In a letter sent from Canada in early January, China stated that the first case of the Omicron variant was discovered in the national capital, Beijing.
It came to the fore in the daily narrative Global Times, A spokesman for the Communist Party of China, quoting health officials in Beijing.
“The patient who tested positive for the Omicron variant on Saturday received an international courier on January 11. It was shipped from Canada on January 7. Transferred to Beijing via Hong Kong, United States and China.”
Omicron traces were found on the outer surface of the envelope, on the inner walls as well as on the questionable letter, which was written in an article in question published in the middle of Monday.
Health officials examined all the letters in the same batch and reported finding traces of the virus in five of them. When eight people who were in contact with the letter in question were tested, it turned out to be negative.
Authorities also tracked down more than 16,000 people in the area, including 69 people who had been in contact with the woman in question in the past two weeks. All results were negative.
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According to the BBC, the case is still of concern to authorities in Beijing, who have asked the population to stop bringing in packages from outside the country.
Called to comment on the claims of Global Times, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos stated that he was not in a position to comment at this stage on the scientific reality of the allegation.
This is not the first case of Omicron entering China.
Cases have already been reported in Shanghai, Zhuhai and Zhangzhou in Guangdong province, as well as in Tianjin and other provinces in Henan province.
The recent spread of the Delta and Omicron variants is causing concern in the country, which is set to host the Olympic Games within three weeks. In fact, Public Health has identified a “peak” that has never been reached since March 2020.
China follows a “COVID-zero” policy, taking all possible means to curb the spread of the virus, such as imposing strict sanctions, conducting screening tests on entire cities, and blocking traffic. Between affected areas.