Morning News | Jan. 13

Welcome to Morning News. It's Jan. 13, Wednesday. 6-17℃, sunny.

Temperatures across Guangdong province will start to rise lightly from today, with an expected highest temperature of around 20℃ in the coming days. But a new cold wave is forecast to hit Guangzhou this Sunday.




1. Sale of train tickets for the Lunar New Year's Eve, or "Chuxi", starts today. The 40-day Spring Festival travel rush, or Chunyun, will begin on Jan. 28 and end on March 8.


2. Some districts in Guangzhou will cancel or limit flower fairs in the run-up to the Spring Festival to lower the risk of COVID-19 infection, including Nansha, Yuexiu and Baiyun.


3. Shenzhen on Tuesday found one asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19, involving a cross-border truck driver entering from Hong Kong. All 15 of the case’s close contacts and others with possible exposure have been put under medical observation.


4. Shijiazhuang, Langfang and Xingtai cities in Hebei province were locked down on Tuesday, with residents and vehicles forbidden to leave unless it's necessary.


5. The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 115 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 107 were locally transmitted, including 90 in Hebei province, 16 in Heilongjiang province and 1 in Shanxi province.


6. Hong Kong's food safety authority decided on Tuesday to suspend the import of poultry meat and products from different areas in France, Britain, Germany, South Korea due to the bird flu outbreaks.


7. China has issued a guideline to implement a "forest chief" scheme nationwide amid the country's continuous efforts to protect forests and grasslands.




1.  The U.S. announced on Tuesday a new requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States, taking effect on Jan. 26.


2. An Italian was found to have been infected with COVID-19 in November 2019, making her "patient zero" of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. 


3. Spain will continue to ban people entering from the UK by air or sea for another two weeks until Feb. 2.


4. Japan is set to expand a state of emergency declared over the COVID-19 pandemic for the Greater Tokyo area to include Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures as the virus is also continuing to surge in western Japan.


5. Tokyo 2020 organizing committee chief Yoshiro Mori promised that the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held as scheduled this summer.


6. Four badminton players have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bangkok, Thailand, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed in a press release on Tuesday.


7. A total of 15 million doses of raw materials of COVID-19 vaccine from the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech arrived at Indonesia on Tuesday.


8. The U.S. Trump administration will ask states to give COVID-19 vaccines to everyone over 65 and to others at high risk due to pre-existing conditions by not holding back the second dose of the two-dose shots.


9. Germany's population stagnates for first time since 2011, according to estimates by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) published on Tuesday.


Editor: Becky

Sources: Xinhua; China Daily; CGTN; Guangzhou Daily