China reports first community spread of Omicron variant

China has reported its first community spread Omicron cases, with two people confirmed with the coronavirus variant in Tianjin city, a Singapore-based newspaper The Strait Times stated citing local media reports.Port city Tianjin has begun mass-testing its 14 million residents following its first community-spread Omicron cases on January 9.

The confirmed Omicron cases belong to a cluster of 20 children and adults at an after-school care centre in Tianjin, which borders Beijing, the capital city, The Strait Times reported. They include 15 students aged between eight and 13, a staff member at the centre and four parents.

The Omicron patients are a 10-year-old student and the staff member, who is a 29-year-old woman. Neither have travelled out of the city in the past 14 days, the reports added, as per The Strait Times. The mass testing, which started on Sunday, is expected to end by Monday.