Jul 30, 2021 09:10 PM

Nanjing Covid-19 Outbreak Originates With Russian Flight, Hotel Accused of Price Gouging During Floods, Henan’s Fatal Floods Leave 73 Dead

Here is today’s ranking of the 10 most-read news stories in China, in economics, finance and current affairs, to help give you a sense of what’s trending in the Chinese language sphere.

Chinese social media users have been paying close attention to the fatal flooding in Henan, which has impacted an estimated 13.7 million people. They are also following the Covid-19 flare-up in Nanjing that has spread to 15 cities in seven provinces.

1. Nanjing Covid-19 outbreak spreads to 15 cities in seven provinces

Fifteen cities in seven provinces (external source, in Chinese) have reported Covid-19 cases connected with the latest outbreak in Nanjing, which has led to 200 total infections in these cities, including 173 local cases in Nanjing as of Wednesday.

2. Zhengzhou hotel that raised prices during the floods suspends its business

The Xian Hotel in Zhengzhou (external source, in Chinese) in Central China’s Henan province was fined 500,000 yuan ($77,500) by the city’s Market Supervision Bureau for raising prices to nearly 2,888 yuan a night during the deadly floods that occurred on July 20. The hotel on Wednesday suspended its business and offered free rooms to rescue workers.

3. Nanjing Covid-19 outbreak originated from Russian flight, official says

Ding Jie, the deputy director of the Nanjing Center for Disease Control (external source, in Chinese), said Friday the source of the current round of outbreaks in Nanjing was the Russian CA910 inbound flight on July 10.

4. Inhalation vaccine after intramuscular vaccination boosts immunity, study says

The use of nebulized inhalation vaccine (external source, in Chinese) after intramuscular injection can produce high levels of neutralizing antibodies, thus achieving a booster effect, according to a study published in British medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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5. Fatal flood in Henan leaves 73 dead

Citing statistics from the national natural disaster management system, the Henan Provincial Office of Emergency Management (external source, in Chinese) announced that flooding in the province has impacted an estimated 13.7 million people as of Wednesday, leaving 73 people dead.

6. The Ministry of Education to investigate after-school education industry

The Ministry of Education (external source, in Chinese) issued a notice on July 19 announcing the launch of a nine-month crackdown targeting paid after-school education companies and irregular acceptance of gifts by primary and secondary schools and teachers.

7. China reminds its citizens in Afghanistan to leave

As the security in Afghanistan deteriorates, the Chinese foreign ministry (external source, in Chinese) and the Chinese embassy in Afghanistan reminded Chinese citizens in Afghanistan on Thursday to leave the country as soon as possible.

8. China administers 1.6 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines

As of Thursday, China has administered more than 1.6 billion doses (external source, in Chinese) of Covid-19 vaccines, according to the country’s National Health Council.

9. Chinese foreign minister meets with head of the Afghan Taliban Political Commission

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (external source, in Chinese) met with the head of the Afghan Taliban Political Commission Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and his delegation in Tianjin on Wednesday.

10. Coffee futures prices soar to six-year high as Brazil frost threatens crop

Brazil’s coffee-growing region (external source, in Chinese) has suffered the worst frost in more than 25 years, with next year's crop expected to be down 5% to 10%. Global coffee futures surged more than 30% last week, marking a six-year high.

Translated by intern reporter Chen Bingyi.

Caixin has not independently verified the veracity or accuracy of all of the headlines or stories.

The daily ranking of most-read news stories among Chinese people, about China and global affairs, is jointly provided to you by Caixin Insight and HANA Data, an artificial intelligence technology team.

The key indicators calculated on the list are based on mass data sourced from China’s mainstream social media platforms and online news websites. Click here for a detailed introduction of our methodology.

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