in serious condition.
A total of 4,636 have died in the country as a result of the coronavirus.