Across China: Chinese celebrate New Year despite sporadic COVID-19 outbreaks

  • World
  • Saturday, 02 Jan 2021

BEIJING, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- With best wishes to a fresh start, thousands of visitors gathered in Tian'anmen Square in downtown Beijing at around 6 a.m. for the first national flag-raising ceremony of 2021, after a year of a hard slog against COVID-19.

Guo Jiangfeng, 37, together with his family, joined the crowds, expecting an inspiring new year for his start-up business.

"Despite the impact of COVID-19, my company doubled the size in terms of employees and went full steam ahead thanks to government support measures in rent, taxes and social security fees," Guo said.

Festive atmosphere was felt across the country. From Thursday night to Friday morning, the Hanshan Temple in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou livestreamed its bell ringing for the coming new year.

The city of Qufu in east China's Shandong Province, the birthplace of Confucius (551-479 BC), an educator and thinker, kicked off a series of online and offline traditional folk activities including couplets-writing and bell-striking for blessings.

As citizens enjoy their family reunions and holiday celebrations, medical workers in different places are still on duty to fight COVID-19.

Fu Yanyang, a 29-year-old nurse in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, got up early. The province has recently reported multiple locally transmitted COVID-19 cases.

"In my hospital, we test around 1,800 people a day," he said, referring to the ongoing large-scale nucleic acid testing in Shenyang.

Yin Ling, a researcher with the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, waved goodbye to the bittersweet year 2020 laden with both risk and reward.

With the help of big data, the tech-savvy researcher studies the spread characteristics of the virus among the population. Her model, built on collected data, simulates the temporal and spatial spread of the coronavirus and provides a reference for disease prevention and control.

"As the country places independent innovation at a more prominent position, we will continue to work hard in research to expand the role of big data in various sectors," she said.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


100% readers found this article insightful

Next In World

From new Portuguese home, Ai Weiwei plans tribute to "visionary" Gorbachev
Dutch artist uses ultraviolet light to zap coronavirus
From homes and streets, Myanmar citizens record spiralling bloodshed
Strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes New Zealand, tsunami warning issued
Spain bans Madrid Women's Day marches after accusations 2020 event spread coronavirus
Kremlin urges France and Germany to stop Ukraine conflict crossing 'dangerous line'
Iran gives positive signals on informal nuclear talks, time short - French source
Thai military denies involvement in network removed by Facebook
Iraq beefs up security for pope amid rising violence, pandemic
Saudi prince pushes on with $500 billion megacity as U.S. points the finger over Khashoggi killing

Stories You'll Enjoy