OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska confirmed another 147 new coronavirus cases and five more deaths on Monday as the state further loosened its social-distancing restrictions.

The state's online tracking portal shows a total of 17,957 coronavirus cases and 249 deaths since the pandemic began.

So far, 158,827 residents have been tested. New rules that went into effect Monday allow bars, restaurants and other venues to allow more people inside.

Restaurants and bars are now allowed to use their full capacity as long as they practice social distancing and ensure additional hygiene practices.

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