The Beijing 2022 ‘closed loop’ management system, which was designed to protect those involved in the Winter Olympics from the spread of Covid-19, has officially begun operating one month after the event began. next February 4.
Starting Tuesday, the workers involved in the event will be the first to live within this circuit that includes the three host areas of the winter fair in Beijing, Yaqing and Zhangjiakou. Those who are fully vaccinated will not require isolation for 21 days before entering the closed circuit.
Once inside the ‘bubble’, participants will not be able to leave it during their stay in Beijing and will undergo daily tests for Covid-19. Within the closed circuit, there are shops, beauty salons, gyms, and cafeterias to serve people’s needs.
In this system, high-speed trains will be available to transport Games participants to approved locations, which include competition venues, training venues, and the Olympic Village. Participants will travel in wagons separate from the public to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus.
The organizers of Beijing 2022 designed a series of prevention and control measures in accordance with the country’s policies that include principles such as closed-loop management, PCR testing, monitoring, maintaining hygiene, and reducing exposure. .
Huang Chun, deputy director of the organizing committee’s pandemic prevention office, mentioned in an interview with CGTN that before entering China, foreigners have to take at least two PCR tests 24 hours apart. Use is also made of the DongAoTong application, a health monitoring system that collects reports of any symptoms related to Covid-19 every day.
The guide for the prevention and control of Covid-19 at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games indicates that athletes and official teams will enter and leave only through the 3-D terminal of the “La Capital” International Airport.
Upon arrival, they have to submit a health form and pass a temperature check. All will pass a Covid-19 test and whoever tests positive will be transferred to an isolation and treatment center.
In addition to strictly following the prevention measures against Covid-19, (including vaccination, closed-circuit management and the application of Covid tests), Huang Chun indicated that they have developed measures against winter respiratory infections.
“People must wear masks at all times, maintain social distancing, wash hands, disinfect and ventilate regularly. The temperature will be checked at least twice a day. In addition to the symptoms associated with Covid-19, we are also monitoring diarrhea, cough, and even jaundice and rash. “
Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, has reiterated the host nation’s confidence in hosting a safe event next month. Under its “zero Covid” policy, China has had the strictest coronavirus prevention measures in the world.
“We are confident that we will be able to overcome the challenges associated with omicron proliferation and present the world with a safe Olympic Games,” said Wang.