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CBA roundup: Hu Mingxuan's career******
ZHUJI, China, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- With three key scorers on the bench, defending champions Guangdong Southern Tigers held off Sichuan Blue Whales comeback 111-108, thanks to Hu Mingxuan's career-high 36 points in the fifth round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Tuesday.
Hu, last season's Most Valuable Player of the Finals, shot 11 out of 28 in 29 minutes when starters Yi Jianlian, Zhou Peng and Zhao Rui were rested this round.
Guangdong got off to a 32-23 first quarter, only to lose the second and the third. With 13 seconds on the clock in the final quarter, the score was 107-107.
Hu made all four free throws from a double-foul call and a back-court foul to pocket the victory.
"After four rounds of tough games, we were thinking about adjusting our key players this round and giving the young players some chances, but it seems that the rookies are still not ready to shoulder the team," said Guangdong's head coach Du Feng.
Shanghai Sharks had an overwhelming 117-93 win over Fujian Sturgeons, but coach Li Chunjiang was more concerned about the team's 26 turnovers.
"Although we won today, there is still a lot to improve," said Li, adding that familiarity comes with time in a young team that had just been through substantial rotation changes.
Wang Zhelin, former Fujian's center, led Shanghai with the game-high 31 points and 14 rebounds. The Sharks led from start to finish, leading as many as over 30 points in the third quarter. Everyone on Shanghai's roster scored, with five contributing double-digits.
In other games, the Shenzhen Aviators outlasted the Qingdao Eagles 102-92, extending Qingdao's losing streak to four games. The Shandong Heroes beat the Jilin Northeast Tigers 93-87, and the Guangzhou Loong Lions defeated the Nanjing Monkey Kings 100-88. Enditem
WHO special session seeking 'pandemic treaty' amid Omicron concerns******
A medical worker treats COVID-19 patients in an ICU of the University Emergency Hospital in Bucharest, Romania on November 4, 2021.。
A special session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) kicked off on Monday amid growing concerns over the latest Omicron coronavirus variant, where the participants aim to negotiate a new "pandemic treaty."
Legally binding pandemic treaty。
The WHA May session this year decided to set up a working group to consider the findings and recommendations of a number of panels and committees on global preparedness for and response to COVID-19 before starting their discussions on Monday on the potential new "legally binding agreement between nations."
"COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated fundamental weaknesses in the global architecture for pandemic preparedness and response," said World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the opening of the special session.。
"The best way we can address them is with a legally binding agreement between nations, an accord forged from the recognition that we have no future but a common future," he said.。
According to Tedros, the new "pandemic treaty" is expected to address COVID-19 as "a crisis of solidarity and sharing."
"The lack of sharing of PPE (personal protective equipment), tests, vaccines, technology, know-how, intellectual property and other tools hindered our collective ability to prevent infections and save lives," he said, noting the lack of a consistent and coherent global approach has resulted in "a splintered and disjointed response, breeding misunderstanding, misinformation and mistrust."
Travelers wait to receive COVID-19 tests at Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town, South Africa on November 29, 2021.。
Get prepared for Omicron。
The WHA special session coincides with the emergence of the highly mutated Omicron virus variant, which was designated by the WHO as a "variant of concern" (VOC) just three days ago.。
Though the WHO has said it is not yet clear whether Omicron is more transmissible or causes more severe disease than the other known variants, including Delta, concerns over its impact on the efficacy of existing vaccines and treatments have been growing.。
A number of countries have already introduced entry bans on travelers from South Africa, where Omicron was first confirmed on November 9 and has been identified in multiple European countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Sweden.。
Sweden's Public Health Agency on Monday confirmed its first case of the Omicron variant, found when a traveler who last week returned to Sweden from South Africa was tested.。
Portugal's National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) on Monday confirmed 13 cases of the Omicron variant in Portugal among players and staff members of the football club Belenenses SAD.。
The INSA said that the samples were collected and analyzed on Sunday, and that one of the players who tested positive had recently returned to the country from South Africa.。
In Germany, the COVID-19 seven-day incidence rate climbed to a new all-time high of 452.4, up from 386.5 a week ago, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases announced on Monday.。
German virologist Christian Drosten told the broadcaster ZDF on Sunday that he was "quite concerned at the moment. I am surprised to see so many mutations in the virus."
In Cyprus, new anti-coronavirus measures relating to young school children came into force on Monday, with most COVID-19 clusters currently being found in schools.。
In addition to banning direct arrival from the eight African countries most affected by the Omicron variant, all travelers coming from other destinations will also be tested for the coronavirus at airports, said Michalis Hadipantelas, Cyprus' health minister.。
Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said on Monday that the country's government is set to announce new restrictions to cope with the new variant, including tightened flight rules on seven southern African nations.。
"Omicron demonstrates just why the world needs a new accord on pandemics: our current system disincentivizes countries from alerting others to threats that will inevitably land on their shores," said Tedros.。