Coronavirus Panic Spreads in Beijing Three Months Before Olympics

Beijing canceled half of all flights into and out of the city and locked down its most populous neighborhood — considered the “largest residential area in Asia” — on Tuesday to contain the spread of nationwide coronavirus outbreak that threatens to overtake the Chinese national capital just three months before it is scheduled to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

People line up to get a booster shot of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine in a tent set up outside a shopping mall in Beijing on November 1, 2021. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

Coronavirus Panic: China Quarantines Entire Trains Heading into Beijing

Chinese health authorities ordered two high-speed trains bound for Beijing to “urgently stop” on Thursday so they could place all passengers and staff under a seven-day quarantine, saying they suspected “close contacts of a positive COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] case were onboard,” the state-run Global Times reported Friday.

Passengers wearing face masks wait for a train to arrive at Jiujiang railway station in Jiujiang, a city which sits on the border between Chinas central Jiangxi province and Hubei province, the epicentre of the country's COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, on March 18, 2020. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) (Photo …

Coronavirus Forces China to Postpone Beijing Marathon

Government authorities in Beijing announced Sunday they would postpone the upcoming Beijing Marathon — originally scheduled for October 31 — until an unknown date in an effort to contain a new outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus in the national capital, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

Participants compete during the 2021 Beijing Half Marathon at Tiananmen Square on April 24, 2021 in Beijing, China. More than 10,000 people participated in the race. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

China Denounces ‘Irresponsible’ U.S.-U.K.-Australia Military Pact

Beijing on Thursday denounced the new “AUKUS” military pact announced by Australia, the U.K., and the U.S. Wednesday, describing the alliance — which aims to counter China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region — as “extremely irresponsible” and warning it “seriously undermines regional peace.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian speaks at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

Beijing Reports First Coronavirus Cases Since January

Beijing on Wednesday recorded its first new cases of the Chinese coronavirus since January as Chinese health officials said a recent outbreak of the disease in eastern China’s Nanjing city continues to spread nationwide, China’s state-run Global Times reported.

Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) stand at the entrance to the Legendale Hotel in the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing on July 29, 2021, after China reported virus outbreaks in three cities, including the capital. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP) / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the …