Beijing steps up COVID restrictions before Games

The city authorities of Beijing are stepping up coronavirus restrictions ahead of the Winter Olympics to be held in February.

Starting on Wednesday, all people arriving in Beijing must present negative coronavirus test results taken within the previous 48 hours.

Beijing continues its tight restrictions on the entry of people from areas where any community infection has been confirmed in the past two weeks.

The city authorities also plan to strictly control meetings and events involving people from various areas.

China has undertaken a zero-COVID policy to thoroughly implement measures against the coronavirus. But infections have been spreading in various parts of the country since mid-October.

In the seven days through Monday, more than 300 new cases of domestic infections were confirmed, mainly in the northeastern city of Dalian.

China is hosting its first Winter Olympics from February 4.