Children play in a fountain in Shanghai, China, as temperatures soar during a heatwave (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)
SHANGHAI, China – Patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng mga biktima ng heat stroke sa bansang China dahil sa sobrang init ng panahon na namamayani sa bansa.
Dahil dito, nagbabala sa publiko ang mga dalubhasa sa Shanghai na mag-ingat tuwing lumalabas ng kanilang bahay.
Sa tala ng Health Ministry ng China, tinatayang nasa 11 na ang nasawi sa Shanghai dahil sa heat stroke at karamihan sa mga ito ay matatanda.
Ayon sa local meteorological department doon, naitala ang pinakamainit na temperatura noong buwan ng Hulyo na umabot sa 40°C. Pinakamainit umano ito sa nakalipas na sampung taon.
“Ngayon umaabot ng 40, 37 degrees, ang pinakamapanganib ngayon ay ang tinatawag nating heat stroke or tinatawag na heat injuries o overheat ng kaatwan,” pahayag ni Dr. Michael Ong, Suntec, Shanghai, China.
Dahil sa mainit na panahon, dagsa ngayon ang maraming tao sa beaches at swimming pools.
Payo naman ng ilang eksperto, iwasan muna ang outdoor activities upang hindi ma-heat stroke at kung hindi maiiwasan ay huwag kalimutang magdala ng inuming tubig.
“The best way to prevent is to avoid extreme weather, kapag lumagpas na sa body temperature (36-37 degrees) mas maganda i-cancel nalang ninyo ang mga outdoor activities ninyo. Kung kailangan talaga ay magdala kayo ng water or sports drink para hindi kayo matuyo,” ani Dr. Ong. (Dulce Alarcon / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
If the United States were willing to reduce its nuclear arsenal to China’s level, China would “be happy to” participate in trilateral arms control negotiation with the U.S and Russia, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday (July 8).
The U.S. has repeatedly called for China to join in trilateral negotiations to extend a flagship nuclear arms treaty between the U.S. and Russia that is due to expire in February next year.
Fu Cong, head of arms control department of Chinese foreign ministry, reiterated to reporters in Beijing on Wednesday that China has no interest in joining the trilateral negotiation. (Reuters)
A special office to oversee national security in Hong Kong officially commenced operations on Wednesday (July 8) amidst heavy security.
The Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government, charged with overseeing implementation of the controversial new national security law for Hong Kong, held a ceremony in the early hours of the morning.
The new law punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison, heralding a more authoritarian era for China’s freest city.
There was a heavy police presence outside the Metropark Hotel in Hong Kong, which will serve as the temporary headquarters of the new office. Police had erected water barriers and put in place crowd control measures overnight, restricting residents and foreign media from observing the ceremony.
Residents in the area expressed surprise about the rapid speed of opening in the new office, and the apparent lack of advance notice to the community.
“Everything that they have organized is quite secret”, said one resident, a 62-year-old interior designer giving his name as John Lee. “They have to let the citizens be informed earlier.”
The Metropark Hotel in Causeway Bay is located opposite Victoria Park, home of the annual candlelight rallies in memory of China’s bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy crackdown. (Reuters)
China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday (July 2) that Britain would bear all consequences for any move it took to offer Hong Kong citizens a path to settlement in the UK.
China reserved the right to act against Britain over the issue, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily briefing, without specifying what countermeasures Beijing might take.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday (July 1) that China’s imposition of a security law on Hong Kong was a “clear and serious” violation of the 1984 Joint Declaration and that Britain would offer around 3 million residents of the former colony a path to British citizenship. (Reuters)
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