More than 6 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.7 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies.
Live updates for Sunday, May 31, continue below:
16 West Point cadets test positive after returning to campus for Trump’s commencement address
Update 11:21 p.m. EDT May 31: At least 16 cadets have tested positive for the coronavirus after returning to West Point campus for a commencement address by President Donald Trump June 13, USA Today reported.
The students are being treated and are not showing signs of the virus.
The infected students are a fraction of the 850 students who have returned to campus since spring break in March.
Also, 71 members out of the 5,000 faculty and staff have tested positive for the virus since March.
U.S. surpasses 104,000 deaths
Update 3:55 p.m. EDT May 31: The United States has surpassed 104,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus. The U.S. has the highest number of cases and the highest number of deaths worldwide.
According to Johns Hopkins University, 104,081 people have died in the U.S. Second to the U.S. is the United Kingdom with 38,571 deaths.
The U.S. also leads in the number of COVID-19 cases reported: 1,779,853. Second to the U.S. is Brazil with 465,116 cases reported.
Rwanda reports first COVID-19 death
Update 3 p.m. EDT May 31: Rwanda has reported the country's first coronavirus-related death. A statement by the nation's Ministry of Health said the man who died was a 65-year-old truck driver who had recently returned to Rwanda after living in a neighboring country for an unspecified amount of time.
Health officials said the patient died due to severe respiratory complications after receiving treatment at an intensive care unit at a COVID-19 facility. According to Johns Hopkins University, Rwanda has 359 reported cases of the novel coronavirus.
China reports only two new cases of COVID-19
Update 2:50 p.m. EDT May 31: China reported two new cases of COVID-19 in the country Sunday, noting that one of the two people was a German traveler. China has banned most foreigners from entering the country to try to prevent the introduction of new infections, but agreed to allow the two German flights to bring back businesspeople as it tries to revive economic growth after the coronavirus shutdowns.
No new domestic cases have been reported for a week.
India’s coronavirus cases increasing significantly
Update 1:35 p.m. EDT May 31: India reported more than 8,000 new cases of the coronavirus in a single day, another record high that topped the deadliest week in the country. Confirmed infections have risen to 182,143, with 5,164 fatalities, including 193 in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Sunday.
Data shows the number of infections increasing exponentially in recent days. Only six countries have reported more coronavirus cases than India.
There are concerns that the virus may be spreading through India’s villages as millions of jobless migrant workers return home from cities during the lockdown. Experts warn that the pandemic is yet to peak in India.
Crowds return to St. Peter’s Square to hear Pope Francis
Update 8:48 a.m. EDT May 31: Crowds returned to St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis resumed his traditional greeting from his window, CNN reported. It was the first time the pontiff has addressed a live audience since the lockdown in Italy began three months ago.
Francis said he hoped people would “have the courage to change, to be better than before and to positively build the post-pandemic world.”
Tourists were absent and only a few hundred people gathered. They wore masks and adhered to social distancing to listen to Francis, CNN reported.
US coronavirus cases surpass 1.7M, deaths top 103K
Published 12:05 a.m. EDT May 31: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States continued to climb past 1.7 million early Saturday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,747,085 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 102,836 deaths.
The hardest-hit states remain New York with 369,660 cases and 29,710 deaths and New Jersey with 159,608 cases and 11,634 deaths. Massachusetts, with 95,512 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,768, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 118,917. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 6,000 cases each.
Six other states have now confirmed at least 50,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including:
• California: 109,509 cases, resulting in 4,136 deaths
• Pennsylvania: 75,697 cases, resulting in 5,537 deaths
• Texas: 62,675 cases, resulting in 1,652 deaths
• Michigan: 56,969 cases, resulting in 5,464 deaths
• Florida: 55,424 cases, resulting in 2,447 deaths
• Maryland: 52,015 cases, resulting in 2,509 deaths
Meanwhile, Georgia, Virginia and Connecticut each has confirmed at least 42,000 cases; Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 34,000 cases; North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington each has confirmed at least 21,000 cases; Iowa and Arizona each has confirmed at least 19,000 cases; Wisconsin and Alabama each has confirmed at least 17,000 cases; Mississippi and Rhode Island each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases; Nebraska and Missouri each has confirmed at least 13,000 cases, followed by South Carolina with 11,131; Kansas, Kentucky, Utah and Delaware each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by New Mexico with 7,493; Arkansas and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases.