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Beijing district orders mass virus testing ahead of Olympics

Volunteers wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus chat with each other at an information booth for the Beijing Winter Olympics Games ...
A man puts on his face mask to help protect from the coronavirus as he walks by a decoration for the Beijing Winter Olympics Games at Qianmen Street, ...
People wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus line up to get a swab for the COVID-19 test at a hospital in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 23, ...
People wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus line up to get a swab for the COVID-19 test at a hospital in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 23, ...
Visitors wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus walk by lanterns on display at Qianmen Street, a popular tourist spot in Beijing, Sun...
A man and a child wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus walk by a lantern decoration on display outside a mall in Beijing, Sunday, J...
Family members wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus tour Qianmen Street, a popular tourist spot in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. ...
Volunteers wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus chat each others at an information booth for Beijing Winter Olympics Games at Qianm...
A man and a child wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus take a selfie with a decoration for the Beijing Winter Olympics Games in bet...
Visitors wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus gather to take souvenir photo with a decoration for the Lunar New Year at Qianmen Str...
Visitors wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus gather to take souvenir photo with a decoration for the Beijing Winter Olympics Games...
A child puts on her face mask to help protect from the coronavirus next to a lion dancer decoration at a mall in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. Chine...
Security personnel wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus stand on duty next to a statue on a shopping street in Beijing, Sunday, Jan...
A man wearing a face mask to help protect against COVID-19 prepares to eat noodles on the street of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Sunday, J...
A resident wearing a face mask to help protect against COVID-19 walks along a narrow street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Sunday, Jan. 2...
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, residents line up to get a throat swab for the COVID-19 test at a residential area in Fengtai District i...
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a child gets a throat swab for the COVID-19 test at a residential area in Fengtai District in Beijing, S...

Volunteers wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus chat with each other at an information booth for the Beijing Winter Olympics Games ...

A man puts on his face mask to help protect from the coronavirus as he walks by a decoration for the Beijing Winter Olympics Games at Qianmen Street, ...

People wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus line up to get a swab for the COVID-19 test at a hospital in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 23, ...

People wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus line up to get a swab for the COVID-19 test at a hospital in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 23, ...

Visitors wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus walk by lanterns on display at Qianmen Street, a popular tourist spot in Beijing, Sun...

A man and a child wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus walk by a lantern decoration on display outside a mall in Beijing, Sunday, J...

Family members wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus tour Qianmen Street, a popular tourist spot in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. ...

Volunteers wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus chat each others at an information booth for Beijing Winter Olympics Games at Qianm...

A man and a child wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus take a selfie with a decoration for the Beijing Winter Olympics Games in bet...

Visitors wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus gather to take souvenir photo with a decoration for the Lunar New Year at Qianmen Str...

Visitors wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus gather to take souvenir photo with a decoration for the Beijing Winter Olympics Games...

A child puts on her face mask to help protect from the coronavirus next to a lion dancer decoration at a mall in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. Chine...

Security personnel wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus stand on duty next to a statue on a shopping street in Beijing, Sunday, Jan...

A man wearing a face mask to help protect against COVID-19 prepares to eat noodles on the street of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Sunday, J...

A resident wearing a face mask to help protect against COVID-19 walks along a narrow street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Sunday, Jan. 2...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, residents line up to get a throat swab for the COVID-19 test at a residential area in Fengtai District i...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a child gets a throat swab for the COVID-19 test at a residential area in Fengtai District in Beijing, S...

BEIJING (AP) — People in a Beijing district with some 2 million residents were ordered Sunday to undergo mass coronavirus testing following a series of infections as China tightened anti-disease controls ahead of the Winter Olympics.

The government told people in areas of the Chinese capital deemed at high risk for infection not to leave the city after 25 cases were found in the Fengtai district and 14 elsewhere.

The ruling Communist Party is stepping up enforcement of its “zero tolerance” strategy aimed at isolating every infected person as Beijing prepares to open the Winter Games on Feb. 4 under intensive anti-virus controls.

On Sunday, Fengtai residents lined up on snow-covered sidewalks in freezing weather for testing.

The Chinese capital must “take the most resolute, decisive and strict measures to block the transmission chain of the epidemic,” a city government spokesman, Xu Hejian, told a news conference.

“In principle, personnel in risk areas shall not leave Beijing,” Xu said.

Nationwide, 56 new confirmed infections were reported in the 24 hours through midnight Saturday. The National Health Commission said 37 were believed to have been acquired abroad.

China has reported 4,636 deaths out of 105,603 confirmed cases and seven suspected cases since the pandemic began.

The Olympics are being held under strict controls that are meant to isolate athletes, reporters and officials from the outside world. Athletes are required to be vaccinated or undergo a quarantine after arriving in China.

Other outbreaks prompted the government to impose travel bans on the major cities of Xi’an and Tianjin.