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A job seeker inquires at a company's booth at a job fair in Yichang, Hubei province, on Jan 2, 2021. [Photo/for China Daily]

>Job market kept stable despite virus
China's job market remained stable last year, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday, with an average surveyed unemployment rate in urban areas of 5.6 percent, below the government's annual target of about 6 percent.
Last month, the surveyed urban unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, and the figure was 4.7 percent among people aged 25 to 59, both unchanged from the same month in 2019.
A total of 11.86 million new jobs were created in urban areas last year - 132 percent of the annual target.
Zhang Yanhua, an associate professor at China University of Labor Relations in Beijing, said the surveyed urban unemployment rate accurately reflected the effects of the government's proactive job policies in aiding economic recovery amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
"Policies such as reducing tax and insurance fees relieved the burden on enterprises and helped them survive so they could provide more job vacancies," Zhang said. "Training sessions aiming to improve employees' professional skills were also effective."

Chang'e 5's probe gathers samples on the moon on Dec 2, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Lunar sample management
China on Monday unveiled regulations on lunar sample management, encouraging international cooperation in studying the samples brought back by the Chang'e 5 probe.
According to the regulations released by the China National Space Administration, the samples will be divided into four categories - permanent storage, backup storage, research, and public-interest purposes, like public exhibition and science education, according to the regulations.
In terms of international cooperation, the document stipulates that the samples' distribution will be done in accordance with international treaties that China has signed or taken part in. Meanwhile, the space administration encourages researchers at home and abroad to use the samples in joint studies on space science and to share their findings with each other.

A gaming fan takes part in an online King of Glory playing competition. [Photo provided to China Daily]

>Robust growth in animation
The total output value of the animation and mobile game industries in Beijing exceeded 100 billion yuan in 2020, up 32 percent year-on-year, according to the Beijing Animation and Game Industry Alliance.
The output value accounted for 19.3 percent of China's total, the alliance said. In 2020, the number of mobile game users in Beijing hit 5.08 million, an increase of 166,000 over 2019.
The alliance noted residents' digital entertainment consumption demand was stimulated in 2020 due to the COVID-19 epidemic, which was the major factor driving the growth of the industries.
Online game products independently developed by Beijing enterprises have covered more than 100 countries and regions worldwide.
Data shows that Beijing's total output value of game exports in 2020 was 41.93 billion yuan, up 30 percent from 2019.

A medical staff member takes care of a patient at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Nossa Senhora da Conceicao hospital, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Nov 19, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Herd immunity will not happen
World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Jan 11 that herd immunity to coronavirus would not be achieved in 2021, despite the growing availability of vaccines.
Mitigating factors to herd immunity include limited access to vaccines in developing countries, skepticism over vaccination, and the potential for virus mutations, according to health experts.
"We are not going to achieve any levels of population immunity or herd immunity in 2021," Swaminathan said at a briefing, while emphasizing that measures like physical distancing, hand washing and mask wearing continue to be necessary in containing COVID's spread for the rest of the year.
The WHO top scientist called on people to be "a little patient," pointing out that the rollout of vaccines "does take time".

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