The residential community of the newly diagnosed COVID-19 patient in Haidian District, Beijing, China, January 15, 2022. /CFP
Beijing health authorities confirmed the city's first case of the highly contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Saturday.
"A total of 15 close contacts have been traced and put into quarantine," Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the Beijing center for disease control and prevention, told a press conference.
"The individual has no contact with any confirmed cases and hasn't left the city within 14 days," Pang added.
The patient had a sore throat on Thursday and developed a fever the next day. Two people living with the case were tested negative.
Disinfection has been conducted at their residential community and an epidemiological investigation is underway.
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