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Beijing Olympics, OL |  China asks its citizens to stay away from Olympic transport

Beijing Olympics, OL | China asks its citizens to stay away from Olympic transport

Authorities in Beijing are working hard to ensure there is no infection in connection with the Olympic Games.

There is less than a month left until the start of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. So far, all indications are that the games will be in order, despite the fact that the omicron variant is spread all over the world.

The authorities’ goal is that those who participate or work during the Olympics should have no contact with the rest of society at all. China has imposed severe restrictions on almost the entire epidemic. The reason for this is the zero-tolerance strategy of the authorities. This means that all CHD in the community must be eliminated immediately, regardless of the cost.

This is reflected in infection rates. According to the World Health Organization, there were only 250 cases of infection on Monday.

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Therefore, participants are given strict rules to adhere to. They are not allowed to leave the “Olympic bubble” at all while they are in the country and must go into isolation upon arrival.

Just as during the Summer Games in Tokyo, there will be separate transportation for those in the ‘bubble’. In Beijing, authorities have made it clear that residents should stay away from these vehicles. In fact, they say, locals should not come close to helping those involved, if one of the Olympic transportations had an accident.

Do not come into contact with the means of transport or the people in it. Wait for the professionals, Beijing Road Traffic Agency wrote on Weibo, according to France 24.

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The “bubble” will consist of approximately 3,000 practitioners, as well as a large number of support staff, volunteers, and others. Many of these have already been isolated to be ready for the games to begin.

raise eyebrows

The move of the Chinese authorities creates a reaction. This was reported by many international media.

The BBC’s China correspondent Stephen McDonnell was among those who responded.

– Imagine that there is a car accident and first aid is not given to the Olympic athlete quickly enough because bystanders are waiting for emergency services, as they are now being asked to do! McDonnell writes on Twitter.

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Risks cannot be eliminated

The Olympic summit is expected to send a team of about 85 athletes to China. 59 has already been removed. Who will be the last will be announced on January 18th.

Athletes and other Olympians are encouraged to minimize physical contact as much as possible with others in the last 14 days prior to departure.

The Norwegian Travel Team mainly travel in two groups: the first on January 27 and the second on the 31st, both on a charter flight. In addition, a smaller group is traveling at a different time, as this timing suits them better.

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Halvor Lea is a communications consultant at Olympiatoppen and has never had any particular contact with individual sporting environments, but believes that Norwegian athletes try it out as a guarantee of charter travel.

You can never eliminate the risk of infection, but you can be as careful as possible, he says.

– What do you think of the Chinese authorities saying that locals should not help you in the event of an accident?

– What we do know is that this is a “bubble” set up to deal with different needs around health and transportation when such a large group of people gather in a closed system. We have confidence that it will work. We tested this in Tokyo, although it’s a bit tougher now. The experiences from Tokyo have certainly helped shape the measures we want to live under in China. It’s a country that knows a lot about regulation, says Leah, and doesn’t want to go too deep.