As a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, organisers in China have limited the Winter Olympics torch relay to three days.
According to organisers, the flame will only be exhibited in enclosed settings that are considered “safe and controlled.”
Public transportation networks would not be disrupted, and the capital’s 20 million citizens would be able to go about their daily routines without interruption.
In light of Beijing’s cold, dry environment and the potential for forest fires, Yang Haibin, Beijing’s deputy director of sports, emphasised that safety was a “top concern.”
The relay will run from February 2-4, covering the three competition zones in Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou in Hebei province.
On the scope of last year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the Games have already been affected.
Only a small group of spectators will be permitted entry to the games, according to Chinese authorities, and all Olympic participants, officials, staff, and media must remain in a secure area away from the general public.
After the Lunar New Year holiday, China’s most important yearly event, millions of people return back to their hometowns to see their families. Train and aircraft travel have also been halted, as the government has once again warned individuals who are away from home to remain put.
Xu Zhijun, deputy director of the organising committee, stated that participants in the torch rally would undergo health screenings and be closely monitored beginning two weeks before the event.
There have been 11 confirmed instances of omicron infection in Beijing as of Thursday afternoon, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
A “zero-tolerance” policy to dealing with the epidemic, which has been credited with averting breakouts on the magnitude of the United States and other nations, has kept several million people under lockdown outside of Beijing.
Due to the tight adherence to masks, travel restrictions, and school closures, as well as a vaccination rate that currently exceeds 85%, the number of new cases has declined significantly in recent days. A lack of exposure to Ebola might hinder the Chinese population’s capacity to respond to future outbreaks of the virus, according to some medical experts.
- ‘Baskets’ Star Louie Anderson, a Stand-Up Comedian and Actor Who Won an Emmy, Has Away at the Age of 68.
- White House Warns, Russian invasion of Ukraine…
- N95 Nonsurgical Masks Are Provided for Free | More Info…
A far cry from Beijing’s 2008 global Olympic torch relay, which sent the Olympic symbol on a world tour in advance of the city’s hosting of that year’s Summer Games. Demonstrators opposed to China’s human rights abuses and policies in Tibet, Xinjiang, and other parts of the country joined the relay, which sparked violent clashes and forced several stages to be cancelled abroad.
The Winter Olympics have been plagued by the same political and medical issues as the Summer Games.
An outcry over human rights violations by China’s Communist Party dictatorship prompted the United States, United Kingdom, and other allies to withhold dignitaries from this year’s Olympic Games.
Many delegations have recommended visitors visiting Beijing to bring “burner” phones rather than their own devices because of fears about their personal information being hacked.
As a result of the epidemic, the National Hockey League withdrew all of its players from competing in the Olympic tournaments.
Additionally, NBC has said that it would not be sending announcing crews to China because of the same virus worries that were voiced when the network removed most of its broadcasters from the Tokyo Games.