News feed:Universal virus testing(组图)

发布 : 2020-9-16  来源 : 明报新闻网



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A testing centre at the Hong Kong City Hall.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

A Hainan black-crested gibbon.

【明报专讯】THE Universal Community Testing Programme (普及社区检测计划) ended this past Monday. More than 1.7 million tests have been tested. Over hundreds testing centres had been set up territory wide, allowing citizens to undergo free testing in their community. The purpose of the programme was to track down asymptomatic patients (无症状患者) and identify invisible chains of transmission (隐形传播链). Some praised the government's efforts in gauging the pandemic situation, while others suspect that the programme was inefficient due to the low participation rate.

◆Shinzo Abe's resignation

SHINZO ABE (安倍晋三), Japan's Prime Minister (PM), is to resign. At 65, he suffers from ulcerative colitis (溃疡性大肠炎), an inflammatory bowel disease (炎症性肠病). Japan's longest-serving PM, he will have served for nine years by the end of this year, including his first term, surpassing the tenure of his grandfather and former PM Nobusuke Kishi (岸信介). His legacy includes Abenomics (安倍经济学), a string of economic policies to increase government spending and carry out structural reforms.

◆Humans' loneliest relatives

THE government of Hainan Province announced in a press conference that the Hainan black-crested gibbon (海南长臂猿), a gravely endangered primate (灵长类) species, had welcomed a new cub. Called the loneliest relatives of humans, their new family member helped breathe new life into the lonely community.

■Gear up

(1) The testing programme was specifically designed for a handful of citizens.( True / False )

(2) Shinzo Abe has served as PM for nine years.( True / False )

(3) The Hainan black-crested gibbon is ( A. an endangered species / B. a new species / C. a dangerous species ).

(Answers on next text)


universal (adj) 普及的

surpass (v) 超越

legacy (n) 留下的功绩

gravely (adv) 非常

[Smarties' Power English 第284期]