>Global tourism faces 80% slump
The number of international tourist arrivals will drop by 60-80% in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the World Tourism Organization said.
Widespread travel restrictions and the closure of airports and national borders to curb the spread of the virus had plunged international tourism into its worst crisis since records began in 1950, the UN tourism body said in a statement.
Tourist arrivals dropped by 22% in the first quarter of the year, and by 57% in March alone, with Asia and Europe suffering the biggest declines.
"The world is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis. Tourism has been hit hard, with millions of jobs at risk in one of the most labor-intensive sectors of the economy," said Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general of the tourism body.
>West Wing staff to wear masks
The White House has directed staff working in the West Wing, where the daily operations of US President Donald Trump's administration are carried out, to wear masks at all times in the building, except when they are at their own desks, a senior administration official confirmed on Monday.
With Trump's valet and Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary both testing positive for the novel coronavirus last week, pressure is growing for the White House to take further steps in protecting the health of country's 73-year-old president.
Trump has been resistant to wearing a mask himself and has not put one on in public, though he said he tried some on backstage during a visit to a mask factory in Arizona last week.
>'Photoshopped' graduation pictures
Chinese college students have used image editing applications to design various creative graduation photos as the novel coronavirus disease has made it impossible for them to pose for a graduation photo together.
Three students from a class of College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University in Chang'sha, Hunan province, recently created a set of special graduation photos for their class.
Using photos of graduates' faces and hand-drawn baccalaureate gowns, the students created photos of the class "posing for group photos" in front of the school gate, library and other landmark buildings of Central South University.
These "Photoshopped" graduation photos touched many internet users, some saying they want to laugh but feel sad at the same time.
>Dong sells products via livestream
Gree Electric Chairperson Dong Ming'zhu sold 100 million yuan in products via Kuai'shou, a leading Chinese online short video platform, on May 10, Mother's Day and China Brand Day.
Dong, together with livestreaming celebrity Li Jia'qi, showcased a Gree Electric air conditioner at a discount price of 3,699 yuan, 700 yuan lower than its original price. About 1,844 such air conditioners, worth about 6.8 million yuan in total, were sold within 5 minutes.
Dong has changed her original attitude toward online sales, and said the livestream was not an end but a new start.
She said she will continue to use the platform to bring high-quality Chinese products online.
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