Students set record as gaokao begins BEIJING. KAZINFORM With parents, teachers and friends lining up outside test centers to cheer them on, a record 10.71 million students around China began taking the all-important national college entrance exam, or gaokao, amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, after it had been delayed by a month due to the outbreak.
Belarus, Tajikistan to hold contest for joint projects in science MINSK. KAZINFORM The State Committee on Science and Technology of Belarus and the Ministry of Education and Science of Tajikistan have announced the first contest of joint scientific and technical projects for 2021-2022, BelTA reported in the press service of the State Committee on Science and Technology.
S. Korea to inject 156.9B won in arts sector hit by COVID-19 SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea on Wednesday pledged to support its arts sector hit by the new coronavirus with 156.9 billion won (US$131 million) during the second half of 2020, including grants to cash-strapped artists and discount coupons for shows and events, Yonhap reports.
Brazil President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19 BRASILIA. KAZINFORM - During an exclusive interview to TV Brasil and CNN Brasil, President Jair Bolsonaro reported Tuesday (Jul. 7) he testes positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The president called off his engagements in Bahia and Minas Gerais this week. The result came out at around 11 a.m. this morning. Bolsonaro said he feels fine, Agencia Brasil reports.
Beijing reports no new virus cases for 1st time in about 4 weeks BEIJING. KAZINFORM Municipal authorities in China's capital Beijing on Tuesday reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus for the first time in around four weeks since the detection early last month of a virus cluster at the city's biggest wholesale market.
Air New Zealand suspends inbound international flight bookings SYDNEY. KAZINFORM New Zealand’s government and flag carrier Air New Zealand announced Tuesday that they were temporarily suspending reservations for international flights on the airline to the country in order to manage the influx of returnees to quarantine facilities.
Volunteers feel well two weeks after COVID-19 vaccine trials, Defense Ministry says MOSCOW. KAZINFORM Volunteers, who tested a vaccine against the coronavirus two weeks ago at Burdenko military hospital, are feeling well and have not experienced any side effects, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Tuesday.
Novel coronavirus has existed worldwide before emerging in China: Oxford University expert LONDON. KAZINFORM The novel coronavirus has existed worldwide and broke out whenever and wherever favorable conditions occurred rather than starting in China, an Oxford University expert has told The Telegraph.