The Biden administration plans to ease COVID-19 testing restrictions for travelers from China starting on Friday, according to sources familiar with the decision. The rollback comes as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in China decline and the US gains more information about the surge. The restrictions were first implemented on January 5th, requiring travelers from China, Hong Kong, and Macau to take a COVID-19 test no more than two days before travel and provide a negative test result before boarding their flight. The rules also apply to anyone 2 years and older, including US citizens. The testing was necessary due to concerns about the lack of transparency from the Chinese government regarding the size of the surge and COVID-19 variants circulating in China. However, China has been slow to release data on the number of deaths and infections. The US decision comes at a time of strained US-China relations.

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