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China’s Virus Flare-Up Delays Tianjin Meetings as Olympics Await

  • Port city postpones two meetings as Covid-19 spreads
  • National People’s Congress may be affected again by pandemic
A resident undergoes a nucleic acid test in Tianjin on Jan. 12.
A resident undergoes a nucleic acid test in Tianjin on Jan. 12.Source: AFP/Getty Images

China postponed two political meetings in the port city that borders Beijing over its sudden Covid-19 outbreak, a move that’s raising concern whether the Olympics and annual national legislative meetings can go ahead smoothly.

Tianjin city officials delayed two separate meetings of the Committee of the People’s Congress of Tianjin due to the surge in Covid infections, according to a report by state broadcaster China Central Television. One of the gatherings was originally scheduled to take place on Jan. 16. The new dates of the two meetings have not yet been determined.