On Sunday, Illinois public health officials confirmed 646 additional cases of the new coronavirus with 15 deaths.
The latest figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health showed that doctors administered nearly 24,000 tests in the past 24 hours.
State authorities have said that Illinois has made faster than expected progress in meeting the health metrics linked to the reopening. Last Friday, Illinois allowed restaurants to reopen indoor food with limited capacity and allowed other companies to reopen with restrictions.
Overall, there have been more than 141,700 total confirmed cases in the state since the start of the pandemic and more than 6,800 deaths. More than 1.5 million tests have been administered.
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On Friday, the state passed its fourth of five phases as part of Governor JB Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois”. In addition to the restaurant changes, people in the state could go to the movies and exercise in gyms, among other activities.
However, authorities warned that they could re-impose restrictions if coronavirus cases or hospitalization rates increase, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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For most people, the coronavirus has caused mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But, for others, especially the elderly and the sick, it could trigger serious symptoms and become fatal.
Associated Press contributed to this report.