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2 Omicron cases spark citywide testing in Chinese city of Tianjin near Beijing

SCMP, 10 Jan 2022
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Coronavirus tests were ordered for 14 million people in China’s northern port city of Tianjin on January 9, 2022, after 20 local infections were detected. Two of the Covid-19 cases were identified as being caused by the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus. Tianjin is about 112km (70 miles) from Beijing, which is set to host the Winter Olympics in February. City officials said they have secured a stable supply of food and daily necessities, following a national directive to safeguard essential goods supplies ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday and Winter Games. Complaints of food shortages were reported in the northwestern city of Xian, which has been battling its own outbreak since early December 2021.

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