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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-11-04 16:35

The giant screen shows that Tmall's sales reach 268.4 billion yuan (about $38.3 billion) on the 2019 Singles Day at the media center in Alibaba Group's Xixi Park in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, Nov 11, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

>'Health economy' on Singles Day
The "health economy" has grown sharply during this year's Singles Day shopping spree which started Sunday, the National Business Daily reported.
A presale campaign running since Oct 21 saw a 132 percent rise in sales for vaccine services in the first hour of the campaign from a year earlier in AliHealth, Alipay and Tmall.
Masks, thermometers, devices to measure blood pressure and more medical products have gone viral, so to speak, becoming "necessities" for daily life.
In the first 30 minutes of the Singles Day shopping spree starting Nov 1, the sales volume of medical products surged 220 percent on the JD Health platform year-on-year.
Among this surge, traditional Chinese medical products increased over six times and thermometers over 10 times. 
Mask sales surpassed that of the whole year for 2019 in five minutes.
In addition, data from multiple e-commerce platforms showed health products for vision, vitamins, probiotics and cubilose were bestsellers on the first day of the shopping spree.


>Hybrid rice produces record crop
Chinese scientists have achieved a record rice yield of nearly 22.5 metric tons per hectare, in an experimental field in Central China's Hunan province.
Assessment experts announced on Monday average yield at the field in Hunan's Hengnan county planted with the third generation of hybrid rice varieties reached 911.7 kg per 0.66 hectare.
In July, early harvests at the same field growing another strain of third-generation hybrid rice showed an average yield of 619.06 kg per 0.66 hectare.
Yuan Longping, renowned agricultural expert known for spearheading research into hybrid rice strains, said on Monday the new record means 0.66 hectare of rice fields can feed five people.
"The next goal is to promote the experiences of Hengnan county and plant the advanced rice variety in other rice-producing regions in China, contributing to safeguarding the country's food security," he said.


>Grotto temples limit visitors
The National Cultural Heritage Administration and Ministry of Culture and Tourism jointly released an announcement last week demanding administrations of all ancient grotto temple sites across the country set caps on the number of daily visits to ensure longevity of such cultural heritage and tourists' safety.
Grotto temples, which were carved into mountains or rocks for religious purposes, were introduced into China from India and Central Asia in the third century, and became a pillar of Chinese Buddhist art throughout ancient Chinese history.
The Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, Gansu province, Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, Henan province, Yungang Grottoes in Datong, Shanxi province, and a series of Buddhist grottoes along the ancient Silk Road, have been inscribed onto the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Britain's Prince William wears a protective mask as he visits St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, Britain October 20, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Prince William caught Covid
The Duke of Cambridge was struck down with coronavirus in April but kept the diagnosis secret to not "worry" anyone, it has emerged.
The Duke, 38, is said to have struggled to breathe during his illness and was treated by doctors before isolating at the family home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.
The Duke's diagnosis came shortly after it was announced that both his father, the Prince of Wales, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson had contracted the virus.
He was reportedly concerned that revealing his own plight to the nation would create further panic.
There was no public hint that the Duke had fallen ill during the height of the pandemic, as he continued to work throughout April, carrying out 14 telephone and video call engagements throughout the month.

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