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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-08-02 18:11


>UK public deletes COVID-19 app

Politicians and scientists in the UK are concerned that people are deleting the official COVID-19 mobile phone app, or at least switching off its tracing function, to avoid having to self-isolate.


An opinion poll released this month found that a third of 18- to 34-year-olds in the UK have deleted the app.
本月公布的最新民调显示,英国超过30% 的18至34岁民众已经卸载了新冠追踪应用程序。


The app uses Bluetooth technology to anonymously detect whether users have been within two meters of someone who’s subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more.


There’s no legal duty to self-isolate when someone gets an alert, but it’s strongly encouraged by the government.


The Department of Health and Social Care said the app had been downloaded more than 26 million times, but declined to comment on how many people had since deleted it or switched off the contact tracing function.


The app prevented an estimated 600,000 COVID-19 cases and 8,000 deaths between September and December 2020, a spokesperson for the department said.


Gymnasts of ROC pose during the awarding ceremony after the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, July 27, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Medalists allowed to remove masks

The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it has relaxed COVID-19 protocols at the Tokyo Olympics to allow medalists to take off their masks for up to 30 seconds on the podium to be photographed.


The relaxation of the rule was decided on condition that medalists are physically distanced, while they are still required to wear masks when they take a group photo at the victory ceremony.


IOC said the change will "allow athletes to have an image for the media that captures their faces and their emotions during a unique moment in their sporting career, as well as to celebrate the achievements of all the medalists together."



A person wearing a protective face mask uses her mobile phone during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Los Angeles, California, US, March 31, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>Pandemic in US out of control


Former Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday that the pandemic is “spiraling out of control yet again,” as cases begin to rise and the country’s vaccination rate plateaus.


As of Sunday, only 49.1% of Americans were fully vaccinated, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


In 48 states, the rate of new COVID-19 cases this past week jumped by at least 10% compared to the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.


In 34 of those states, the rate of new cases increased by more than 50%. Hospitals are filling up again with COVID-19 patients, except now, they are younger than before, said doctors in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Missouri.


China's Yang Qian takes aim during the women's 10-meter air rifle competition at Asaka Shooting Range at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan on Saturday. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Winners told not to bite medals


Victory must taste pretty great - or at least that's what it seems each time an Olympic winner bites into their medal while posing for photos on the podium.


Now Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizers have taken to Twitter to remind athletes that the medals are “not edible, and are actually made from recycled electronic devices donated by the Japanese public.


So, you don't have to bite them... but we know you still will," the cheeky tweet read.


The Tokyo 2020 Medal Project took two years of national effort to collect enough gadgets to produce around 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals that will be given out at the Olympics. The recycling campaign produced a total of 32kg of gold, 3,492.7kg of silver and 2,199.9kg of bronze from nearly 80 tons of old mobile phones, laptops and other devices.



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