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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-07-28 17:37


> France sets new energy ban to cut waste

Tourists are seen near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, on June 16, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]


The French government is set to order all air-conditioned shops to keep their doors closed and switch off lights overnight, in a bid to cut energy waste.

Leaving doors open while the air conditioning is running can lead to 20 percent more energy consumption, said Agnes Pannier-Runacher, energy transition minister of France.

Businesses that break the ban, due to go into effect in the next few days, will face a fine of up to €750.

Some cities, like Lyon and Paris, have already had similar municipal rules in place since the middle of July, but now the government wants to expand the initiative to the whole country.


> China's expressway network links 95% of population

A bird's-eye view of the Beijing-Xiongan Expressway on May 14, 2021. [Photo/IC]


China has made solid progress in building a national road network to improve inter-area transport layout and increase traffic capacity, with its expressways linking about 95 percent of the population, official data showed. At present, the expressway network covers 98.8 percent of cities with an urban population of over 200,000 and prefecture-level administrative centers, while linking around 88 percent of county-level regions, said Wang Tai, from the Ministry of Transport, at a press conference Monday.

National highways also basically cover administrative areas at and above county level and border ports open all year, Wang said.

As of the end of last year, China had built 117,000 kilometers of national expressways and seen 257,700 kilometers of national highways open to traffic.

The country aims to build national roads with a total length of about 461,000 kilometers by 2035, according to a circular released earlier this year.

China will also step up green road construction by enhancing the effective use of resources, protecting ecological environment along the roads and effectively reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.

> Over 14m children in US infected with COVID-19

Desiree Mohammadi has her hand held by nurse Sandra Lindsay, the first American to receive the vaccine, while she receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Cohen Children's Medical Center as vaccines were approved for children aged 5-11, amid the coronavirus disease pandemic, in New Hyde Park, New York, US, November 4, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly


Over 14 million children in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children's Hospital Association.

Some 92,000 child COVID-19 cases were reported for the week ending July 21, the second consecutive weekly increase of reported cases, according to the report.

More than 311,000 child COVID-19 cases have been added in the past four weeks in the US, and approximately 6.1 million reported cases have been added in 2022.

"It is important to recognize there are immediate effects of the pandemic on children's health, but more importantly, we need to identify and address the long-lasting impacts on the physical, mental, and social well-being of this generation of children and youth," AAP said.

> Oral pill for COVID-19 approved by regulator


China's top drug regulator said Monday that it has granted conditional approval for a homegrown oral pill to be used to treat COVID-19, adding to the growing medical arsenal against the novel coronavirus.

Azvudine, developed by Genuine Biotech Co based in Henan province, was first conditionally approved on July 20 last year, to treat HIV-1 infected adult patients with high viral loads, according to the National Medical Products Administration.

The third and late-stage clinical trials show that the oral medication is safe, can improve clinical conditions of patients, and inhibit the virus within about five days, said the company.


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