Singers perform on stage at a ceremony unveiling the slogan for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing, China September 17, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]
>Beijing 2022 unveils first playbook
The first playbook that outlines anti-COVID-19 measures for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games was published on Monday. The guidebook, jointly published by the Beijing 2022 organizers, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, offers separate versions for athletes and team officials as well as other stakeholders. The playbook specifies that a closed-loop management system will be applied during participants' entire stay in China. This closed-loop system allows Games participants to enter China without undergoing a compulsory 21-day quarantine, provided they are fully vaccinated.
Strict protocols will be in place to identify who has the COVID-19 virus as early as possible through testing and to stop the virus from spreading further.
The second editions of the playbook are expected to be published later this year, ahead of the Olympic Winter Games, which will take place from Feb 4 to 20, and the Paralympic Winter Games, which will be held from March 4 to 13.
A photo of applicants studying for the 2021 national civil servant exam in front of the Wuxi Higher Vocational School of Tourism & Commerce in Jiangsu province on Nov 29, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
>Over 2m seek career as civil servant
The number of people registering to sit for the 2022 national civil servant exam reached a record of more than 2 million, according to a private institution that offers training for the exam. Registration for next year's test concluded at 6 pm on Sunday, with about 2.02 million signing up, 514,000 more than last year, said Offcn Education and Technology Co.
By 5:30 pm on Sunday, 1.84 million people who registered had passed the preliminary review and are qualified to take the exam, 415,000 more than last year, the institution said.
This means only one out of 59 people will be admitted as a civil servant, creating fiercer competition than last year, when one in about 54.5 people was accepted, it added.
Aerial photo taken on Aug 19, 2020 shows wind turbines in Jiucaiping scenic spot in Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]
>China constructs over 6.6b sqm of green buildings
The total floor area of China's green buildings has exceeded 6.6 billion square meters amid the country's efforts to promote high-quality development in urban and rural areas.
Noting China's green development achievements in urban and rural areas, Zhang Xiaohong, vice minister of housing and urban-rural development, stressed the arduous task of saving energy and reducing carbon emissions in urban and rural construction, at a press conference on Monday.
The ministry will make continuing efforts to further increase the proportion of green buildings, raise building energy efficiency standards, and popularize buildings with ultra-low energy consumption in regions with suitable climate conditions, said Tian Guomin, an official from the ministry.
It will also promote the green renovation of existing buildings to improve energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions, Tian said.
China recently issued a guideline underpinning green development in urban and rural areas.
Institutional mechanisms and policy systems for green development in urban and rural areas will be basically established by 2025, while a comprehensive green development will cover urban and rural areas by 2035, with an increased cut in carbon emissions, said the guideline.
US President Joe Biden. [Photo/Agencies]
>Biden signs order lifting restrictions
US President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov 8 , the White House said.
The White House confirmed that children under 18 are exempt from the new vaccine requirements, as are people with some medical issues. Non-tourist travelers from about 50 countries with nationwide vaccination rates of less than 10% will also be eligible for exemption from the rules.
Those receiving an exemption will generally need to be vaccinated if they intend to remain in the United States for more than 60 days.
International air travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
The White House said unvaccinated Americans and foreign nationals receiving exemptions will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of departing.
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