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Coronavirus digest: China tackles outbreaks with eye on Winter Olympics

Tens of thousands of people in northern China have been placed under strict lockdown as officials seek to keep a lid on a growing COVID outbreak ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

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9 Dec 2021
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12 Dec 2021
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IOC senior member Dick Pound told German radio that China would allow athletes to speak freely during news conferences. He said politics does not factor into decision-making on events.
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