每日新闻播报(April 24)

China Mobile technicians climb Qomolangma, also known as Mount Everest, to work on the installation of a new 5G base station on Saturday. CHINA DAILY

>5G networks reach Qomolangma

With the north side of Qomolangma recently covered by 5G networks, netizens can now enjoy livestreaming videos from the world's highest mountain.

Offered by China Telecom and China Mobile, two of the nation's leading telecommunication providers, the livestreaming videos display the beauty of the mountain.

On April 19, China Telecom teamed up with China Central Television to provide a round-the-clock, live, high-definition broadcast with a 360-degree view.

Meanwhile, China Mobile offered a livestreaming video showing a 360-degree view of Qomolangma between April 19 and 20 via the company's video platform MIGU Video.

"We want to provide a chance for Chinese people who are staying at home due to the coronavirus to enjoy panoramic views of the mountain's beauty through cutting-edge technology," a representative of China Telecom said.

Most routes in the Qomolangma peak region are closed due to COVID-19 control and for environmental reservation and protection.

Chinese netizens were enthusiastic about the livestream. Some said they would love to see a livestream of a summit attempt in the future.


Customers read e-books at a cafe in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province. [Photo by Wang Luxian / For China Daily]

>More adults listen to audiobooks

Chinese adults per-capita read on average 4.65 physical books in 2019, slightly lower than 4.67 in 2018, according to a national reading report revealed ahead of the 25th World Book and Copyright Day, which falls on Thursday. The survey conducted by the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication shows that among China's adult citizens, 11.1% read 10 or more physical books a year.

Meanwhile, 79.3 of Chinese adults read digitally either online or via apps on smart mobile devices, up 3.1 percentage points from that in 2018.

More than 30% of Chinese adults listened to audiobooks, 4.3 percentage points higher than in 2018, said the report.

The survey, the 17th of its kind, had a sample size of 21,270 people from 29 provincial-level regions.


Physicist Stephen Hawking sits on stage during an announcement of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative with investor Yuri Milner in New York on April 12, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]

>Hawking's ventilator donated

The family of the late Stephen Hawking has donated his respirator to the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, UK, to help treat coronavirus patients.

Hawking died just over two years ago from motor neurone disease. At the time of his death, at age 76, the celebrated British theoretical physicist, cosmologist and best-selling author was the director of research at the Center for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

On Wednesday, his daughter, Lucy, said that the family wanted to donate the equipment to UK's National Health Service in return for the "brilliant, dedicated and compassionate medical care" he received from both Royal Papworth and Addenbrooke's hospitals in Cambridge.


A China Southern Airlines worker loads medical supplies, including masks and protective suits, at Shenyang Taoxian International Airport in Northeast China's Liaoning province, on March 16, 2020. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

>Planes refitted to haul cargo

China's top aviation regulator is encouraging airlines to help fill the severe shortage in freight capacity by turning passenger jets, which sit idle at airports due to the coronavirus outbreak, into cargo-only airplanes to haul medical supplies, daily necessities and production materials.

Among this week's 1,989 international cargo flights, 939 trips, or over 47%, were made by passenger aircraft refitted into cargo-only airplanes, said Jin Jun'hao, an official in the Civil Aviation Administration of China's Department of Transport, on Wednesday.

Jin added that the administration has established an international air freight flight information system allowing 24-hour online approval and has approved 3,178 added charter cargo flights by domestic and overseas carriers since February, as well as 1,873 all-cargo flights by refitted passenger aircraft.


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