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.
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
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
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
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."
Queen Elizabeth makes first appearance since coronavirus lockdown
From CNN’s Leona Siaw
Queen Elizabeth II has been pictured riding a pony on the grounds of Windsor Castle, in her first photographed appearance since the coronavirus lockdown started in the UK.
The 94-year-old Queen has been a passionate horse lover throughout her reign and was photographed over the weekend riding one of her ponies, a 14-year-old Fell Pony called Balmoral Fern. On Sunday, the Royal Family’s verified Twitter page posted photos of the Queen riding.
The Queen has made two televised addresses during the lockdown, the first assuring those in isolation that "we will meet again" and the other to mark VE Day.