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A medical worker administers a dose of COVID-19 vaccine for a student in Beijing, capital of China, July 21, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Beijing to cancel August exhibitions, events

The Chinese capital Beijing has decided to cancel large-scale exhibitions and events scheduled for this month, after three locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases were newly confirmed in the first 12 hours of Wednesday.

The municipal government urged relevant departments to carry out timely epidemiological investigations on specific close-contact groups with large mobility, including taxi and ride-hailing drivers, and delivery personnel.

Beijing plans to step up the screening of people entering the city from areas with reported COVID-19 cases.

It also urges relevant departments to take better care of medical workers at the frontline of disease prevention and control.

Airports and traffic nodes in the city are being asked to strengthen their prevention and control measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Public places such as parks, scenic spots, performance venues, cinemas and libraries should strictly limit the number of visitors and implement staggered shifts and reservation systems.

Meanwhile, the city is studying a possible work plan for managing the return of students to school this fall, according to the municipal government.


A car is inundated by rainwater in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province, July 20, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]


>Extreme weather events rising in China

China has reported rising extreme weather events like heavy precipitation and high temperatures, according to an official blue paper released Wednesday. The blue paper, issued by the China Meteorological Administration, showed that extreme heat events and the average intensity fluctuation of typhoons landing in China have also increased since the 1990s.

However, the paper showed a decreasing trend of extremely low-temperature events, the average number of days with dusty weather in northern China, and acid rain.

Multiple indicators of the climate system suggest that China is likely to face more extreme weather events as global warming continues, according to the paper.


A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks past posters of a COVID-19 test site in Berlin, capital of Germany, April 16, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]


>Global COVID-19 cases surpass 200m

Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 200 million on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The global case count was 200,014,602, with 4,252,873 deaths worldwide, according to the data.

The United States reported 35,292,721 cases and 614,666 deaths, both the highest counts around the world, accounting for nearly 18% of the global cases and nearly 15% of the global deaths.

Countries in Southeast Asia are also reporting rising cases. With just 8% of the world's population, the region is reporting almost 15% of all global cases each day.

High-income countries administered around 50 doses of vaccines for every 100 people in May, and that number has since doubled, according to WHO.

Low-income countries have only been able to administer 1.5 doses for every 100 people, due to a lack of supply.


New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York City on May 10, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]


>Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women

The New York attorney general's investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo found that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday.

The report details the allegations of 11 women claiming harassment.

James said her investigation found that Cuomo engaged in "unwelcome and nonconsensual touching," and made comments of a "suggestive" sexual nature.

The governor denied the allegations.

"I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances," Cuomo said in a speech Tuesday.

President Joe Biden, speaking to reporters at the White House, said, "I think he should resign. I understand that the state legislature may decide to impeach."


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