>16 new professions recognized
The nation has recognized 16 new professions covering sectors such as healthcare and virtual reality, according to a recent news release by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.
The 16 new professions include intelligent manufacturing technicians, industrial internet technicians, virtual reality technicians, supply chain managers, artificial intelligence trainers, all-media operators and respiratory therapists, among others.
According to the news release, these new professions were spawned thanks to the fast-growing service industry, information technology and people's increasing demand for better healthcare.
>Provinces support e-learning
Many provinces are introducing concrete measures to help poverty-stricken students attend online courses while making great efforts to fight the epidemic.
In Guangdong province, the Guangdong Provincial Education Foundation has purchased more than 9,000 tablet computers for junior and senior high school students to attend online courses.
Students without mobile phones or TVs should go to village committee offices or activity rooms of the Communist Party of China to attend the courses, said the local authorities in Henan province.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology encouraged telecom operators to implement preferential measures for impoverished students to ease their pressure of internet charges.
>Fed cuts rates amid concerns
The US Federal Reserve cut interest rates on Tuesday in a bid to shield the world’s largest economy from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
"The virus and the measures that are being taken to contain it will surely weigh on economic activity, both here and abroad, for some time," Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said in a news conference shortly after policymakers unanimously decided to cut rates by a half percentage point to a target range of 1% to 1.25%.
Underscoring how grave the central bank views the fast-evolving situation, it was the first emergency rate cut outside of a regularly scheduled policymaker meeting since 2008 at the height of the financial crisis.
Besides the Fed, there has been action by other central banks.
Earlier on Tuesday, central banks in Australia and Malaysia cut rates and on Monday the Bank of Japan took steps to provide liquidity to stabilize financial markets there.
>IOC committed to Tokyo 2020
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board on Tuesday expressed its full commitment to the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, with the Games set to take place from July 24 to Aug 9 this year.
The IOC Executive Board heard a report on all the measures taken so far to address the COVID-19 situation, which was followed by a comprehensive discussion of issues involved.
The IOC Executive Board said it appreciates and supports the measures being taken, which constitute an important part of Tokyo's plans to host a safe and secure Games.
It went on to encourage all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The IOC says it will keep supporting the athletes by providing the latest information and developments, which are accessible for athletes worldwide on the Athlete365 website.
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