Tianjin in China tests all residents after omicron find – CBS17.com


FILE – Visitors to a shopping mall cast shadows as they walk through a health checkpoint in Beijing, China on December 14, 2021. Tianjin, a major Chinese port city near the capital Beijing, began to mass test its 14 million people on Sunday, January 9, 2022, after a group of a dozen children and adults tested positive for COVID-19, including a few with the omicron variant. (AP Photo / Ng Han Guan, file)

BEIJING (AP) – Tianjin, a large Chinese port city near the capital Beijing, began mass tests on its 14 million residents on Sunday after a group of 20 children and adults tested positive for COVID-19 , of which at least two with the omicron variant.

Those infected include 15 students aged 8 to 13, a staff member from an after-school center and four parents. City-wide testing is to be done over two days.

China has stepped up its zero tolerance strategy against COVID-19 ahead of the Winter Olympics, which will open on February 4 in Beijing. The Chinese capital is located 115 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Tianjin and is connected by a high-speed rail link that takes less than an hour.

Millions of people are confined to their homes in Xi’an and Yuzhou, two other cities more distant but where epidemics are more severe. Zhengzhou City, the provincial capital 70 kilometers (40 miles) north of Yuzhou, is also conducting mass testing and closing schools from Monday.

The first two confirmed cases in Tianjin were a 10-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman working at the after-school center. Both were infected with the omicron variant. In subsequent tests on close contacts, another 18 tested positive and 767 tested negative on Saturday evening.

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