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Beijing reports Omicron infection three weeks before Winter Olympics

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HONG KONG — A locally transmitted case of the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19 was detected in Beijing on Saturday, raising new concerns weeks before the city is due to host the Winter Olympics.

The arrival of the Omicron variant comes even as the Chinese capital has been put on high alert ahead of the arrival of international athletes. Local spread of the Omicron variant was first reported less than a week ago in the port city of Tianjin, neighboring Beijing, and has since spread to other Chinese cities.

Beijing reports Omicron infection three weeks before Winter Olympics

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