— Published 14 February 2022

No more cases under the bubble

Every day there is a different count of cases of COVID-19 at the Beijing Games. The Chinese organisers are following the same ritual, with a steady decline in the curve. They announced at a press conference on Monday 14 February that they had recorded only three new cases in 24 hours for the previous day. They were all detected among new arrivals at Beijing airport. Among them, only one athlete or team official. A day earlier, the daily health bulletin showed the same result, only three cases of COVID-19. As we enter the second week of the Games, the situation seems to be under control within the health bubble, the “closed loop”, where new cases have been reduced to zero. In total, the Organising Committee has now received 432 cases since 23 January, of which only 183 are from athletes or team officials.