More than 253,000 coronavirus cases have been found in China in the past three weeks and the daily average is rising, the government said Tuesday, adding to pressure on officials who are trying to reduce economic damage by easing controls that confine millions of people to their homes, the Associated Press reported. China is the only major country in the world still trying to curb virus transmissions through strict lockdown measures and mass testing. The ruling Communist Party promised earlier this month to reduce disruptions from its “zero- COVID” strategy by making controls more flexible.
In the U.S., known cases of COVID are rising again with the daily average standing at 41,530 on Monday, according to a New York Times tracker, up 4% from two weeks ago. The daily average for hospitalizations was down 1% at 27,547, while the daily average for deaths is down 2% to 294. Globally, the confirmed case tally rose above 638.5 million on Tuesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins, while the death toll is above 6.62 million with the U.S leading the world with 98.4 million cases and 1,077,225 fatalities.