Over two million residents in Beijing’s Fengtai have been ordered not to go out of the district and avoid get-togethers after a residential compound was classified high risk, as the Chinese capital ramped up measures to battle the spread of Omicron and Delta variants of the COVID-19 ahead of the February 4 Winter Olympics in the city. All residents should not go out of the district and get together, Bo Lan, deputy head of the Fengtai district told a media briefing here on Sunday.

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The directive came as one residential compound in the district was classified as high risk on Saturday and an increasing number of cases were detected in the area. Fengtai launched mass nucleic acid testing for the whole district early Sunday. Medical workers from other 10 districts have been sent to Fengtai to help the epidemic control and prevention work, in order to cut the transmission as soon as possible, Bo said. The district will investigate all the 1,856 cold chain companies and 1,760 cold storage companies to avoid any risks, he said. Security and epidemic control measures were at a high pitch in the over 21.5 million strong Beijing city, as it is set to host the Winter Olympics from February 4.

The city is also bracing for China’s once-in-a-year largest human migration which takes place on the Spring Festival and Chinese New Year. The week-long celebrations are set to begin from January 31. during which millions of Chinese travel to their villages and other cities to join family celebrations.

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