China has implemented measures to enhance the protection of giant pandas and their habitats, yielding remarkable outcomes during recent years, leading to an increase in the total number of wild giant pandas from around 1,100 in the 1980s to nearly 1,900 currently, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration said on Thursday. The Global Times has learnt from the administration's press briefing on Thursday that the protected area for giant pandas has increased from 1.39 million hectares to 2.58 million hectares, effectively safeguarding the safety and sustainable development of the wild population of giant pandas.
The COVID-19 epidemic currently remains at a relatively low level across China while influenzas dominate the acute respiratory diseases in the country, with a relatively high proportion of influenza B as the prevailing disease, an expert from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Chinese CDC) announced on Thursday.
The UN Human Rights Council conducted the fourth round of Universal Periodic Review on China's human rights situation at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Global Times reporter Fan Lingzhi observed the meeting on Tuesday and found that despite the intensified collusion of anti-China forces inside and outside the venue to smear and attack China's human rights situation, they were unable to change the fact that the majority of countries highly praised China's improvement in human rights conditions.
A side event on human rights and Chinese modernization was held by China Society for Human Rights Studies on Wednesday in Geneva with experts from different places in China, including Xinjiang and Xizang regions sharing their stories of the human rights developments.
After a tragic fire accident in a building basement in in Xinyu city of East China's Jiangxi Province killed 39, local authorities mandated that all off-campus training institutions suspend their training activities as investigations found that some vocational college students attending an educational consulting training session were unfortunately among the casualties.
A blue book on China's overseas security risks released on Wednesday predicted that the global security situation in 2024 will see a return to geopolitical games, with the risk levels of 29 countries and regions, including the US, classified as "extremely high."
Multiple regions in southern China have witnessed snowfall and freezing temperatures recently, and heavy snowfall in Central China's Hunan Province has affected more than 10,000 people, according to Weather China on Wednesday. Local authorities have taken proactive measures to ensure people's safety.
Chinese policymakers on Wednesday issued a package of major policies to boost the country's economy, including cutting the amount of cash that banks are required to hold as reserves to inject nearly $140 billion into the economy and lowering refinancing and rediscount rates, signaling that China is stepping up efforts to ensure stable economic recovery in 2024.
A fire that broke out in a building basement in East China's Jiangxi Province killed 39 and injured another nine people, the local fire disaster emergency response headquarters said after the rescue concluded on Wednesday evening. Preliminary investigations revealed that the fire was caused by violation of regulations in construction work.
The All-China Journalists Association (ACJA) held the 2024 Chinese and Foreign Press New Year Party at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) on Tuesday. More than 260 heads of China's major news organizations, domestic and foreign journalists, and foreign envoys in China participated in the event. He Ping, chairman of the association, delivered a welcome speech, while Liu Siyang, vice chairman of ACJA and secretary of the Leading Party Members' Group of ACJA, hosted the event.
"I'm really interested in seeing what winter tourism looks like in Northeast China with its domestic tourists, especially how popular the skiing and other winter sports have become among Chinese people," Rebecca Needham, Acting Political Counsellor of the New Zealand Embassy in China, told reporters after visiting the Jingpo Lake (Mirror Lake) and the Snow Town in Northeast China's Mudanjiang in Heilongjiang Province.
Seven people responsible for the school involved in the dormitory fire disaster, which claimed the lives of 13 people and injured four in Fangcheng county, Nanyang, Central China's Henan Province, have been controlled in accordance with the law, the local authorities announced on Tuesday.
Fu Bao, the first giant panda born in South Korea through natural breeding, is scheduled to return to the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Southwest China's Sichuan Province this April, the Panda World of Everland Resort in South Korea announced on Tuesday.
China released the findings of its mammoth geological exploration of the South China Sea on Tuesday, marking a significant milestone in compiling a basic marine geological survey of the South China Sea and its adjacent seas.
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Wushi county in the Aksu Prefecture in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at around 2 am Tuesday, killing at least three people and injuring five.
As of 17:40 on Tuesday, the landslide that took place on Monday morning in Zhenxiong county, Southwest China's Yunnan Province, has claimed 31 lives. The transportation to the affected areas remains unaffected, and electricity and communication services are operating normally, with rescue operations ongoing, media reported on Tuesday.
China on Tuesday released a white paper on its legal framework and measures for counter-terrorism, which sums up the characteristics of its counter-terrorism efforts over the past decades and exploration of the path of law-based counter-terrorism work.
A side meeting of the fourth round of United Nations Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group, was held on Monday in Geneva, which was on the theme of placing development at the agenda center - safeguarding economic, social and cultural rights.
China's Ministry of State Security on Tuesday revealed a case involving an employee in a key position from a state-owned enterprise who was targeted by foreign spies during an overseas visit. The disclosure of this case aims to raise public awareness, reminding people to exercise caution and safeguard national security interests.
Ma Aijun, former head of the public security bureau of Lubei district in Tangshan, North China's Hebei Province, has been fined 700,000 yuan ($97,279) and sentenced to 12 years in prison for the charges of crimes of bending the law for personal interests and accepting bribes, Langfang City Guangyang District People's Court revealed on Sunday.
A total of 47 people from 18 families were buried following a deadly landslide in villages in Zhaotong, Southwest China's Yunnan Province on Monday based on a preliminary investigation, according to China Central Television. Rescue efforts remain underway.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on US local time Sunday that he is ending his White House bid and endorsing former president Donald Trump. Analysts said this further secures Trump's bid to become GOP nominee to run against Joe Biden this year, as US media had seen DeSantis as Trump's biggest threat in the Republican primaries.
China completed 125 million mu (8.33 million hectares) of afforestation and the improvement on grassland, and reclaimed desertified land and rocky desertification of land that amounted to 28.57 million mu (190 hectares) in 2023, exceeding the country's afforestation goals, a teleconference on the national forestry and grassland work held by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration revealed on Monday.
The mounting maritime challenges such as pollution, illegal fishing and conflicts on the ocean are not only endangering our environment, they also pose challenges to trade and global security. Recently, scientists gathered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to discuss the vast potential of autonomous robotics to solve some of these pressing issues.
Chinese military-affliated media expressed concerns over individual's disregard for national security on Sunday after a Chinese blogger shared travel tips on how to sneak into a military forbidden on a major social media platform. Chinese netizens also criticized the blogger's igonorance and potential harm of such behavior with many calling for strengthening the public's awareness over national defense.
As China experiences the first cold wave of 2024, many provinces in the southern part of the country are being hit by heavy snowstorms, with multiple regions reporting record-breaking low temperatures for this winter, according to China's meteorological authorities on Monday.
Xi orders all-out search and rescue of people missing in SW China landslide
On Sunday, marriage registration offices in many parts of China announced that they will be working as usual on Chinese New Year's Eve this year. Staff members stated that as Chinese New Year's Eve falls on a working day in 2024, the civil affairs bureaus are preparing for a potential surge in marriage registrations at the end of the year.
The city of Nanyang in Central China's Henan Province urged an all-out effort in a swift investigation into the cause of a fire at a local school dormitory that claimed 13 lives and injured one on Friday, while all the schools in the cities and counties across the province launched fire hazard inspections. Multiple places also have urgently deployed campus firefighting work, with some requiring the removal of anti-theft nets that obstruct escape routes.
The US' thinly-veiled policy of playing the so-called Taiwan card to support its geopolitical strategy of containing China is continuing after the regional election of Taiwan island with US lawmakers reportedly scheduling to go to the island.
A 27-year-old Chinese Google worker has been charged with murder after he allegedly viciously beat his wife, also a Google worker, to death inside their home in Santa Clara, California, the US, shedding light on the issue of domestic violence.
China is experiencing the first cold wave of 2024, as the central and eastern regions of the country face a severe drop in temperatures, while many southern areas will be hit by heavy snowstorms, according to China's meteorological authorities. Multiple provinces and cities are implementing various measures to deal with the cold weather.
In the heart of Cambodia, a nation scarred by the remnants of war, Liu Wenzhi, a retired military veteran turned demining specialist, has embarked on a dangerous, yet fulfilling mission of landmine elimination.
China's Ministry of Emergency Management have deployed resources and a work group led by director of the National Fire and Rescue Administration has been dispatched to Fangcheng county, Central China's Henan Province, after a fire at a local school claimed 13 lives and injured one on late Friday night.
During this year's Chunyun or Spring Festival travel rush, the scale of mobility in China is expected to significantly surpass pre-pandemic levels, with railway and civil aviation passenger volumes poised to reach record highs, officials said on Friday at a televised conference. Chunyun is the world's largest human migration activity, and is expected to run from January 26 to March 5 this year, totaling 40 days.
China has discovered a new silicate mineral, known as Nipeiite-(Ce), with the highest cerium content found so far, in a rare-earth mine in Central China's Henan Province. The mineral has been recognized by the International Mineralogical Association, China's Ministry of Natural Resources announced on Friday. An expert noted that it can be used in high-tech areas such as aerospace.
Shenzhou-16 crew members, led by their mission commander Jing Haipeng, made their first public appearance some 80 days after safely returning to Earth, on Friday at the Astronaut Center of China in Beijing.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged high-level sci-tech self-reliance to serve high-quality development in instructions delivered during the ceremony of the National Engineer Awards.
In response to the students' report of academic misconduct of a teacher from Huazhong Agricultural University in Central China's Hubei Province, the university said on Friday that there is academic misconduct based on preliminary investigation. The school has decided to immediately suspend all positions and work of the teacher surnamed Huang.
The Brain Development and Educational Science Laboratory was jointly established by the Dongjiang Boya School and the Shenzhen Institute of Neuroscience on Thursday in Huizhou, South China's Guangdong Province, as the country develops its national strategy to strengthen students' mental health.
Chinese authority revealed data on Thursday that show the number of foreigners in China in 2023 has recovered to 85 percent and foreign visitors to 36 percent of 2019 levels. This comes as simplified border checks, expanded visa-free list and other measures facilitating traveling to and living in China have been implemented.
In order to properly handle disputes related to bride price and dowry and balance the interests of both parties, China's top court on Thursday released the judicial interpretation to regulate the key and challenging problems in judicial practice in terms of the scope of dowry recognition, principles of returning bride price and qualifications of litigants.
China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Thursday issued the China National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Action Plan (2023-30), as part of the efforts to implement the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, and a scientific guide to comprehensively improve the level of biodiversity management in the country, according to the ministry.
An academic institute which is part of Jinan University of South China's Guangdong Province released on Thursday the first installment of the country's first oral history of victims and survivors of terrorism in China with the purpose to fill the research gap and let more know the stories of this special group and to get a more objective understanding of China's counter-terrorism efforts amid rumors spread by anti-China forces.
With the massive demand brought by the scale deployment of China's internet satellite mega constellation, China's commercial space industry is experiencing unprecedented success. Unlike SpaceX which has an absolute dominance in the US market, China has seen a flourishing trend in private ventures, which can fully stimulate market competition and drive technological revolution, industry insiders say.
Along with the Tianzhou-7 cargo spacecraft that has successfully docked with China's Tiangong space station early Thursday morning, a special delivery has arrived - anaerobic archaea. By simulating extraterrestrial environments, Chinese researchers aim to verify the age-old mystery of whether life exists outside of Earth.
The number of foreign citizens living in China has recovered to 85 percent of 2019 levels, China's National Immigration Administration (NIA) announced on Thursday, revealing that immigration authorities across China issued 711,000 resident permits for foreigners in 2023.
China's Ministry of Civil Affairs has recently introduced regulations aimed at effectively managing the names of social organizations. The regulations are the first comprehensive guidelines for the naming of such entities, and will come into effect on May 1, 2024, according to the ministry.
Dear taikonauts, your order on its way, keep an eye out for it! Carrying over 260 items of cargo that weighs about 5.6 tons, China's Tianzhou-7, currently the world's mightiest cargo spacecraft, is sailing toward the China Space Station after an awe-inspiring take-off from a Long March-7 carrier rocket from the Wenchang Space Launch Site in South China's tropical island province of Hainan at 10:27 pm on Wednesday.
China launches new cargo craft to send space station supplies
What comes to mind when you think of Xinjiang? Vast expanses of desert, towering mountains, diverse minorities living in harmony, cultures fusing together? The fact is that Xinjiang has so many facets that its charm can hardly be put into words! Thankfully anyone interested in experiencing the real Xinjiang is in for a treat when the documentary World's Ultimate Frontier is aired on January 19, according to the English-language news channel of China Global Television Network (CGTN).
As its inbound travel orders surged and search volumes increased, Harbin has become the brightest star on the Chinese tourism map, attracting attention from both at home and abroad, according to a recent report by chinanews.com.cn.
China's prestigious Tsinghua University on Wednesday released an employment report for the class of 2023, revealing that 8 percent of the 2023 cohort were now studying abroad, in contrast to a rumor circulating for a long time that 80 percent of Tsinghua graduates went abroad.
China's public security organs have continued to deepen the fight against gang crime, dismantling over 1,900 criminal organizations and solving around 29,000 criminal cases, arresting 27,000 suspects in 2023, China's Ministry of Public Security said on Wednesday.
China's youth unemployment came in at 14.9 percent in December, according to data published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Wednesday.
China expresses strong dissatisfaction and resolute objection against Canada and has lodged a solemn representation with the Canadian side who has politicized regular scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation, undermining the openness, trust and collaboration in the scientific and technological sectors between the two countries under the pretext of baseless national security risks, Chinese Embassy in Canada said on Tuesday in response to Canada's clampdown on researchers with ties to China.
China's population decreased by 2.08 million people in 2023 to 1.40967 billion, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data showed on Wednesday. In 2023, 9.02 million babies were born, resulting in a birth rate of 6.39 per thousand people. Meanwhile, 11.1 million people died in 2023, equal to a death rate of 7.87 per thousand people, the data showed.
China's state security organs have and will intensify efforts to combat subversion, espionage, and separatist activities related to China's Taiwan island, and will based on the rule of law, prevent, stop, and punish the infiltration, sabotage activities of hostile forces, China's Ministry of State Security said in an article published on Wednesday.
The China Ethnic Sports Association (CESA) inaugurated the equestrian archery sports center on January 13 in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province, a move to promote the standardization and internationalization of equestrian archery sports, China News Service reported.
Given the expected large floating population during the upcoming Spring Festival holidays and other factors, it's predicted that there will be a likely rise in COVID-19 infections around the holiday season, with several respiratory infectious diseases likely to coexist or alternate in prevalence in various regions across the country, Lei Zhenglong, an official from the National Disease Control and Prevention Administration, said at a Tuesday press briefing.
Chinese demographers on Tuesday proposed reshaping fertility support policies to support childbearing women to give birth and promote high-quality population development in response to the established reality of long-term negative population growth in the country.
Multiple places in Central China's Henan Province suspend classes and transportation on Tuesday due to continuous snowstorms which are expected to last until Thursday.
After netizens in several parts of China captured footage of an unidentified flying object in the sky on Sunday, experts stated that this phenomenon was caused by the passivation process of the rocket launched by SpaceX carrying Starlink satellites over North China, according to media reports on Monday.
A judge who has just decided that an AI-generated image in an intellectual property dispute was an artwork protected by copyright laws said she is in favor of the innovative development of generative AI and encourages people to use AI tools to be creative.
Including inviting Chinese superstars like Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo to introduce their hometowns, a cutthroat competition has seemingly recently started among several culture and tourism bureaus across the country, which are tactfully transforming "star power" into a new advertising mechanism for provinces and cities to boost local tourism.
China's tech giant Baidu on Monday strongly denied allegations of ties between its generative artificial intelligence (AI) product and China's military research after some media outlets claimed the company's ChatGPT-like ERNIE Bot was engaged in the training of the AI system of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China, leading to Baidu's shares plunging by around 10 percent.
Some tourists stranded in Atlay, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, due to snowstorms have been safely relocated to a local county, after roads blocked by avalanches were cleared, media reported on Monday.
The combination of Tianzhou-7 cargo spacecraft and Long March-7 Y8 carrier rocket was rolled out to the launchpad in Wenchang Space Launch Site in South China's Hainan Province on Monday. All facilities in the Wenchang spaceport are in good conditions and testing work is underway for the first China Space Station mission in 2024, the Global Times learned from the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) on Monday.
The Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department has recently released a notice seeking public opinions on the draft amendment of the regulations on the reward and protection of volunteer personnel who behave righteously in the province, in which the regulations stipulate that those sacrificed their lives will be awarded an additional one-million-yuan ($139,454) compensation for their righteousness.
China's Supreme People's Procuratorate has arrested Tang Shuangning, former Party chief and chairman of China Everbright Group, for the charge of embezzlement and accepting bribes, weakening the Party's leadership over the state-owned enterprise, being ineffective in preventing and defusing financial risks, privately reading publications with serious political problems and resisting the organizational scrutiny, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and the National Supervisory Commission.
Around 9:30 am on a blisteringly cold Sunday morning in China's “ice city” Harbin, people were lining up quietly in long queues in front of a museum, which is about an 80-minute subway ride from the city's center. No one complained about waiting in the cold for more than half an hour.
Researchers from China and the US have jointly created a new type of stable semiconductor graphene, which displays performance 10 times higher than silicon and 20 times larger than that of the other two-dimensional semiconductors. The achievement marks “a leap from silicon chips to carbon chips,” Ma Lei, leader of the research from the Tianjin International Center for Nanoparticles and Nanosystems (TICNN) at Tianjin University, who led the research, told the Global Times.
China has made serious representations to the US over the US State Department's statement on Taiwan's regional election, and opposes the US having any form of official interaction with the island, China's Foreign Ministry stated on Sunday. As the risks of Taiwan secessionists' provocation and cross-Straits conflicts overshadow peace and stability in the Straits with Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) remaining in power, experts said it is necessary to caution the US against indulging Taiwan secessionists to prevent an unwanted clash.
The number of patients received at fever clinics in medical institutions across the country has shown a fluctuating decline since the New Year's Day, but there is a possibility of a rebound in the COVID-19 infection epidemic in China in January, according to Chinese health authorities on Sunday.
The central political and legal work central conference convened from Saturday to Sunday revealed that since last August, the number of telecommunications fraud cases nationwide has decreased by 28.6 percent compared with the previous year.
The tourism phenomenon triggered by Harbin, the ice city in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, shows no sign of abating and most recently its popularity has led to a fierce competition among tourism authorities in several Chinese cities, as they strive to leverage the internet's potential to convert online engagement into real tourist footfall.
Chinese scientists have recently achieved ultra-low temperature refrigeration without the use of liquid helium, which is expected to have great application prospect in multiple high-tech fields such as deep space exploration, quantum technologies and materials science. The research result has been published in the scientific journal Nature.
The Kanas scenic spot in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has garnered widespread praise online for its commendable act of providing free food and accommodation to stranded tourists amidst heavy snowstorms.
Q: What's your comment on the result of the election in the Taiwan region?
Taiwan's leadership and legislature elections were held on Saturday.
A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Saturday commented on the outcomes of Taiwan leadership and legislature elections.
Ten people were killed and six remain missing as of press time following a coal mine accident that occurred on Friday in Pingdingshan city, located in Central China's Henan Province. The top provincial leader has issued instructions, requiring all efforts to be made in carrying out the search and rescue of the missing persons.
Construction of the world's highest-altitude pumped-storage power station kicks off Thursday in Southwest China's Sichuan Province.
Commercial aerospace company CAS Space and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Microsatellite Innovation Research Institute have confirmed a plan that the low-cost cargo spacecraft product developed by the Microsatellite Innovation Institute will be launched by the company's Kinetica 2 liquid carrier rocket and will undergo the first flight mission in 2025 for comprehensive on-orbit assessment and verification, the Global Times learned from the company on Friday.
Generative artificial intelligence (AI) can complete image creation and document writing in seconds, bringing novelty but also causing more anxiety for creators.
China's Ministry of Education (MOE) on Thursday published a list of 184 primary and secondary school artificial intelligence (AI) education bases across the country including North China's Beijing, Tianjin, and East China's Shanghai, Shandong and Jiangsu provinces, and South China's Guangdong Province, aiming to promote AI education systematically nationwide.
China's latest demographic statistics show that the phenomenon of marrying later has spread from urban areas to rural areas, with unmarried rate among young people aged 30 in cities reaching 30.7 percent and the unmarried rate of rural young people aged between 20 and 34 reaching 19.3 percent. Experts attributed this phenomenon to multiple reasons such as the prolonged schooling years, rich spiritual and cultural life, and the imbalance of sex ratio of marriageable population.
China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday urged the US to abide by the one-China principle, stop sending wrong signals to Taiwan secessionists, and refrain from interfering in the Taiwan's regional leader elections in any form, after reports disclosed that the Biden administration will dispatch a delegation comprised of former senior officials to the island of Taiwan shortly after the island's regional leader election to be held on Saturday.
The tourism fever that started over the New Year holidays has not faded in Harbin. The "ice city" in Northeast China on Thursday unveiled the slogan, emblem and mascots for the 9th Asian Winter Games set to be held in the city, adding fuel to the snow sports boom there.
Sinovac Biotech, one of the major inactivated vaccine manufactures in China, has reportedly halted COVID-19 vaccine production. The company did not confirm the news but industry observers believe it is a response to falling market demand.
The world suffered record-breaking climate disasters in 2023. The frequent extreme weather-related disasters have highlighted an urgency for weather forecasts to be more precise. In China, where the artificial intelligence (AI) is booming fast, scientists are racing to develop models that provide accurate weather forecasts to reduce the cost of climate disasters.
“Dream of Winter, Love among Asia,” two tigers and a short track speed skater… The slogan, emblem, and mascots for the 9th Asian Winter Games to be held in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province have been officially unveiled on Thursday.
The Chinese Embassy in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Thursday reminded Chinese nationals and institutions in the country to closely monitor the local situation, strengthen security precautions, and avoid going outside or remaining in crowded areas in a notice after a wave of riots, looting and arson hit the Pacific Island country.
On the celebration of the 4th China Police's Day on Wednesday, China's state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) revealed a case of foreign espionage involving frequent entry into China through the Guangdong-Macao In-Depth Cooperation Zone in Hengqin, taking advantage of streamlined customs clearance.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) separatist candidate Lai Ching-te's latest remarks to advocate the fallacy of "Taiwan independence" as well as his previous remarks indicate that if he was elected as the leader of Taiwan region, he will further promote "Taiwan independence" and separatist activities and the so-called "new situation" that Lai wants to create will be a dangerous situation with rough waves in the Taiwan Straits, Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office told a press conference on Wednesday.
China's National Immigration Administration officially implements five measures to facilitate foreign nationals coming to China, effective on Thursday, including relaxing visa application requirements and simplifying visa application materials. This move represents China's opening-up to the outside world continues to speed up.
Chinese, Australian and US researchers have revealed more about the extinction of the Gigantopithecus blacki great ape in their latest joint study, which was published in Nature on Thursday.
After watching the fourth and final episode of a documentary about corruption in Chinese soccer which aired on Tuesday night, Chinese social media platforms were immediately flooded by messages with strong emotions. Countless fans expressed their anger, disappointment, and sadness through social media, lamenting how their previous attention and support for Chinese soccer had been a waste, while raising questions and suggestions for the sport's future development.
As the fourth Chinese People's Police Day was celebrated on Wednesday, the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) released details about three spy cases, honoring the state security officers' contributions to China's counter-espionage security work, which achieved significant progress in 2023.
A number of Chinese cities recently ramped up their efforts for reimbursement medical bills for fertility services to relieve childbearing parents' financial pressure, with highly expected in-vitro fertilization (IVF) also being covered in some of cities' basic medical insurance system.