Chinese citizens are outraged after being told not to assist Olympians in the event of a car accident.

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Chinese citizens are outraged after being told not to assist Olympians in the event of a car accident.

In response to growing concerns about the Omicron variant, Chinese authorities have advised the public not to approach vehicles with Olympic athletes inside, even if they are involved in a car accident.

China saw its first local outbreak of the contagious variant in the northern port city of Tianjin, just weeks before the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022.

After Omicron was detected in two local residents on Saturday, the city, which is only 80 miles southeast of Beijing, is now testing its entire 14 million population.

At least 40 positive cases were reported over the weekend, with 24 of them being children, though health officials have yet to confirm whether they tested positive for Omicron.

Beijing traffic officials have now warned locals not to approach vehicles carrying Olympians, even if they have a car accident, according to the BBC.

“(hashtag)Beijing traffic officials, worried about (hashtag)OmicronVariant infections from visiting teams, have advised locals not to approach vehicles with Olympic athletes inside, even if they have a car crash,” Stephen McDonell, a BBC Chinese correspondent, tweeted.

“Imagine (please don’t imagine) if a car accident occurred in Beijing, and first aid was not administered quickly enough to an Olympic athlete because bystanders waited for emergency teams to arrive, as they’re now being told to do!”

Many others took to social media to express their displeasure with China’s strict regulations.

“No doubt, interesting times ahead,” one Twitter user, Bushboy72, said.

“Keep an eye on this.”

“Yeah bystander help is not something they really need to worry about,” another social media user, knupsbor, added.

“I wonder if this logically extends to accidentsinjuries that occur while competing?” said a third person, who goes by the handle murchiston.

“They love to use a sledgehammer, don’t they?” wrote Bilbo Baggins.

The Omicron variant has spread far beyond Tianjin, with two more cases discovered more than 300 miles away in Anyang City.

It is “impossible” for China to return to zero cases before the Olympics, according to Jin Dongyan, a virologist at the University of Hong Kong.

“It is impossible for China to return to zero cases before the Winter Olympics,” he said, “because local outbreaks keep popping up one after the other.”

“The only thing Beijing can do is learn from the Tokyo Summer Games’ experience and hold the Olympics while community transmission takes place across the country,” says a Beijing official.

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