Coronavirus tally: China counts more than 10,000 COVID cases but eases some travel restrictions


China counted more than 10,000 fresh COVID cases on Friday sparking further restrictions on movement, but also eased some travel requirements in a move welcomed by financial markets. Beijing closed city parks and imposed other restrictions, even as millions of people remained under lockdown Friday in the west and south of China,the Associated Press reported. The country reported 10,729 new cases on Friday, almost all of them testing positive while showing no symptoms. More than 5 million people were under lockdown Friday in the southern manufacturing hub Guangzhou and the western megacity Chongqing. The government said Friday it was reducing the amount of time incoming passengers would be required to undergo quarantine. The U.S. Embassy this week renewed its advisement for citizens to avoid travel to and within China unless absolutely necessary.
In the U.S., known cases of COVID are climbing again for the first time in a few months. The daily average for new cases stood at 40,835 on Thursday, according to a New York Times tracker, up 9% versus two weeks ago. The daily average for hospitalizations was up 3% at 27,989, while the daily average for deaths is down 9% to 326. Globally, the confirmed case tally rose above 634.3 million on Friday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins, while the death toll is above 6.60 million with the U.S leading the world with 97.9 million cases and 1,074,485 fatalities.

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