Schools to Open in Zhejiang! Message to Foreign Teachers Who...

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Good morning

On April 3, Chen Feng, deputy director of Zhejiang Education Department, announced that the graduating students of middle schools would resume class on April 13. The specific arrangement is as follows:

1. The graduating classes of middle schools across the province will start on April 13.

2. The other grades of middle schools and 4-6 grades of primary schools will start after April 20; 1-3 grades of primary schools will start after April 26; the kindergartens will start after May 6 depending on the situation.

The specific time of above grades shall be determined and announced by the local leading groups of the epidemic prevention and control work.

3. Institutions of higher education shall get ready for the resumption in late April, and the specific time shall be notified separately.

4. Teachers and students who are temporarily unable to return to school on time due to epidemic situation or other reasons are allowed to postpone their return to school.

In addition, foreign students and teachers who are still abroad shall not return to schools in a short time.

5. All kinds of off-campus training institutions can resume off-line training only after the relevant departments have verified the qualification of epidemic prevention conditions; among them, off-line training for primary and secondary school students shall not be carried out until all the local primary and secondary schools finish their first week of resumption.

Luckin Coffee shares down 75% after fraud revelations

Luckin Coffee Inc's shares crashed more than 75 percent after the company revealed an internal investigation that alleged its COO was involved in 2.2 billion yuan ($310 million) in fabricated transactions over the past year.

The company said on April 2 the internal probe revealed the aggregate sales amount associated with the fabricated transactions from the second quarter of 2019 to the fourth quarter of 2019 amounted to around 2.2 billion yuan.

Jian Liu, the chief operating officer and a director of the company, and several employees reporting to him, had engaged in certain misconduct, including fabricating certain transactions, according to the statement.

Luckin said the employees involved have been suspended and Luckin has terminated contracts and dealings with the involved parties.

China Securities Regulatory Commission said on Friday in a statement that the commission is deeply concerned about Luckin's fraud and has strongly condemned its fabricated transactions behaviors.

Zhejiang, Guangdong top hottest province for talents

Zhejiang and Guangdong saw the highest growth in permanent resident population according to data from the 21st Century Economic Research Institute in 2017 through 2019, the 21st Century Business Herald reported on Friday.

In the three years, immigrants increased by 651,000 and 569,900 in the two provinces, making them the biggest winners in talent contest, reflecting the accelerating trend that population in China is migrating toward the South, the research institute analyzed.

Zhejiang and Guangdong has replaced Tianjin and Beijing in northern China as new destinations for migrants.

Behind the population mobility is the change in economic gravity. A consistent attractiveness to talent will be acquired by comprehensive development in the region, which is in favor of employment and incomes for talents. The entire region and cities in it will finally benefit, the research institute said.

Scientific study shows cats more susceptible to COVID-19 

Cats are more susceptible to COVID-19 and spread the virus more easily to other cats via respiratory droplets, while dogs, pigs, chickens are not, Chinese scientists from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences recently found.

"We found that COVID-19 replicates poorly in dogs, pigs, chickens, and ducks, but efficiently in cats and ferrets. We found that the virus transmits in cats via respiratory droplets," a group of scientists from the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute under the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences found. They posted the paper in bioRxiv on Wednesday.


A shorthair hybrid cat in Hong Kong recently tested positive for novel coronavirus, becoming the third animal known to have contracted the virus after two dogs also tested positive in the city. Belgium has also reported that a cat tested positive for COVID-19.

No evidence has shown that pet animals could be a source of infection, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region insisted on Tuesday, citing the city's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

 How to protect yourself when traveling

  1. Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold or flu-like symptoms.

  2. Gloves are recommended when on board.

  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve cuff or curved elbow when you cough or sneeze, then wash your hands.

  4. Wear masks all the time, you can wear disposable medical masks or N95 masks.

  5. Eat only thoroughly cooked hot food.

  6. If you currently have a fever or cough, please avoid traveling.

  7. If you are sick during the trip, please notify the flight or train attendants in time, seek medical help as soon as possible, and inform the medical staff of your travel history.

  8. Self-monitoring of your health should be carried out twice a day for 14 consecutive days, starting from leaving the epidemic areas. If condition permits, try to live alone or in a well-ventilated single room, and minimize close contacts with your families.

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