Beijing moves over 1,800 residents to Winter Olympics host city Zhangjiakou for quarantine amid outbreak of COVID-19
Published: May 23, 2022 11:20 PM
The photo taken on May 22, 2022 shows a nucleic acid testing site in Haidian district, Beijing. Photo: VCG
The photo taken on May 22, 2022 shows a nucleic acid testing site in Haidian district, Beijing. Photo: VCG

Over 1,800 residents from a community in Beijing's Haidian district have been transferred to Zhangjiakou, in North China's Hebei Province, one of the host cities of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, for centralized quarantine as the Chinese capital fights an arduous battle against the latest Omicron outbreak that has lasted for a month with over 1,500 infections reported.

Some of the locations they are transferred to include accommodation venues used during the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, a Beijing resident relocated to Zhangjiakou told the Global Times on Monday.

The residential community in Haidian has reported multiple positive COVID-19 cases in the past few days, and in efforts to minimize the risk of community spread, 100 vehicles were arranged to relocate some 1,800 residents, media reported on Monday.

They will spend seven days in centralized quarantine first and another seven days at home if their household conditions meet the requirements of the epidemic prevention authorities.

Meanwhile, for special groups of people such as those with underlying diseases, the elderly, high school students preparing for college entrance examinations and people with pets can stay at home for quarantine after assessment by disease control departments.

A total of seven hotels in Zhangjiakou that served the international sports games will host these residents.

Liu Miao, a Beijing resident transferred to Zhangjiakou, told the Global Times on Monday that one of the venues is the Winter Olympic Village and another one also accommodated Olympic athletes during the Games; therefore, their hotel rooms are well furnished and services are well in place.

"It was rather late when we checked into our rooms, at about 9:30 pm. The hotel has prepared meals and soft drinks for us that were placed in front of our doors. My kid had a good time," Liu said, sharing photos of her child eating a lunchbox that consisted of five dishes and some rice.

They have not been told how long they will have to stay in the hotel. And although every one of them, including Liu's 3-year-old daughter, gets an individual room, the hotel staff has not made mandatory requirements for them to quarantine in separate rooms.

"Requirements differ from place to place though," Liu said. "Some of the quarantine hotels ask every single person to stay in separate rooms, even if they are from the same household."

Another 100 people, including medical staff and security personnel, have been dispatched to Zhangjiakou to fully support medical and other needs of the residents.

Some 5,000 residents in a community in Beijing's Chaoyang district were transferred for seven-day centralized quarantine on Saturday after 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases were detected in eight buildings since the compound was locked down on May 12.