COVID-19 cases at the 2022 Winter Olympics and 2022 Winter Paralympics

Cases of COVID-19 at the 2022 Winter Olympics and the 2022 Winter Paralympics
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationOlympic Village, Beijing, China
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
First reportedJanuary 23, 2022
Arrival dateJanuary 23, 2022 (2022-01-23)
Confirmed cases437[1]
Deaths
0
Government website
COVID-19 Positive Case List

Cases of COVID-19 at the 2022 Winter Olympics and the 2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing, China, is a cluster of SARS-CoV-2 infections within the COVID-19 pandemic in mainland China that began in the Beijing 2022 Olympic Village in January 2022, prior to the Opening Ceremony of the games on 4 February 2022.

There were 437 total coronavirus cases detected and reported by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games since 23 January 2022.[2] All cases at the 2022 Olympics are counted towards China's COVID case count rather than the home country of the person.

Background

On 31 July 2015, Beijing was selected as the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics, officially the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, during the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[3] It was elected over Almaty. The games were the second Olympic Games to be held in China following Beijing 2008 (Summer). As a result, Beijing will also be the first city to host both the Summer and the Winter Games for the Olympics and Paralympics.

On 1 December 2019, the first known case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a novel virus caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified in Wuhan. The virus has since spread to other parts of the country and around the world, becoming the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the deadliest pandemics in history.

During the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, there were 464 COVID-19 cases linked to the games.[4] Despite the strict COVID-19 containment efforts including bubbles[5] and claims of being the safest sporting event,[6] the Beijing Winter Olympics reported only 27 fewer cases than the similar scale event during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, which had less stringent COVID-19 containment measures.

Timeline of positive cases

Daily positive cases reported by the Beijing Organizing Committee.

The first case related to the 2022 Winter Olympics was reported on Sunday 23 January 2022. Out of the total 437 cases of COVID-19 linked to the 2022 Winter Olympics, 171 cases, including 68 athletes or team officials were among the COVID-19 protective bubble residents.[7] The rest of the 266 cases were detected from airport testing of the games related arrivals.[8]

List of positive cases reported by the Beijing Organizing Committee on and after January 23
DateAthleteStaff[a]VolunteerTotal
January 2307200
February 40090
Total00081

Impact

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Including media, contractors, and employees.

References

  1. ^ Fenno, Nathan (2022-02-20). "How effective was China at stopping coronavirus at Olympics? - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2022-02-20. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  2. ^ Fenno, Nathan (2022-02-20). "How effective was China at stopping coronavirus at Olympics? - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2022-02-20. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  3. ^ "Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics". BBC Sport. 31 July 2015. Archived from the original on 10 January 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  4. ^ Fenno, Nathan (2022-02-20). "How effective was China at stopping coronavirus at Olympics? - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2022-02-20. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  5. ^ "Winter Olympics in Beijing draws to a close: Marred by strict COVID-19 rules, fake snow and Kamila Valieva's doping scandal". Sky News. Archived from the original on 2022-02-20. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  6. ^ Kilgore, Adam (2022-02-18). "The Beijing Olympics' closed loop eliminated covid, at a price - The Washington Post". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2022-02-18. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  7. ^ Fenno, Nathan (2022-02-20). "How effective was China at stopping coronavirus at Olympics? - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2022-02-20. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  8. ^ Fenno, Nathan (2022-02-20). "How effective was China at stopping coronavirus at Olympics? - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2022-02-20. Retrieved 2022-02-23.

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