>1.3B doses of COVID vaccines administered
More than 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in China as of Sunday, as the country continues to ramp up its inoculation drive, the National Health Commission announced on Monday.
China accelerated its pace of free COVID-19 vaccinations for the whole nation in late March. It took China 25 days to climb from 100 million doses to 200 million doses, 16 days to increase from 200 million to 300 million, and just six days to move from 800 million to 900 million.
By June 19, China had administered in excess of 1 billion doses, the commission announced on June 20.
By June 24, the cumulative figure exceeded 1.1 billion, and by June 28, the number surpassed 1.2 billion.
Experts with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention have called for vaccine dose schedules to be completed in full to achieve the best possible preventative effect.
>Heritage sites generate 14b yuan annually
China's natural sites inscribed on the World Heritage List have brought about an annual income of over 14 billion yuan from tourism to local people, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration said. China currently boasts 14 listed natural heritage sites and four mixed ones, both cultural and natural, administration spokesperson Yan Chenggao said at a news conference Monday.
Widely distributed throughout the country, China's natural heritage sites protect around 70,500 square kilometers of natural space. They have also preserved cultural relics and intangible cultural heritage, as well as historical and cultural sites.
>Largest planetarium to open in SH
The Shanghai Astronomy Museum, the world's largest planetarium in terms of building scale, will open on July 17, the planetarium announced Monday. The museum will open to the public on July 18. Covering an area of approximately 58,600 square meters, the museum is located in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Lingang Special Area. It is a branch of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.
Tests were carried out on Monday, and the official website and WeChat account of the museum have also been launched.
The museum has an 8K ultra-high definition dome theater and exhibition areas covering various topics. Some 70 meteorites including those from the moon, Mars and Vesta, as well as over 120 collections of artifacts, including original works from Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler, will be on display.
Technologies such as data visualization, augmented reality, virtual reality and biometrics have been introduced to help visitors gain knowledge of astronomy and science through interaction.
>Restrictions set to end in England
Most coronavirus restrictions are set to end on July 19 as part of the final step of England's roadmap out of the lockdown, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed Monday. Face masks and distancing rules will no longer be legally required in England from July 19, Johnson told a news conference at Downing Street.
The rule of six inside private homes will also be removed and work-from-home guidance will be scrapped, he added, and there will be no COVID-19 certificate required to attend events or venues.
However, Johnson said the pandemic is "far from over" and the country would have to "reconcile ourselves sadly to more deaths".
Britain reported another 27,334 coronavirus cases in the 24-hour period, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,930,534, according to official figures released Monday.
More than 45.3 million people in Britain have received the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine and over 33.7 million people have received two doses, the official figures showed.
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