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Profits of China's central SOEs rise 65.6 pct in Jan.******
BEIJING, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's centrally-administered state-owned enterprises (SOEs) saw a robust profit growth in the first nine months of this year, official data showed Wednesday.
Net profits of the companies totaled over 1.5 trillion yuan (about 234.1 billion U.S. dollars) in the Jan.-Sept. period, up 65.6 percent from a year ago, according to the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.
The average growth for the period in 2020 and 2021 was 19.7 percent, the commission said.
During the period, the central SOEs raked in 26.2 trillion yuan in combined revenues, an increase of 23.9 percent year on year.
Wednesday's data also showed that the overall solvency of central SOEs remained stable in the first nine months. By the end of September, the average debt-to-asset ratio of central SOEs stood at 64.8 percent, down 0.6 percentage points from a year earlier. Enditem
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WHO says not clear weather Omicron more transmissible, causes more severe disease******
A man wearing a face mask walks past a bus in London, Britain, on November 24, 2021.。
It is not yet clear whether the Omicron COVID-19 variant is more transmissible, or causes more severe disease compared to other variants including Delta, the World Health Organization said on Sunday.。
WHO said it's not yet clear whether Omicron is more easily spread from person to person compared to other variants, even though the number of people testing positive has risen in South Africa where this variant was involved.。
It's also not yet clear whether Omicron causes more severe disease, but preliminary data suggests that there are increasing rates of hospitalization in South Africa, which however may be due to increasing overall numbers of people becoming infected.。
WHO confirmed that there is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants, as understanding the level of severity of the Omicron variant will take days to several weeks.。
People walk on a commercial street in Cape Town, South Africa on November 28, 2021.。
All variants of COVID-19, including the Delta variant that is currently dominant worldwide, can cause severe disease or death, in particular for the most vulnerable people, and thus prevention is always key.。
However, WHO said preliminary evidence suggests there may be an increased risk of reinfection with Omicron, but information is limited. More information on this will become available in the coming days and weeks.。
It added that current PCR tests continue to detect Omicron, while further studies are still going on to understand how the Omicron variant will impact on available vaccines and treatments to COVID-19.。
WHO classified on Friday the latest variant B.1.1.529 of SARS-CoV-2 virus, now with the name Omicron, as a "Variant of Concern" (VOC).。
According to WHO's definition, a VOC, with a degree of global public health significance, demonstrates one or more of mutational changes, such as increase in transmissibility or detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology, increase in virulence or change in clinical disease presentation, and decrease in effectiveness of public health and social measures or available diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics.。
WHO has since called on countries to enhance surveillance and sequencing on circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants, submit complete genome sequences and metadata to a publicly available database, and report initial VOC cases or clusters to WHO.。
It has also recommended field investigations and laboratory assessments to better understand potential impacts of the VOC on COVID-19 epidemiology, the effectiveness of public health and social measures and antibody neutralization.。
Cameroon unveils 40******
YAOUNDE, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon national team head coach Antonio Conceicao has unveiled a 40-player provisional roster for the Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for next month.。
Star players Vincent Aboubakar, Choupo-Moting, Christian Bassogog and Andre Onana are on the list which will be cut down to 28 players.。
Striker Clinton Njei who has not featured for the Indomitable Lions since November last year is part of the list.。
Cameroon is paired in Group A with Ethiopia, Cape Verde and Burkina Faso.。
Cameroon and Burkina Faso will play the opening match at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde when the championship officially begins on January 9 next year.。
The continent's biggest biennial football competition has been moved twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic and wet weather.。
The tournament, which features 24 teams, will end on February 6. Enditem。