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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-01-11 17:57


>Games opening ceremony will be 'different'

Director Zhang Yimou attends the premiere of the film "Shadow" during the 75th Venice International Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sept 6, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Winter sports fans can expect the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing to be "different” from that of the 2008 Games, with a cauldron lighting method that will be "unprecedented", according to chief director Zhang Yimou.

The opening ceremony will be in keeping with Beijing's efforts to stage a "simple, safe and splendid" Games, Zhang said.

There will be no lengthy, large-scale performance, with the number of performers cut from 15,000 in 2008 to 3,000, and the duration of the ceremony reduced to less than 100 minutes due to the cold weather and the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the most anticipated parts of the opening ceremony is the lighting of the main cauldron, and there is always plenty of speculation about the method to be used.

Zhang said his team had come up with "a bold idea for the lighting and the design of the main cauldron". The way of lighting will be unprecedented in the over 100-year history of the Olympic Games.

>Warehouse storage sector expands

An employee works in a fishery feed warehouse in Haikou, South China's Hainan province, on Feb 18, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's warehouse storage sector reported expansion for the fifth consecutive month in December, industry data showed.

The index tracking the sector's development stood at 51.6% last month, down 2.5 percentage points from November, according to a survey jointly released by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing and CMST Development Co. A reading above 50% indicates expansion, while below 50% reflects contraction.

Business volume increased last month.

The business volume sub-index stood at 51.7%, the data showed.

Storage prices continued to rise, with the sub-index for fees at 52.9% in December, up 1.8 percentage points from the previous month.

Wang Yong, an executive assistant at CMST Development, said the December reading showed rising demand for storage services.

Sales of consumer goods rose on holiday sentiments and e-commerce promotions, while storage for commodities is also sought after over winter, Wang said.


>US COVID-19 cases surpass 60m

Members of a transport team roll a body transport device for a deceased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, US, Jan 7, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 60 million on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

US COVID-19 case count rose to 60,062,077, with a total of 837,504 deaths, the data showed.

The US remains the nation worst hit by the pandemic, with the world's most cases and deaths, making up about 20% of the global caseload and more than 15% of the global deaths.

US COVID-19 caseload reached 10 million on Nov 9, 2020, crossed 20 million on Jan 1, 2021, exceeded 30 million on March 24, surpassed 40 million on Sept 6, and reached 50 million on Dec 13.


>Hair loss treatment a hot topic


South Korea’s ruling party presidential candidate has ignited a fierce debate after proposing that the country’s public healthcare insurance should cover hair loss treatment.

Lee Jae-myung, the flagbearer of the Democratic Party, said almost 10 million people suffer from hair loss, but many of them order drugs from overseas or resort to prostate drugs as an alternative due to high treatment costs.

On Wednesday the politician told reporters that hair regrowth treatments should be covered by the national health insurance program.

His proposal triggered a flood of messages of support online.

But Lee’s pledge brought criticism too, with the opposition calling it the latest item on Lee’s populist agenda.

There is no official data on how many South Koreans suffer from hair loss.

The National Health Insurance Service only provided yearly tallies of people who have received hospital treatment, which was about 230,000 in 2020.


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