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Random and illustrative stories about the global pandemic and how businesses and various business sectors are trying to recover from it, with brief, occasional, italicized and sometimes gratuitous commentary…

•  In the United States, we've now had 9,802,374 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, with 239,842 deaths and 6,293,132 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 48,535,637 confirmed coronavirus cases, resulting in 1,232,764 fatalities and 34,773,708 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Wall Street Journal reports that the US reported more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases yesterday - a new single day record.

The previous record was more than 99,000, set on October 30.

The Journal goes on:

"Across the country, several states reported record tallies of daily infections, including Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado and Idaho. Pennsylvania reported more than 2,800 new cases for the third day in a row on Wednesday after setting a record Tuesday.

"Epidemiologists and public-health researchers have said a number of factors, including pandemic fatigue and people attending social gatherings, are contributing to the rise in U.S. cases. The recent increases are affecting broader swaths of the U.S. than the spring and summer surges, when outbreaks were heavily concentrated in a handful of states."

And:

"Similar to the surges the country saw in the spring and summer, the rising number of cases nationally has been accompanied by an uptick in hospitalizations. More than 52,000 people in the U.S. are now hospitalized due to Covid-19, the highest number since Aug. 6, which was the second day in a row the figure topped 50,000, according to the Covid Tracking project."

•  The New York Times writes that "five states — Colorado, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota and Nebraska — set single-day case records on Wednesday. Cases were also mounting in the Mountain West and even in the Northeast, which over the summer seemed to be getting the virus under control.

"North and South Dakota and Wisconsin have led the country for weeks in the number of new cases relative to their population. But other states have seen steep recent increases in the last 14 days.

"Daily case reports in Minnesota, on average, have increased 102 percent over that time, while those in Indiana have risen 73 percent. For months, Maine had among the lowest levels of transmission anywhere in the country, but new cases there have more than tripled. In Wyoming, new cases are up 73 percent, while in Iowa they have more than doubled.

"Deaths related to the coronavirus, which lag behind case reports, have increased 21 percent across the country in the last two weeks."

At the same time, the Times writes, "Hospitals in some areas are feeling the strain of surging caseloads. More than 50,000 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19 across the country, according to the Covid Tracking Project, an increase of roughly 64 percent since the beginning of October."

•  The New York Times also writes that "the Italian government announced Wednesday that it would lock down a significant portion of the country, including the northern regions that are its economic engine, in an effort to stop a resurgent wave of coronavirus infections.

"Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the measures, the most drastic since the nationwide lockdown in March, would take effect on Friday and would seal off six regions in the country’s deeply infected north and highly vulnerable, and poorer, south."