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A medical worker takes a swab sample from a child for COVID-19 test at a testing site in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province, July 29, 2021. [Photo by Shao Ying/for chinadaily.com.cn]


>Massive travel restrictions to combat Delta outbreak

China has imposed massive travel restrictions to contain the spread of the Delta variant.

All 31 provincial-level regions in the Chinese mainland have urged citizens not to go to medium and high-risk areas for COVID-19 or leave the provinces where they live unless it is necessary.

Beijing has suspended train service to the capital from 23 cities. The cities include Zhengzhou, Nanjing, Yangzhou, Shenyang, Dalian, Xiamen, Changsha and Zhangjiajie, all of which have reported COVID-19 cases in recent days.

Travel agencies online and offline should keep track of epidemic information for destinations and not send groups into or receive groups from areas with medium and high COVID-19 risks, a circular issued Tuesday by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said.

The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 71 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Wednesday.


Citizens do physical exercise at Guanshanhu Park in Guiyang city, Guizhou province, July 7, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]


>China to boost sports among public

China will further promote sports and exercise among its people in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) period, according to a circular issued by the State Council.

The country aims to further improve the public service system for sports and exercise, make it more convenient for people to participate in physical activities, and ignite the public's enthusiasm for sports, the circular noted. According to the circular, China will have 38.5 percent of its population participating regularly in physical activity by 2025.

To achieve these goals, the circular listed eight objectives, including stepping up development of public sports venues and facilities, hosting more public sports games and competitions, and advancing high-quality development of the sports industry, among others.

The circular urged local governments above the county level to include the development of public sports and physical exercise in the master plan for the region's social and economic development.


The company logo of China's Sinopec Corp is displayed at a news conference in Hong Kong, March 26, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]


>China's Fortune 500 companies rise to 143

A total of 143 Chinese companies made it to the 2021 Fortune Global 500 list this year, surpassing runner-up United States for the second consecutive year.

China had more Fortune Global 500 companies than the United States for the first time in 2020, with 133 firms on the list.

The State Grid Corporation of China moved up to the second spot this year, ranking only after US retail giant Walmart.

China National Petroleum Corporation, the country's largest oil and gas producer, and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, also known as Sinopec, the country's largest oil refiner, grabbed fourth and the fifth place, respectively.

This year, the newcomers include more private companies, as well as those operating in the internet, medical and manufacturing industries.


People wait in line to get coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a coronavirus testing site in Seoul, South Korea, July 15, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]


>South Korea on alert for Delta Plus variant

South Korea has detected its first two cases of the new Delta Plus COVID-19 variant, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Tuesday, as the country battles with its fourth wave of infections.

The Delta Plus variant is a sub-lineage of the Delta variant, and has acquired the spike protein mutation called K417N, which also is found in the Beta variant.

Reports of Delta Plus cases have been few, and a handful of countries, including Britain, Portugal and India, have reported some cases.

Some scientists have said the Delta Plus variant may be even more transmissible.


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