(ReliableNews.org) – The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are set to begin in less than a month on February 4. The games are going to go on despite the pandemic and the continuing spread of COVID-19. In fact, the situation in China is not great right now.
On Monday, January 10, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials in Anyang, China, ordered the whole city of over five million residents to go into strict lockdowns. The directive prohibited “all vehicles from roads and required all residents” to stay indoors while an investigation took place. The orders came after health officials found 58 new COVID-19 cases in the area.
If I'm reading this correctly, Anyang, China (population 5.2 million) has been put on lockdown. All non-essential businesses closed, no private vehicles allowed on roads, everyone told to stay home. Anyang is 1 of 2 Chinese cities w/confirmed Omicron caseshttps://t.co/VJGAaC0NXl pic.twitter.com/Me9KSgWL6b
— Steve Lookner (@lookner) January 10, 2022
The CCP also banned all travel from the area to “ensure the outbreak does not spill over into outside areas.” That’s especially important with the Olympics right around the corner. There are reports indicating the Omicron variant is already making the safety measures being put into place more difficult.
Chinese President Xi Jinping recently told reporters he was hoping for a “green, safe, and simple” event. As the virus spreads in the country, that seems unlikely. For now, the games will go on as planned and China seems intent on forcing its draconian rules on its citizens despite evidence from across the world showing the virus is going to spread whether or not there are lockdowns.
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