Top Searches on WeChat: China's battle against Omicron; New Party chief for Hubei; Investigation of plane crash
China's financial hub sticks to dynamic zero-COVID principle in battle against Omicron
If you've been on WeChat in China recently, you've almost certainly seen photographs, videos, and stories about Shanghai's ongoing battle against Omicron.
For the second day, temporary closed-off management has been implemented in the regions lying to the east and south of the Huangpu River of the megacity. Ginger River, who spent six years studying and working in Shanghai, is concerned about the city's status, as are many others.
Today's review of the top searches on WeChat are primarily about China's ongoing battle against COVID-19, with details regarding Changchun and Shanghai, the remediation campaign against excessive overtime, and the investigation of the plane crash. In addition, the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee appointed a new Party chief for Hubei, which was also included in this newsletter.
Tuesday's top 10 trending searches on WeChat as of 7:00 p.m. (1100 GMT):
1.The Chinese mainland on Monday reports 1,228 new local COVID-19 cases and 5,658 local asymptomatic cases . -- Xinhua
2.Nine Chinese provinces and regions focus on investigating and rectifying excessive overtime
3. Wang Menghui was appointed as secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the CPC
4.Changchun authority apologies for short supply of vegetables amid soaring COVID-19 outbreak
5.Hao Chunrong, vice governor of northeast China's Liaoning Province, is under investigation for suspected serious violations of discipline and law -- Xinhua
6.Five steps to complete declaration of personal income tax reduction for parents of children under 3
7.Biden submits $5.79 trillion budget plan to Congress -- CNBC
8.Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock after Oscars -- US Today
9.Three major challenges remain for the investigation of China plane crash
10.Shanghai on Monday reports 96 new local COVID-19 cases and 4,381 local asymptomatic cases.
#1,#4 & #10 China's ongoing battle against Omicron
Authorities in Changchun, capital of Northeast China's Jilin Province apologized to local residents for the short supply of vegetables as the city's two major vegetable wholesale markets were temporarily closed due to the sudden epidemic flare-up of COVID-19.
The sudden closure of the city's two major vegetable wholesale markets due to the grim epidemic situation in the city and the seriously insufficient personnel for supply chains, have led to inconvenience for local resident when buying vegetables, Liu Renyuan, deputy secretary general of Changchun explained during a press conference on Tuesday morning. Foods ordered online by some residents also failed to be delivered at the doors of some residents.
The response came after a senior resident who cried for vegetables outside a supermarket last Friday since he did not know how to order foods online, which went viral online and sparked public concerns over the food supply problem of senior residents.
For the senior resident case, iNewsweek (Chinese: 中国新闻周刊) later reported that community staff has delivered supplies to the senior resident's apartment that evening. Hu Xijin, former Editor in Chief of the Global Times, wrote on his social media platform Monday on the necessity of local governments taking actions to solve actual problems in the epidemic control and prevention work.
On Monday, Shanghai hit a record daily total of 4,477 COVID cases. The city has been locked down in two phases to test about 25 million people. Areas east of the Huangpu River would be entirely sealed until Friday, followed by the remaining areas from April 1 to April 5.
Some netizens said that Shanghai, the megacity with a population of over 24 million, is experiencing its "darkest hour," but they believe the city has the resilience to get over it. Some others posted video of the empty streets of the city's usually bustling financial zone of Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area, saying it was a once-in-a-lifetime scene.
Many of Ginger River's friends in Shanghai are now staying at home. Some shared with me screenshots of the community contact groups on Wechat for grocery shopping and delivery. Some others shared the pictures of the supplies delivered to their home by the community center and said the vegetables look good.
Community contact group on Wechat for grocery shopping and delivery
Vegetables delivered to apartments by community center
#2 Nine Chinese provinces and regions focus on investigating and rectifying excessive overtime
Since March, human resources departments of at least 9 provinces and regions including Beijing, Shandong, Anhui, Henan, Guangxi, Qinghai, Hunan, Hubei, and Jiangxi announced to focus on investigating and rectifying the issue of excessive working hours, according to a report of the chinanews.com (Chinese).
Last year, China’s top court has ruled that the controversial “996” overtime work policy (working 9 am to 9 pm, 6 days a week) is illegal, taking aim at the excessive working hours commonly practiced at Chinese Internet companies.
#3. Wang Menghui was appointed as secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the CPC
Wang Menghui was appointed secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the CPC, said an announcement by the CPC Central Committee. Ying Yong will no longer assume the position.
Wang was the minister of housing and urban-rural development prior to his new position.
On Feb. 13, 2020, Ying Yong, former mayor of Shanghai, was appointed secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the CPC, replacing Jiang Chaoliang, and took full charge of epidemic prevention and control in the province. The epidemic outbreak in the province was later contained. According to a report from xinhuanet.com (Chinese), Ying no longer assumes the position due to his age.
#6 Five steps to complete declaration of personal income tax reduction for parents of children under 3
China announced tax-relief policies for parents rearing children under 3 years old Monday as part of the efforts on improving birth policies to promote long-term and balanced population development.
Starting Jan. 1, 2022, the individual taxable income of such parents can be reduced by a total of 1,000 yuan (157 U.S. dollars) per month for each baby, said the circular.
The deduction can be applied in full by one parent or can be split evenly, added the circular.
The State Taxation Administration's account on WeChat (Chinese) introduced the five steps to complete the declaration of the tax reduction.
#9 Three major challenges remain for the investigation of China plane crash
Search work at the site of the recent plane crash in south China is continuing after the second black box was found on Sunday, an official said at a press briefing on Monday afternoon.
As of Monday noon, a total of 15,640 people had been sent to search the core site and surrounding areas of the plane crash, covering around 370,000 square meters, said Zhu Tao, head of the aviation safety office of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Li Yong, deputy head of administration, said that three major challenges remain for the investigation of China plane crash in an interview with China's major TV broadcaster CCTV Monday(Chinese):
1) There were no signs for the sudden dive of the flight from its cruising altitude, and the air traffic control did not receive any crew feedback or information reflecting abnormalities, so not much useful information was left for us.
2) The impact [hitting the ground] was very severe. The wreckage has lots of pieces and is widely distributed, which caused great difficulties for us to work through the wreckage forensics.
3) The conditions of the scene were relatively a harsh geographical environment, because it is in a valley area, coupled with the impact, and the prolonged immersion of the rain, which resulted in very muddy land, bringing a lot of difficulties to our investigators. So in response to these difficulties, we may have to be fully prepared for that this investigation should take some time, but in any case my colleagues and I will do our best to find out the cause of the plane crash as soon as possible to give an explanation to our country, to society, and to the families of the victims.
Explainer: For people who are unfamiliar with Wechat, it is a Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s app with instant messaging as its primary function, and a platform where users can search for news and information, make transactions, create self-made videos, subscribe to publications, and so on.
Wechat's monthly active user (MAU) has topped 1.2 billion, according to Tencent's Q3 report of 2021. A corporate executive claimed in January that the MAU for Wechat's search feature has surpassed 700 million, reported the China Youth Daily.
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