Beijing holds speed skating test event for the 2022 Winter Olympics at the National Speed Skating Oval, also known as the Ice Ribbon. Medallists are given awards in a contact-free manner where they pick up their prizes from the podium as part of the Covid-19 prevention measures.
Beijing is cloaked by a thick yellow smog with pollution surging to hazardous levels as the biggest sandstorm in a decade sweeps across China's capital. Buildings are obscured behind an apocalyptic-looking pall of smog, as schools and sports events are cancelled.
Long queues form in Beijing for virus testing as China's capital kicks off a drive to test two million people in 48 hours. The city is rushing to snuff out a new local cluster of coronavirus cases believed to be linked to a more contagious virus variant. The mass testing campaign got under way in Dongcheng and Xicheng districts, with Beijing reporting 19 coronavirus cases in the past week.
How did we go from calls to research the origins of Covid-19 to China's call to boycott Australian wine? Relations between Beijing and Canberra started to seriously go south back in May when the Australians demanded an independent probe into Coronavirus. Now, on the week of first anniversary of the first documented case in Wuhan comes an official protest from prime minister Scott Morrison over the image of an Australian soldier holding a bloody dagger up to the throat of an Afghan child, tweeted from the official account of a top foreign ministry spokesperson.
Beijing accuses London of having a "colonial mindset" and "double standards" after Britain's government said it is considering reviewing a deal allowing its judges to sit on Hong Kong's highest court over concerns China is trampling on the semi-autonomous city's freedoms.