— Published 14 March 2022

Over 2.5 million tests

Very strong. With the Beijing Games now over, Chinese organisers have released the figures for their health plan, arguably the most stringent in history. In total, more than 2.5 million tests for COVID-19 were carried out between the time the hermetic bubble was put in place on 23 January and the day before the Paralympic Games closed on Saturday 12 March. A record number. The result: only 463 positive cases, or a positivity rate of about 0.02%. According to the organisers, only 16,092 people arrived in Beijing for one or other of the two events via the international airport, a historically low number that can be explained by the absence of foreign spectators and the sanitary constraints imposed by the Chinese. In detail, 284 people tested positive upon arrival at the airport, including 132 athletes or team officials. The other positive cases were recorded within the bubble, the “closed circuit” installed by the organisers to combat the spread of the pandemic.