Coronavirus tally: Excitement in Shanghai as officials start reopening of two-month COVID lockdown


Shanghai authorities say they will take some major steps Wednesday toward reopening China’s largest city after a two-month COVID-19 lockdown that has throttled the national economy and kept millions of people in their homes, the Associated Press reported. Officials, who set June 1 as the target date for reopening earlier in May, appear ready to accelerate what has been a gradual easing in recent days. A few malls and markets have reopened, and some residents have been given passes allowing them out for a few hours at a time. Shanghai recorded 29 new cases on Monday, continuing the decline from more than 20,000 a day in April.
In the U.S., cases seem to be stabilizing again after a steady climb caused by omicron and its subvariants. The U.S. is averaging 109,105 cases a day, up 14% from two weeks ago, according to a New York Times tracker. The country is averaging 26,781 hospitalizations a day, up 20% from two weeks ago. The daily death toll has fallen to 368 on average, up 22% from two weeks ago. Cases are stabilizing in states in the Northeast that were recent hotspots.
On a global basis, total cases are now above 529.4 million. Total deaths are above 6.28 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, with the U.S. still leading the way with 84 million cases and 1,004,760 deaths.

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