The Extraordinary G20 Leaders' Summit on COVID-19
The Extraordinary G20 Leaders' Summit on COVID-19 was held successfully last night, and a statement was issued. This is a positive sign that G20 members are working together to meet the challenges of the pandemic and maintain the stability of the world economy.
The meeting of the leading group of the Communist Party of China Central Committee on coping with the novel coronavirus pneumonia underlined the importance of prioritizing the monitoring, tracking, isolation and treatment of asymptomatic cases, to consolidate the country's epidemic containment efforts.
the crime of disturbing frontier health and quarantine
According to the guideline, people refusing the health checks or falsifying health statement cards while entering China will be identified as committing the crime of disturbing frontier health and quarantine.
US consumer confidence tumbled this month to its lowest level in nearly three years as the impact of the coronavirus on the economy began to be felt.
The Conference Board reported that its confidence index dropped to a reading of 120 in March from February’s 132.6. It was the lowest reading since the index was at 117.3 in June 2017.
The suspected cases, confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, asymptomatic cases and those who have close contact with confirmed cases are recommended to wear surgical masks or respirators with no breathing valve graded at KN95/N95 or above.
With regard to ventilators, they are in great demand around the world. China is now under the pressure of preventing a resurgence at home and we also have a large demand for ventilators.
A lack of physical proximity shouldn’t mean a lack of socializing. “Social distancing does not mean social isolation,” the expert says. “We can use electronic means to connect to each other.”
A 2.5-day weekend will finally happen in China as three provinces and cities announced plans to implement a more flexible working schedule to stimulate consumption after the COVID-19 outbreak.
whole genome sequences of the novel coronavirus
On January 11, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention put online five whole genome sequences of the novel coronavirus and shared data with the world and WHO.
genome editing technique
A Chinese research team has achieved "deleting" specific memories of rats in the laboratory recently through a genome editing technique, and published a paper on the findings on the Science Advances website.
declare a state of emergency
The Spanish government declared a state of emergency on March.14th, placing the country in lockdown and ordering people to leave their homes only if they needed to buy food, medicine, or go to work or hospital.
Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week —almost five times the previous record set in 1982 —amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.
green channel for anti-epidemic goods
China Post and other express delivery firms have been making efforts to establish a green channel for anti-epidemic goods both domestic and international.
No Plastic in Nature
The resort city of Sanya in south China's island province of Hainan has become the first Chinese city to join its global peers in the "No Plastic in Nature" initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the municipal government said on March 28.
Launched in 2019, the initiative aims at helping governments, enterprises, the public, research institutions and other parties to find solutions to plastic pollution.
On April 4, China held a national mourning for martyrs who had died in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and compatriots died of the disease.
During the commemoration, national flags flew at half-mast across the country and in all Chinese embassies and consulates abroad, and public recreational activities were suspended across the country.
At 10:00 a.m. on April 4, Chinese people nationwide observed three minutes of silence to mourn for the deceased, while air raid sirens and horns of automobiles, trains and ships wailed in grief.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs encourages people to mourn their ancestors and deceased family members in more civil and eco-friendly ways, such as organizing commemorative and tomb-sweeping activities at home or online. Staff members at funeral parlors also offer charity services, for example, helping deliver flower and send condolence, to reduce risks of infection due to mass gatherings.
China Publishes Timeline on COVID-19 Information Sharing, International Cooperation
China on April 6 published a document titled "Timeline of China releasing information on COVID-19 and advancing international cooperation on epidemic response". The Timeline demonstrates how China has shared information and advanced international cooperation in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic.
college exam postponed
The national college entrance examination, or gaokao, will be postponed for a month to July 7 and 8 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
high-resolution digital soil atlas
Chinese researchers have developed a high-resolution digital soil atlas for the whole country, which will play an important role in arable land conservation, pollution control and environmental quality assessment.
5G unmanned delivery car
A 5G unmanned delivery car was put into use at the Beijing Institute of Technology, which can measure the temperature of people entering the campus, recognize facial information, and also conduct no-touch delivery.
peony cultural festival
A peony cultural festival will be held from April 5 to May 5 in the city of Luoyang, central China's Henan Province. Considering the epidemic control situation currently, this year's peony festival will be launched both online and offline. A series of events, including sending the peony to the medics and poetry competition themed with peony will be held during the festival.
integrated pilot zones for cross-border e-commerce
China will set up 46 new integrated pilot zones for cross-border e-commerce, as well as support processing trade with new steps and hold the Canton Fair online to keep foreign trade and investment stable amid the epidemic.
traffic control checkpoint
Wuhan, the megacity in central China, hard-hit by the novel coronavirus outbreak, started lifting outbound travel restrictions, dismantled traffic control checkpoints, and resumed operation of railways, airports, waterways, highways and buses in an orderly way from April 8 after almost 11 weeks of lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19.
rebound in the outbreak
Wuhan has revoked the “epidemic-free”status of 45 residential compounds mainly due to the emergence of asymptomatic cases. The city's residential communities will continue closed-off management, and residents passing through communities' entries must have their temperature checked and wear a mask as the city guards against a rebound in the outbreak.
land border control
With the rapid spread of the pandemic overseas and the rising risk of imported cases through land borders, local authorities are urged to hold the line with communities, ports and borders. China will tighten the land border control by supporting border regions in stepping up lab testing and medical treatment capabilities, while toughening port management, quarantine inspections and traffic controls.
China has unveiled a series of “unconventional measures”to stabilize grain production, including setting region-specific grain plantation targets, offering subsidies for farmers and raising minimum prices for state procurement of rice, which would ensure stable grain production for the whole year.
drive-in movie theaters
The coronavirus pandemic has led to the closures of movie theaters across the US and the delay of coveted 2020 blockbusters.
However, drive-in movie theaters throughout the US have not only remained open, but have seen spikes in revenue as consumers desperately look for ways to escape their houses while abiding by the rules of social distancing.
fabrication of sales data
Luckin Coffee Inc, the so-called rival to Starbucks in China, has exposed itself to risks of delisting and even bankruptcy due to severe fabrication of sales data. It alerts Chinese firms, both listed at home and abroad, to the bottom line of integrity.
A virus is blind to borders and races; pulling together is the only way out. Based on that conviction, China has walked the talk by bolstering global health cooperation to combat the pandemic and jointly build a community of common health for mankind.
Since the outbreak, China has been waging all-out war to fight the virus, and its response has proven quite effective. A life-first principle, strong and open economic policies and a cooperative mindset have defined China over the past few months, and the world has taken notice.
Long March 5B carrier rocket
China's Long March 5B carrier rocket is scheduled to make its debut flight in late April at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China’s Hainan province, according to the China Manned Space Agency.
The new model will be tasked with sending large spacecraft to low-Earth orbit. It will be tasked with serving the construction and operation of China's future space station, as well as the country's manned lunar missions being planned by scientists.
5G-enabled messaging service
China's big three telecom carriers unveiled a new 5G-enabled messaging service on April 8, which analysts said is likely to open a new era for social networking.
Falling under the technical name of rich communication services, or RCS, the 5G messaging service is designed to replace current short messages with a system that is richer, provides phonebook polling, and can transmit in-call multimedia.
The Special ASEAN Summit
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries have stood shoulder by shoulder with one another as well as with China to curb the spread of COVID-19, showing their strong determination and political commitment to battle the global pandemic.
The Special ASEAN Summit and the Special ASEAN, China, Japan and South Korea (ASEAN Plus Three countries or 10+3) Summit on COVID-19 Response are scheduled to take place on April 14 in video conference.
agreement on a phased reduction in oil production
Russian President Vladimir Putin had a phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on April 12. The leaders supported the agreement on a phased reduction in oil production reached by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and some other major oil producing countries in order to stabilize global markets and ensure the sustainability of the global economy as a whole.
China Digital Reading Conference
In response to the COVID-19 situation, the 6th China Digital Reading Conference, an annual industry gathering in east China's Hangzhou city since 2015, will be held online from April 23 to 30. The online conference will feature topics ranging from 5G technology, VR-powered bookstores and museums, as well as films and TV shows adapted from high-quality IP.
human companion animal
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has excluded dogs from its draft list of edible terrestrial animals. Excluding dogs- an essential human companion animal- is a common global practice and is considered a sign of civilization.
The draft has proposed as edible species the 18 traditional forms of livestock including pigs, cattle, chickens and ducks, alongside 13 special species including ostriches, silver foxes and minks.
“GigaBit broadband” networks
Since COVID-19 first hit Britain, data usage has soared by 50 percent or more, which has placed significant pressure on telecoms systems.
During the pandemic, Huawei is working with the likes of Vodafone, BT, EE and Three to keep businesses online and loved ones in touch. To support the effort, Huawei has set up three new warehouses and is redistributing key spare parts around the country to ensure continuity of supply. The objective of Huawei is the same as that of the UK Government- secure and resilient “GigaBit broadband” networks.
Hangzhou's City Brain is a smart city platform aiming to improve urban management with the use of big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence, among other cutting-edge technologies.
The Chinese Consulate General in Houston on April 13 started to distribute health kits to Chinese students studying in the southern United States as COVID-19 cases continue to grow in the region.
According to the consulate general, about 16,000 health kits containing face masks and other supplies arrived in Houston from China a few days ago. The consulate general has disinfected and repacked the supplies. The first batch of health kits will be distributed to six universities that have confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The latest World Health Organization (WHO) briefing on the coronavirus pandemic has underlined confusion over the risk of reinfection from patients who may appear to have staged a full recovery.
Officials say initial research suggests that not all of those who recover from illness develop enough antibodies to fight off a second infection.
Athletes completing doping bans over the next year will be eligible to compete in the postponed Tokyo Olympics, an unintended effect of the coronavirus pandemic. This is an issue to be addressed by the WADA as the global anti-doping regulatory body.
Witold Banka, president of the WADA, recently said testing was not their only weapon. They have the athlete biological passport, which is a useful tool for the profile of the athletes. WADA will do everything to maintain the integrity and beautiful idea of clean sport.
Sixteen Chinese charter planes flew to Iran, Italy, Britain, the United States and Spain from March 4 to April 13, bringing back home 2,744 Chinese, including 1,449 students studying abroad, Xiong Jie, spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), said at an online press conference.
Workplace safety should be enhanced as epidemic prevention and control becomes a regular practice, said a circular issued by the Office of the Work Safety Commission under the State Council and the Ministry of Emergency Management. Local authorities are required to shoulder responsibilities in strengthening safety management while organizing work resumption and production, according to the circular.