June 1 coronavirus news

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1:57 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

India confirms more than 8,000 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Swati Gupta in New Delhi

Passengers wearing face masks wait outside a railway station before boarding a train in Secunderabad on June 1.
Passengers wearing face masks wait outside a railway station before boarding a train in Secunderabad on June 1. Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

Indian health authorities say 8,392 new coronavirus patients were registered in the past 24 hours -- the highest number of cases identified in a single day since the pandemic began.

The previous high, 8,380 cases, was recorded yesterday.

The country has now confirmed at least 190,535 cases of Covid-19, killing at least 5,394 people.

Maharashtra, which is home to the cities of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, has recorded 67,655 confirmed cases -- more than any other state in India.

1:00 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

India's rural health care workers push for more coronavirus pay

From journalists Hema Ramaprasad and Reshmi Chakraborty in Walhe, India

Jyoti Pawar, 40, starts her day early when the sun is still low in Walhe, a village in the western Indian state of Maharashtra.

She's racing to beat the midday heat and a government-issued deadline to visit 30 to 40 households before noon.

Wearing a standard-issue pink jacket and a homemade cloth mask, she goes door to door, checking for cases of Covid-19.

Pawar is one of more than a million Accredited Social Health Activists -- or ASHA workers -- Indian women who act as a liaison between people and the public health care system in rural areas. It's considered the largest community health worker program in the world. In Hindi, ASHA means "hope."

The government considers ASHAs voluntary community health providers and pays them a monthly amount of Rs. 2,000 ($26.40), though in some states they can earn as much as Rs. 6,000 ($79.25) with additional task-based incentives, though the work is sporadic and unpredictable.

For years, ASHA workers and the unions that represent them have been pushing for more recognition -- and pay.

They say the coronavirus pandemic shows how important they are to India's health system, yet as voluntary workers they're not entitled to benefits like health care, insurance, paid leave, nor pensions.

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12:25 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

Japan records 33 new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Junko Ogura in Tokyo

A clinical laboratory technician wearing protective gear carries out PCR testing for the novel coronavirus at Hokkaido University Hospital in Hokkaido on May 15.
A clinical laboratory technician wearing protective gear carries out PCR testing for the novel coronavirus at Hokkaido University Hospital in Hokkaido on May 15. Kyodo News/Getty Images

Japan recorded 33 new coronavirus infections and one virus-related death on Sunday, according to the country's health ministry.

The new cases bring Japan's nationwide total to 17,597 confirmed cases and 905 fatalities. Of those, 712 cases and 13 deaths were tied to the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Tokyo recorded five new patients on Sunday -- the first time in six days that the number of new cases there was below double digits. The Japanese capital is currently in step two of its coronavirus recovery plan, which means that schools and some commercial facilities are allowed to reopen.

12:01 a.m. ET, June 1, 2020

US records nearly 20,000 new Covid-19 cases

At least 19,788 new coronavirus cases and 600 virus-related deaths were identified in the United States on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The national total now stands at 1,790,191 reported infections, including at least 104,381 deaths.

These numbers includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

CNN is tracking US coronavirus cases here:

11:36 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

South Korea records 35 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Yoonjung Seo in Seoul, South Korea

A health worker administers a swab at a temporary coronavirus testing centre in Bucheon, South Korea, on May 27.
A health worker administers a swab at a temporary coronavirus testing centre in Bucheon, South Korea, on May 27. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

South Korean health authorities identified 35 new coronavirus cases on Sunday -- all but five of which were locally transmitted.

Of those, 24 are linked to religious group gatherings, the South Korean health ministry said at a briefing on Monday. The ministry did not specify whether those cases are tied to a single group or multiple groups.

South Korea has been widely praised by public health experts as a model for how governments should respond to the novel coronavirus. Seoul's emphasis on widespread testing and contact tracing has helped the country keep the number of total confirmed cases to fewer than 12,000, including 271 deaths.

Though the worst of the epidemic in the country appears to be over, several new clusters have been identified in recent weeks. One of the most recent emerged at a logistics center in Bucheon, a satellite city near Seoul. Authorities say 112 cases of Covid-19 have been identified in connection with that cluster, while thousands are currently under quarantine.

There is concern that the cases tied to the religious group gatherings this weekend could be the first signs of a new cluster.

11:17 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

Catch up on the latest novel coronavirus headlines from around the globe

It's past midnight in Rio de Janeiro and approaching 9 a.m. in New Delhi. If you're just tuning in, here are the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic that you may have missed:

  • India loosens lockdown: The country has begun lifting some of its coronavirus-related restrictions, including shortening the nationwide curfew and allowing some states and territories to decide if they want to resume intrastate and interstate travel. The first phase of the three-part reopening formally begins on June 8.
  • South America cases rising: Things continue to look bleak in the world's newest Covid-19 epicenter. Brazil has now recorded more than 514,000 cases of the virus, more than any country except for the United States. Meanwhile, the number of cases recorded in hard-hit Peru rose to over 164,000 on Sunday.
  • Holy sites reopening: Life is beginning to return to normal at some of the world's most prominent places of worship. One of the holiest sites in Jerusalem, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, reopened Sunday morning for the first time in more than two months. The compound is the holiest site in the world for Jews and the third-holiest site for Muslims. Crowds also returned to St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City on Sunday as Pope Francis gave his traditional greeting from his window for the first time since lockdown began in Italy nearly three months ago.
  • Italy's positive signs: The number of coronavirus patients in Italy continues to decline. Active cases decreased by more than 1,600 over a 24-hour period, according to figures released by the country's Civil Protection Agency on Sunday. The statement said that there has been a decrease of at least 1,616 cases since Saturday’s figures, bringing the total number to approximately 42,075.
  • Queen goes riding: On a lighter note, Queen Elizabeth II was photographed riding a pony on the grounds of Windsor Castle -- her first photographed appearance since the coronavirus lockdown started in the UK.
10:59 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

103-year-old woman celebrates beating Covid-19 with a cold beer

From CNN's Anna Sturla and Bonney Kapp

Jennie Stejna enjoys a cold one to celebrate beating Covid-19.
Jennie Stejna enjoys a cold one to celebrate beating Covid-19. Life Care Center of Wilbraham/SH

A 103-year-old Massachusetts woman who recovered from Covid-19 celebrated with a favorite drink -- a cold beer, her family told CNN.

When Jennie Stejna tested positive for coronavirus in late April, her family began preparing for the worst, granddaughter Shelley Gunn said.

At one point, her family was told that Stejna had stopped eating and drinking and might not make it through the night. They called her for one last goodbye, Gunn said.

When Gunn's husband, a US Navy retiree, asked Stejna if she was ready to pass away, she responded "Hell yeah," according to the family.

"She's always been a feisty woman," Gunn said.

But instead of a grim phone call from Stejna's nursing home, on May 8 they received the news that she had tested negative, and was symptom-free, the family said.

"The nurses came into her room, and she said, "I'm not sick anymore, Get the hell out,'" Gunn said.

The nursing home staff honored Stejna's perseverance with one of her favorite treats -- an ice-cold beer.

"I think it's given everyone a smile and some hope, while it's dark days for everybody," Gunn said.

10:37 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

India will start partially reopening the country today

From CNN's Vedika Sud in New Delhi

Stranded migrant laborers prepare to board a special train to Bihar after the government eased a nationwide lockdown in Chennai, India, on May 30.
Stranded migrant laborers prepare to board a special train to Bihar after the government eased a nationwide lockdown in Chennai, India, on May 30. Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images

Multiple states and territories throughout India will today begin lifting some coronavirus-related lockdown measures as part of the country's phased reopening plan.

As of today:

  • The curfew prohibiting the movement of people between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. will be shortened to 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nationwide.
  • The federal government will now allow states and union territories to lift restrictions on the interstate and intrastate movement of people and goods, if those jurisdictions so choose.
  • However, so-called "containment zones" -- where outbreaks of Covid-19 are more severe -- must remain under lockdown until June 30.

The official first phase of the plan, dubbed "Unlock 1," doesn't actually begin until June 8. During this phase, places of worship, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and other hospitality services can reopen.

Under phase two of the plan, educational, training and coaching institutions, including schools and colleges, will be opened after consultations with states and union territories.

Dates for restarting international air travel for passengers, except as permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs, resuming metro rail services and reopening movie theaters, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will be decided in phase three.

No exact dates were provided for the start of phases two and three.

Cases spike: India recorded 8,380 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the most in a 24-hour period in the country since the global pandemic began.

To date, India has confirmed more than 190,000 cases of Covid-19 and more than 5,400 virus-related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

10:22 p.m. ET, May 31, 2020

A group of fishermen caught 220 pounds of tuna and donated it to health care workers

From CNN's Alaa Elassar

Health care workers at the Straub Medical Center with the donated tuna poke bowls.
Health care workers at the Straub Medical Center with the donated tuna poke bowls. Courtesy Red Sea Ocean Adventures

When five Hawaii fishermen took to sea, they had one goal in mind: feeding their local health care workers.

One of the fishermen was Kyle Nakamoto, the executive producer of the diving show Hawaii Skin Diver TV, who told CNN the lucky group caught two yellowfin tuna totaling 220 pounds.

The massive tuna was sent to a seafood distributor who cleaned, cooked, and prepared the tuna into more than 300 poke bowls, which were then delivered to Honolulu's Straub Medical Center and The Queen's Medical Center.

"Our staff at Straub Medical Center has been overwhelmed by the support and generosity displayed for our health care workers who have been on the frontlines of this pandemic caring for our patients and our community," Straub Medical Center chief operating officer Travis Clegg said in a statement.
"We are so grateful for all the donations we have received for our health care workers. This particular donation of fresh ahi was especially thoughtful, and we appreciate the hard work and effort that went into catching it and preparing such a wonderful meal for our teams."

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