> Chinese mainland suspends entry of certain fruits, fish products from Taiwan
A pile of natural sand is seen on Wednesday at a construction site in Zhangye, Gansu province. The Chinese mainland has announced the suspension of natural sand exports to Taiwan. CHINA DAILY
Relevant authorities on the Chinese mainland will suspend the entry of citrus fruits and two types of fish products from the Taiwan region starting Wednesday, a spokesperson said. The entry of citrus fruits including grapefruits, lemons and oranges, as well as chilled largehead hairtail and frozen horse mackerel from Taiwan, will be suspended in accordance with the mainland's relevant regulations, and food safety requirements, said Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.
In the meantime, the export of natural sand from the mainland to Taiwan will also be suspended, he added.
> More than 1.7 mass shootings every day in US this year
People gather during a rally decrying rising gun violence while urging politicians to take action in Washington, DC, June 11, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]
As of Sunday, the US has had at least 385 mass shootings this year, according to the latest data from the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a non-profit organization that tracks gun-related violence in the country.
That's an average of more than 1.7 mass shootings every day.
In the first month of 2022, there were 34 mass shootings in the US, resulting in 42 deaths and 112 injuries.
According to the data recorded by GVA, mass shootings occurred more frequently in the following months.
In July, there were 88 mass shootings in the US, leaving 65 people dead and 387 people injured.
From January to July, there were 392 deaths and 1,676 injuries due to mass shootings.
> Japanese nuclear power plant leaks 7 tons of radioactive water
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, as seen in March, has been a focal point for concerns over the Japanese government's plan to dump contaminated water into the sea. [THE ASAHI SHIMBUN/GETTY IMAGES]
About seven tons of water containing radioactive elements leaked from the third reactor of the Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, The Nikkei reported on Monday, citing the operator Kansai Electric Power Co.
The over 40-year-old reactor is currently out of service, and the company is investigating whether the leak will affect the reactor's scheduled restart in mid-August.
> How COVID changed Americans’ health for the worse
A medical worker collects a swab sample from a man at a COVID-19 testing site on Times Square in New York, the United States, May 17, 2022. [Xinhua/Wang Ying]
The ripple effects of the COVID19 pandemic’s influence on nearly every aspect of health in America are becoming clear, a recent report from The Wall Street Journal said.
COVID-19 has been attributed to the death of more than 1 million Americans, and the squeeze on healthcare resources exacerbated the threat of chronic diseases to people's health.
新冠肺炎已导致100多万美国人死亡, 疫情期间医疔资源遭挤兑, 加剧了诸多慢性疾病对人们健康的威胁。
The March JAMA Web Open study showed that overall deaths and mortality from heart disease and stroke in the US rose substantially during the pandemic.
Infections caused by drug-resistant superbugs rose by at least 15 percent in 2020 compared with the previous year, and related deaths also rose.
Deaths from drug overdoses continued unabated during the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Also, more people experienced anxiety and depression during the pandemic.
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