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A medical worker collects a swab sample from a child in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, Jan 14, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

>COVID resurgence in China unlikely
It is highly unlikely China will experience a major resurgence of the novel coronavirus during the upcoming Spring Festival, given that the nation has created containment measures to quickly identify, isolate and control any possible outbreaks, a health official said on Wednesday.
Feng Zijian, deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the center has gained more understanding of the novel coronavirus in the fight against the epidemic over more than a year.
Large population movements and concentrations during Spring Festival, and an increasing number of parcels being delivered, will add to the risk of COVID-19 infection.
However, as long as epidemic containment measures are strictly implemented, there will not be a large resurgence of the COVID-19 epidemic, he said at a news conference held by the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council.

Giant pandas play after snow at Shenshuping base of China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Dec. 17, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Public invited to name panda cubs
A giant panda breeding base in Northwest China's Shaanxi province is inviting the public to give names for four panda cubs that were born last year.
People can send their suggestions via email to rcqgpanda@qq.com before Jan 31, with the final names being unveiled in early February, the Qinling panda breeding and research center said.
Participants in the campaign will have the opportunity to interact with pandas in the center at close range.
In 2020, four panda cubs were born in the center, including twin cubs.
Giant pandas are one of the world's most endangered species and live mainly in the mountains of northern Sichuan province, as well as in southern parts of Gansu and Shaanxi provinces.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister, speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan January 7, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>Entry of foreigners suspended in Japan
Japan will suspend the entry of all nonresident foreign nationals into the country as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday. The restriction is expected to last until Feb 7, the last day of an ongoing state of emergency in the Tokyo metropolitan area and other parts of Japan.
Japan halted all new arrivals of non-nationals last month after new strains of the coronavirus that are believed to be highly transmissible were confirmed in the UK and elsewhere.
But it continued to allow entry by businesspeople from 11 Asian countries and regions.
The government plans to suspend the entry of travelers, regardless of whether a coronavirus variant has been detected in their country, as part of its tighter entry restrictions following the declaration of a state of emergency. No foreigners will be allowed to enter Japan, except for special reasons, such as a relative's funeral or childbirth.
The government last Friday announced during the state of emergency all entrants, including Japanese national, would be required to submit proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of departure.

A man holding an "impeach" banner walks near the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., the United States, Jan. 13, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Trump impeached a second time
The House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached Donald Trump for inciting a violent insurrection against the government of the US a week after he encouraged a mob of his supporters to storm the US Capitol, a historic condemnation that makes him the only American president to be charged twice.
The deadly assault came as the House and Senate were in session to certify Joe Biden's victory in November's presidential election, a result Trump refused to accept.
Five people died during the siege, including a police officer.
After his impeachment, Trump released a video statement belatedly condemning the violence and appealing to his supporters for calm ahead of Biden's inauguration next week.
Though consequences for Trump will not include premature removal from office, the Senate trial would not be entirely symbolic.
Two-thirds of the 100-member body are required to convict a president, meaning 17 Republicans would have to join Democrats to render a guilty verdict.
If convicted, it would then require only a simple majority to disqualify him from ever again holding public office.

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