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Coronavirus

China scrambles to stamp out omicron as Olympics approaches

All of Tianjin's 14m people being tested and told not to travel

Residents of Tianjin line up for COVID testing. (Photo via Xinhua)   © AP

DALIAN, China/BEIJING -- The Chinese city of Tianjin is rushing to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious COVID-19 omicron variant before next month's Beijing Winter Olympics.

Testing of the city's entire population of 14 million began Sunday morning in hopes of curbing the variant's spread. Tianjin confirmed two cases of community transmission of omicron Saturday and reported 21 coronavirus infections Sunday.

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