BEIJING, May 1 (Xinhua) — A total of 187 countries and regions have been hit by COVID-19, which has infected more than 3.2 million people with over 233,000 deaths globally, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally Friday.

While making an all-out effort to combat the pandemic, countries are tentatively easing anti-coronavirus restrictions and rolling out multiple aid measures to counter the economic fallout.

Meanwhile, researchers around the world are devoting themselves to studying the nature and transmission of the virus, and have made important findings.

LOCKDOWN EASING

To restore livelihoods, more countries have planned to loosen their lockdowns.

In Ireland, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Thursday his government is developing a plan to gradually ease the restrictions.

Changes will be made every two to

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