In Beijing’s Olympic bubble: police escorts, daily COVID-19 tests, robot chefs

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Police keep watch outside a fence surrounding the Main Media Center that is inside a closed loop area created to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing, China, January 12, 2022. Picture taken January 12, 2022.

Police keep watch outside a fence surrounding the Main Media Center that is inside a closed loop area created to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing, China, January 12, 2022. Picture taken January 12, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING—In a hived-off section of the Beijing airport, arrivals for next month’s Winter Olympics are met by staff in white protective suits and undergo COVID-19 tests and swabs of luggage before being whisked in police-escorted buses to fenced-off hotels.

Unlike last summer’s Tokyo Games, which took place in a porous “bubble”, the perimeters of Beijing’s “closed loop” are sealed and guarded – precautions that will be put to the test as the highly transmissible Omicron variant surges globally.

At the entrance to the Main Media Center this week, security personnel guarded a…

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