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Coronavirus updates for Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sunday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR/TEGNA/AP) — Sunday's latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.

Indiana reports 9 news virus deaths Sunday

A total of 1,967 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 9 from Saturday.

The Indiana State Department of Health also announced that 397 more Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing, bringing to 34,574 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus.

Intensive care unit and ventilator capacity remain steady, with nearly 40 percent of ICU beds and nearly 84 percent of ventilators available.

Another 167 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record, following a correction to the previous day’s total. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.

To date, 261,546 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 256,395 on Saturday.

Latest US, world numbers

There have been 1.78 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of 6 a.m. Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 105,000 deaths and 390,000 people recovered.

Worldwide, there have been 6.05 million confirmed cases with more than 369,000 deaths and nearly 2.56 million recovered.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

Mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem amid virus woes

Tens of thousands of mosques across Saudi Arabia have reopened for the first time in more than two months, with worshipers ordered to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as Islam’s holiest site in Mecca remains closed to the public.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem that had been closed since mid-March also reopened for prayers. Worshipers waited outside the site’s gates before it opened, many wearing surgical masks.

As they entered, they were stopped to have their temperature measured. The new measures come as Saudi Arabia and other countries around the world begin to loosen restrictions following weeks of curfews and lock downs.