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Beijing Reports Omicron Infection Three Weeks Ahead of Winter Olympics

HONG KONG—A domestically transmitted case of the highly infectious Omicron variant of Covid-19 was detected in Beijing on Saturday, raising fresh concerns weeks before the city is set to host the Winter Olympics.

The Omicron variant’s arrival comes even as the Chinese capital has been put on high alert ahead of the arrival of international athletes. Local spread of the Omicron variant was first reported less than a week ago in the port city of Tianjin, which neighbors Beijing, and has since spread to other Chinese cities.

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