Chinese cities battle COVID-19 as Winter Olympics loom

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A Chinese flag and a Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics flag flutter at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games village in Beijing on December 24, 2021.

A Chinese flag and a Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics flag flutter at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games village in Beijing on December 24, 2021. (Photo by Jade GAO / AFP)

China is battling coronavirus outbreaks in several cities, testing the country’s strict “zero-COVID” strategy just weeks before Beijing hosts the Winter Olympics.

Here’s a rundown of the measures in place in key areas of the world’s most populous nation.

Tianjin

Fears are growing about China’s largest domestic Omicron cluster to date in the northern port city of Tianjin, where two confirmed cases of the highly transmissible variant were discovered over the weekend.

Local virus prevention official Zhang Ying said Saturday that the strain of virus identified had been transmitting for “at least three generations” — indicating weeks of earlier spread — with the source unclear.

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