>Musician in tune with fame
It should probably come as a big surprise that a Mandarin song, "Yi Jian Mei", or "One Plum Blossom", from a 1984 Taiwan TV drama with the same title, has become a viral phenomenon.
It's also equally surprising that 65-year-old veteran singer, Fei Yu-ching, who performs the song and announced his retirement with his last concert held in Taipei on Nov 7, 2019, has won over a group of new fans in Western countries with his mellifluous and smoothing voice.
One version of the song has been viewed more than 16 million times on YouTube.
According to digital music service Spotify, the song was also hugely popular on the music charts of New Zealand, Norway and Finland.
Within the past couple of months, the song has been adapted into different versions, including a hip-hop version and with a clip from the "Regular Show", an American animated television series.
One of the lines "Xue Hua Piao Piao Bei Feng Xiao Xiao", literally translated as "snow falls and wind blows", has been used widely in emojis and comments to convey a mocking and complaining tone.
>Social media fans 5G rumors
People who rely on social media for information about the coronavirus are more likely to believe conspiracy theories and go outside with symptoms or breach lockdown rules, a new study revealed.
Research published by the Psychological Medicine journal found that 60% of people who believe that COVID-19 was directly linked to the world's growing 5G network used YouTube as their primary source of news.
And among those who preferred Facebook to get their information, 54% believed the 5G conspiracy theory compared to 20% who did not and 26% who were not sure.
The 5G link to coronavirus has been widely debunked by governments and tech experts.
Yet people have been damaging masts or even setting fire to them while phone and broadband engineers have been harassed and threatened, leading to public information campaigns in some countries.
"This is not surprising, given that so much of the information on social media is misleading or downright wrong," Daniel Allington, senior lecturer in social and cultural artificial intelligence at King's College London, said.
>Glimpse of 'ring of fire'
People in quite a few places in China witnessed on Sunday the most anticipated celestial event of the year, an annular solar eclipse, but if they missed it they will have to wait another 10 years to see the next one.
This spectacular event happened to occur on the heels of the summer solstice, when the northern hemisphere saw its longest day and shortest night of the year.
An annular eclipse is characterized by its stunning "ring of fire" since it's not a total eclipse and edges of the sun can still be seen around the moon.
The phenomenon occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, but not quite close enough to our planet to completely obscure the sun.
The annular eclipse crossed a path that started at sunrise in Africa and eventually moved across to China before ending at sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
>Delivery workers get tested
More than 100,000 delivery workers in Beijing are to have received nucleic acid tests by Monday in order to provide safe service for residents amid the city's recent COVID-19 outbreak, right after the e-commerce midyear promotion ended, ushering in a busy period for logistics companies.
Starting from Friday evening, 17 postal service and logistics companies in Beijing have organized for about 103,000 delivery workers to receive nucleic acid testing.
The major online catering platforms also announced plans to get their takeout delivery workers tested.
Logistics companies have taken strict measures, such as temperature monitoring of their staff and regular disinfection, to reduce risks related to the outbreak.
So far, no COVID-19 case has been reported in the postal and logistics industry in the city.
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