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Border opening becomes unlikely

The temporary quarantine center at Shangyu Sports Center in Zhejiang can hold up to 2,500 people.

While the rest of the world grows nervous about the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus with great concern for the past two weeks, China only confirmed the first case earlier this week. A traveler from abroad tested positive for the variant on Monday after arriving in Tianjin, about 150 kilometers north of Beijing. Another case was then reported in Guangzhou on Tuesday. There have also been cases of Omicron infection in Hong Kong. A traveler from South Africa is even said to have infected another traveler with the virus during quarantine.

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