Wuhan Marathon postponed as China faces Covid-19 rise

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The Wuhan Marathon, which was supposed to take place on Sunday, was briefly postponed due to growing concerns over the resurgence of the coronavirus

China reported 26 new domestic cases of Covid19 on Sunday, in the latest outbreak

The Wuhan Marathon, which was supposed to take place on Sunday, was briefly postponed due to growing concerns over the resurgence of the coronavirus in China ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

China reported 26 new domestic cases of Covid19 on Sunday, in an outbreak that has become the latest test of The country’s zero-tolerance approach is more than 100 days into the Olympics. 4,444 authorities compete to contain virus infections through mass population testing and targeted lockdowns.

 But with cases rising, the organizers of the Wuhan marathon said in a statement released last weekend that they would postpone the event on Sunday in the central Chinese city in order to prevent the risk of the epidemic spreading.

The Marathon is expected to have 26,000 participants; The 40th edition of next weekend’s Beijing marathon could also be postponed

 The Marathon is expected to have 26,000 participants take part in races including a full marathon and a half marathon in the city where the coronavirus was first identified in late 2019.

 The 40th edition of next weekend’s Beijing marathon could also be postponed, local newspaper Beijing Daily said on Sunday. Organizers did not immediately respond when they were contacted by AFP.

 As China grapples with the latest spike in the coronavirus, authorities announced on Sunday the suspension of interprovincial tourism groups in five areas where cases have been detected, including Beijing.

National Health Commission spokesperson Mi Feng said that the risk that the outbreak spreads further is still on the increase.

Some cities, including Gansu`s provincial capital of Lanzhou, and parts of Inner Mongolia have also suspended bus and taxi services, authorities said.

Domestic infections involve a strain of the Delta variant from abroad

 The recent spate of domestic infections involves a strain of the Delta variant from abroad, with most cases so far related to 13 tour groups or self-driving tours, said Wu Liangyou, another health official.

The postponement and suspensions come as Beijing will on Wednesday mark 100 days before the Winter Olympics, which are set to open February 4.

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