Meanwhile, China is witnessing a rise in Covid-19 cases in its major cities including Beijing. After reporting the first case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the strict new Covid-19 restrictions come into force in the city. This comes ahead of Winter Olympics which is scheduled to be held next month. Beijing will now require travellers to get a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival in the Chinese capital, Taipei Times reported. The new rule, effective from Saturday to the end of March, is aimed to help with early detection of Omicron, which is surging globally, and the control of epidemic risks, Beijing Daily, a government newspaper, said on social media.