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China’s Omicron-Hit City Orders More Testing as Winter Olympics Loom

The northern Chinese port city of Tianjin has ordered a second round of mandatory testing for its 14 million residents, as the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant spreads to a third city weeks before Beijing prepares to stage the Winter Olympics. Tianjin, about 62 miles from Beijing, was the first Chinese city to officially combat the new variant. Tianjin has vowed to serve as a “moat” to protect the capital, which is to host the Winter Olympics from Feb. 4. Han Jinyan, deputy director of the Tianjin Health Commission, said the initial screenings of all residents that started on Jan. 9 had been completed. Han told reporters on Jan. 12 that they are launching a new round of testing as the source of the outbreak remained unclear. The mandatory screening has already brought disruptions to some global businesses, with Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. halting production in Tianjin since Jan. …

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