Illinois reports 646 new cases of coronavirus Sunday, 15 additional deaths



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Health officials said 646 new cases of coronavirus and 15 related deaths were confirmed over the past day, while the rate of new cases rose slightly as the state heads into the next phase of reopening.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, a total of 141,723 cases of COVID-19 in the state including 6,888 deaths, the department said in a tweet.

Health officials said in the past 24 hours, labs have tested 23,789 more specimens for a total of 1,544,978. Of those confirmed cases, the state estimates 94 percent have recovered.

On Saturday, 786 cases of coronavirus was reported with 26 additional deaths. 

A Panama City woman said she’s thankful to be alive on Saturday after she spent six weeks in a coma following what she thought was an asthma attack, but turned out to be a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Worldwide confirmed coronavirus infections hit the 10 million mark Sunday as surges in infections prompted worries that the U.S. has lost control of its outbreak. While much of the concern has been on big states like Texas, Arizona and Florida reporting thousands of new cases a day, rural states are also seeing surges of infections.

The U.S. is set to open the largest trials of a COVID-19 vaccine next month, with 30,000 people set to test a government-created shot starting in July.


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