Three foreign winter Olympic athletes tested positive for Covid-19

What’s new: Three foreign athletes who are slated to compete in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics have tested positive for Covid-19 this month, the organizing committee said at a press conference on Thursday.

All three cases were asymptomatic and the three infected athletes were isolated for medical observation at a designated hospital, officials from the Beijing organizing committee said.

The first case was a foreign athlete scheduled to compete in a luge event who tested positive after arriving in China on a chartered flight on November 4. On November 11, it was confirmed that close contact of this athlete was infected. The third case was reported Tuesday in Beijing’s northern Yanqing District, where the Olympic luge events are held.

The three athletes entered China for early training ahead of the start of the Winter Olympics in early February.

The background: According to the committee, all athletes entering the country for the games will be managed in what officials call a “closed loop”, in which athletes will be transported in designated vehicles, stay in hotels or Olympic villages. designated and will compete. in specific competition areas. None will be allowed to take public transport.

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Naomi C. Amerson