A Physics teacher gives an online tuition to students at Hefei No Eight Senior High School in Hefei, East China's Anhui province, Feb 3, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
Cloud-based office tools are gaining traction in China as tens of millions of white-collar workers work from home to avoid the novel coronavirus epidemic.
Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai are the top three cities using video conferencing powered by WeChat Work, an all-in-one communications app dedicated to enterprises, according to a recent report published by its developer Tencent Holdings Ltd.
Users in the three cities were also those who opted the most for online documents, the report said, citing data based on user trends typically since Feb 3.
Meanwhile, users in Qinghai, Hainan and Jilin provinces are least reliant on conference calls. Those working from Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Gansu province and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region are most efficient in their online dialogues, recording the shortest conference call duration on average.
Company owners from Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces are most earnest in collecting information on the health condition of employees, the report said.
>Bedroom carpets the dirtiest
Shocking research has revealed that the average bedroom floor is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat.
The data, compiled by sofa and carpet specialist ScS, found carpets in the bedroom also harbor more than double the bacteria found in a living room, and 10 times that of a gym floor.
Bedroom carpets were by far the dirtiest, with a combined bacteria and yeast level of 140 CFU per square centimeter (colony forming units per square centimeter) uncovered within them, as well as heavy mold.
Carpets can be a breeding ground for bacteria and dust mites, which can lead to health issues including breathing problems, eczema and other allergy symptoms.
Experts recommend vacuuming at least twice a week and having carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year to avoid growing levels of bacteria, mold and yeast.
Test tube with Corona virus name label is seen in this illustration taken on Jan 29, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]
>Disease gets official name
The novel coronavirus disease has been named COVID-19 by the director general of the World Health Organization.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the name was decided that "did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease".
He added: "Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks."
The virus itself has been designated SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
Workers catch a giant salamander which is still alive outside the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan city, Hubei province, Jan 27, 2020. [Photo by Yuan Zheng/chinadaily.com.cn]
>Wildlife law to be revised
China's top legislature will amend the law on the protection of wildlife this year, an official from the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People's Congress Standing Committee said on Monday. Efforts will also be made to accelerate the amendment of laws on animal epidemic prevention and other areas, said Wang Ruihe, director of the commission's Economic Law Department.
Public health security risks brought by the wildlife trade and the consumption of such animals have attracted a high degree of attention across the world, Wang said.
"It's very likely that the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak was transferred to humans from wild animals and then progressed to human-to-human transmission."
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