The U.S. is seeing a surge in COVID-19 infections.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90-thousand daily new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Sunday.
The daily tally at the beginning of April was around 24-thousand.
Infections are increasing especially in the Northeast and Midwest regions.
In the state of Michigan, the daily tally, which was around 5-hundred at the beginning of April, rose to 4-thousand.
As a result, a mask mandate has been reinstated at several auto factories in the state.
In Wisconsin, the number of daily infections nearly doubled in the span of just two weeks.
Hospitalizations are also increasing across the U.S., though more modestly than daily infections.
Meanwhile in China, officials in Shanghai have set out plans to return to normal life starting from June 1st.
The deputy mayor of the city on Monday said that Shanghai would end its COVID-19 lockdown and begin reopening in stages.
She added that as long as risks of a rebound in infections are controlled, the city will (quote) "fully restore normal production and life" from the beginning of June to mid- to late June.
Curbs on movement will remain in place until May 21st before a gradual easing.
Schedules for the lifting of restrictions have been repeatedly shifted in the past.
Over in Beijing, hundreds of students at Beijing University protested against strict COVID-19 restrictions on campus.
According to the AFP on Monday, at least 300 students on Sunday crowded outside one dormitory on campus and chanted in protest.
This followed plans by the university to introduce new restrictions including a ban on food deliveries.
The school has previously imposed locked-downs, with students confined to just one part of the campus, required to take daily COVID tests and were banned from receiving visitors.
In response to the protest, university officials agreed to make it easier for students to travel out of the confined area to other parts of the university, and to allow grocery deliveries.
Lee Shi-hoo, Arirang News.