FAST FIVE: Beijing Confirms More COVID Cases As Chinese Port Congestion Expected To Worsen

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Beijing Confirms More COVID Cases As Chinese Port Congestion Expected To Worsen As the number of days between now and the start of the Winter Games in Beijing continues to shrink, the number of confirmed cases of COVID acknowledged by the CCP continues to grow.

The presence of the omicron variant in the city wasn't acknowledged until just a few days ago, and the government has been pretty tight-lipped when it comes to confirming new omicron cases.

Beijing has emerged as the latest COVID hotspot after China's health authorities scrambled to contain the spread of the omicron variant in Tianjin, a coastal city near Beijing, and weeks after they locked down Xi'an, a western Chinese city of 13MM that has been locked down since just before Christmas.

While the outbreaks have interfered with production of semiconductors and other goods in Xi'an and elsewhere, China's ports have also been struggling with disruptions – and not just the port in Tianjin.

That comes on top of the problems Shenzhen port was already facing, with a viral outbreak earlier this month leading to lockdowns of districts, testing of workers and trucking delays at the Yantian and Shekou container terminals.

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