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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-05-12 19:14

The Palace Museum can be seen in this photo taken on April 30, 2020. [Photo by Jiang Dong/chinadaily.com.cn]

>Museum raises daily visitor cap

China's Palace Museum will welcome more visitors from next Tuesday as its daily cap on visitor numbers will increase from 5,000 to 8,000, according to a newly released notice.

Visitors still need to make reservations online, wear face masks and have their body temperatures checked before admission, according to the notice.

The Palace Museum partially reopened on May 1, the first day of China's five-day May Day holiday, after it was closed on Jan 25 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The year 2020 marks the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City.

The Palace Museum was built on the base of the former imperial compound in 1925.


People walk across from the Stock Exchange as the coronavirus keeps financial markets and businesses mostly closed in New York City on May 8, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>US unemployment rate hits 14.7%

US employers cut 20.5 million jobs in April as the coronavirus pandemic hit the economy and sent the unemployment rate to 14.7% – the highest since World War II, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The leisure and hospitality sector lost 7.7 million jobs, including 5.5 million in restaurants and bars.

Retail, professional services and healthcare each lost about 2 million jobs.

In demographic groups, the unemployment rate for Hispanics rose 12.9 percentage points to 18.9%.

For whites, blacks and Asians, the unemployment rate increased about 10 percentage points each, the Labor Department said.

The so-called real unemployment rate, which includes those not seeking jobs and the under-employed, soared to 22.8% in April, government statistics show.



Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a daily news conference to update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain May 11, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>PM: UK to ease lockdown

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has encouraged some people to return to work from Monday, in the first phase of a three-step plan to ease lockdown measures that have been in place since late March to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Johnson said employees who are not able to perform their duties from home, including those in the construction and manufacturing industries, may return to work starting this week.

But he said people should avoid public transport, if possible, and use cars, bicycles, or walk to workplaces.

During a national address delivered on Sunday evening, the prime minister said the second step in the government's "road map for reopening society" will involve the reopening of shops in phases from June 1, and students will return to school in stages.

Johnson said that businesses in the hospitality industry could resume operations in July under step three of the plan.

He said that the whole plan is conditional on the rate of infection, and noted that lockdown measures will once again tighten if the epidemic gathers pace.

"This is not the time simply to end the lockdown. Instead, we are taking the first careful steps to modify our measures," Johnson said.


Xi Yanchun, spokeswoman for the State Council Information Office, speaks at a news conference in Beijing, on May 9, 2020. [Photo/www.china.com.cn]

>Suggestions and proposals handled

China's two sessions, known as the nation's highest-profile political event of the year, will convene later this month.

The State Council Information Office briefed the press Saturday about the handling of thousands of different suggestions and proposals in 2019.

Ministries and departments under the State Council had responded to 7,162 suggestions made by national legislators and 3,281 proposals made by national political advisors in 2019, said Xi Yanchun, spokeswoman for the State Council Information Office. The suggestions and proposals were made during last year's two sessions. She said that the handled suggestions and proposals accounted for 87.8% and 85% of the total, respectively, and were all settled on time.



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