Winter Olympics: Beijing seals off more residential areas after reports of 12 total COVID-19 cases

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Winter Olympics: Beijing seals off more residential areas after reports of 12 total COVID-19 cases

Beijing officials said Sunday they sealed off several residential communities in the city's northern district after two cases of COVID-19 were foun

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Beijing officials said Sunday they sealed off several residential communities in the city’s northern district after two cases of COVID-19 were found.

Residents in the Anzhenli neighborhood in Chaoyang district were sealed off on Saturday, and will not be allowed to leave their compound.

Beijing is on high alert as it prepares to host the Olympic Games opening on Friday.

Bronze medal winner Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates during the flower ceremony for the women's downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, Feb. 21, 2018.

Bronze medal winner Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, celebrates during the flower ceremony for the women’s downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, Feb. 21, 2018.
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While the cases are low compared to other countries in the region, China has doubled down on its “zero-tolerance” policy, which includes breaking the chain of transmission as soon as it is found.

The city is also setting up 19 points in the area to test residents every day until Friday, officials said at a briefing on the pandemic, according to state-backed Beijing News.

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The Chinese capital reported a total of 12 cases of COVID-19 between 4 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, said Pang Xinghuo, the vice head of the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control. All those cases came from people who were already under some kind of pandemic control measures.

The city conducted multiple rounds of testing for millions of residents this past week in Fengtai district, where some residential compounds were locked down.

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