annual adj. 每年的
herd immunity n.群体免疫
Job market kept stable despite virus
China's job market remained stable last year, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday, with an average surveyed unemployment rate in urban areas of 5.6 percent, below the government's annual target of about 6 percent.
Last month, the surveyed urban unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, and the figure was 4.7 percent among people aged 25 to 59, both unchanged from the same month in 2019.
A total of 11.86 million new jobs were created in urban areas last year - 132 percent of the annual target.
Zhang Yanhua, an associate professor at China University of Labor Relations in Beijing, said the surveyed urban unemployment rate accurately reflected the effects of the government's proactive job policies in aiding economic recovery amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
"Policies such as reducing tax and insurance fees relieved the burden on enterprises and helped them survive so they could provide more job vacancies," Zhang said. "Training sessions aiming to improve employees' professional skills were also effective."
Herd immunity will not happen
World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Jan 11 that herd immunity to coronavirus would not be achieved in 2021, despite the growing availability of vaccines.
Mitigating factors to herd immunity include limited access to vaccines in developing countries, skepticism over vaccination, and the potential for virus mutations, according to health experts.
"We are not going to achieve any levels of population immunity or herd immunity in 2021," Swaminathan said at a briefing, while emphasizing that measures like physical distancing, hand washing and mask wearing continue to be necessary in containing COVID's spread for the rest of the year.
The WHO top scientist called on people to be "a little patient," pointing out that the rollout of vaccines "does take time".
Bookings surge for May Day holiday
Domestic tourism is projected to shoot up during the five-day May Day holiday as pent-up demand for travel is unleashed following its official discouragement during last month's Spring Festival holiday to contain COVID-19 transmission risks.
The relaxation of epidemic-control measures and lifting of travel restrictions look set to make the May Day holiday - from May 1 to 5 - the first travel boom of the year, according to industry insiders.
Beijing announced on March 12 that, as of March 16, travelers from areas with low risks of infection no longer need to provide negative nucleic acid test results when arriving in the capital.
Reservations for tickets for flights and trains to or from the city doubled in the hour after the announcement, according to an online travel agency.
Bookings for trips during the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday - April 3 to 5 - also rose.
Figures from Qunar show that reservations for flight tickets for the May Day holiday have exceeded those during the same period in 2019.
Over 7M mourn deceased online
About 7.38 million people in China opted to pay their respects to the deceased through online channels during the three-day Tomb-sweeping Day holiday, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Monday.
On Tomb-sweeping Day on Sunday, a total of 1,308 online memorial platforms received 3.78 million visits, statistics by the ministry showed.
Meanwhile, cemeteries and memorial venues across the country saw 67.73 million visits from the public during the holiday, with 35.27 million visits taking place on Tomb-sweeping Day alone, according to the ministry.
The ministry expects mourning activities to continue for some time after the holiday, and reminded the public of safety and health issues when attending such activities.