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Trees cover a hillside in Wuqi, Shaanxi province, the first county involved in the Conversion of Cropland to Forest and Grassland Program, in last June. [Photo/Xinhua]

>China to have 'forest chiefs'
China has issued a guideline to implement a "forest chief" plan nationwide amid the country's continuous efforts to protect forests and grasslands. It was issued by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council and urged that the "forest chief" plan be rolled out nationwide by June 2022. "General forest chiefs" should be appointed in all provincial-level regions, the guideline said.
It clarified all levels of a forest chief’s responsibilities in protecting forest and grassland resources.

A view of the Airbus A320neo aircraft in Tianjin. [Photo/China Daily]

>Rebound of air travel
China's civil aviation sector handled 420 million passenger trips in 2020, which accounted for 63.3 percent of that in 2019, indicating recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic fallout, according to the country's civil aviation regulator.
Domestic air travel reached 94.5 percent of its 2019 level in the fourth quarter, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said Tuesday.
China's civil aviation sector remained the world's second-largest in terms of passenger trips for the 15th consecutive year, the CAAC added.
The nation will step up measures to ensure efficient flight schedules for domestic and international airlines, upgrade China-US and China-Europe civil aviation cooperation and gradually loosen air travel policies in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.

A street artist performs as Italians prepare for tighter restrictions ahead of the weekend, as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rome, Italy January 8, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>'Patient zero' traced to Nov
An Italian was found to have been infected with COVID-19 in November 2019, making her "patient zero" of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
Researchers at the University of Milan revealed that a skin biopsy on a 25-year-old woman showed the presence of the coronavirus in Italy in November 2019.
The woman was affected by an atypical dermatitis, and a biopsy on her skin highlighted the presence of the novel coronavirus.
This is "the oldest evidence of the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a human being", the report said.
An earlier study by Italian scientists had detected the virus in a 4-year-old boy's throat secretions, following a swab test conducted in early December 2019.
A separate Italian study last year suggested that the coronavirus may have been circulating in the country as early as September 2019.
Infections are surging around the world, with more than 90.9 million confirmed cases and 1.94 million deaths by Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.


>Champs-Elysées turns into garden
The mayor of Paris said a €250m makeover of the Champs-Elysées will go ahead, though the ambitious transformation will not happen before the French capital hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Anne Hidalgo said the planned work, unveiled in 2019 by local community leaders and businesses, would turn the 1.9 km stretch of central Paris into "an extraordinary garden".
The plans include reducing space for vehicles by half, turning roads into pedestrian and green areas, and creating tunnels of trees to improve air quality.
Before the COVID-19 crisis halted international tourism, the architect Philippe Chiambaretta said that of the estimated 100,000 pedestrians on the avenue every day, 72 percent were tourists and 22 percent work there.
The eight-lane highway is used by an average of 3,000 vehicles an hour, most passing through, and is more polluted than the busy périphérique ring road around the French capital, he added.

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