Beijing Winter Olympics – 72 tested positive for Covid-19 – The IOC (International Olympic Committee) reported 72 cases from early arrivals pre-Games period, after 2,586 tests were conducted at Beijing Capital International Airport uncovered 39 positive cases.
In the closed-loop system, test 336,421 tests carried out detected the other 33 cases – all 72 positive cases have been isolated and close contacts identified. IOC says the system outlined in playbooks for Beijing 2022 is working, and all Games participants are to undergo daily PCR tests in China.
The IOC has emphasized on pre-departure, airport and closed-loop testing, with these multiple stages expected to reduce the chance of people incubating the virus entering the loop.
Also, almost all of the residents at the Athletes’ Village are expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Unvaccinated participants are required to spend 21 days in quarantine, before entering the closed loop, unless they are under the age of 18.
A Medical Expert Panel will also be required to judge cases, where individuals may continue to test positive, but may not be infectious.
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