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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, there now have been 24,482,050 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 407,202 deaths and 14,428,351 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 95,553,377 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 2,041,232 resultant deaths, and 68,267,679 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  According to the Washington Post, "At least 10.6 million people have received one dose of the vaccine in the U.S.

"More than 1.6 million people have been fully vaccinated in states reporting … 31.2 million doses have been distributed."

•  From the Washington Post:

"It took 12 weeks for the death toll to rise from 200,000 to 300,000. The death toll has leaped from 300,000 to almost 400,000 in less than five weeks.

"It took just over a month for the U.S. coronavirus death toll to climb from 300,000 to nearly 400,000

"That is the quickest pace of 100,000 deaths since the pandemic began … Now, with more than 1 of every 1,000 Americans dead from the virus, a University of Washington model that predicted the current totals forecasts 567,000 U.S. deaths by April 1, a number that could jump above 700,000 if mask mandates are eased in the interim."

•  From the Wall Street Journal:

"The U.S. reported more than 174,000 new cases for Sunday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, down from 202,758 a day earlier and 216,290 a week earlier. It was the second day-over-day decrease in a row, after Friday’s 241,576 newly reported cases. Daily new case numbers tend to be lower at the beginning of the week, as fewer people are tested over the weekend.

"Hospitalizations, which have declined daily since Wednesday, were at 124,387 for Sunday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. That included 23,432 people in intensive-care units.

"The number of deaths reported for Sunday also fell, to 1,723 from 3,352, according to Johns Hopkins data. The number of deaths reported each day also tends to be lower on Sundays and Mondays. Sunday’s figure was down from a week-earlier 1,821."

•  From the Wall Street Journal:

"Arizona has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the U.S. and is on the brink of running out of space in crowded hospitals, according to public-health and hospital officials.

"The state hit a record for new infections last week, with 11,324 in a single day. It has the highest per capita rate of new Covid-19 infections in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the highest rate of Covid-19 hospitalizations, according to the Covid tracking project.

"As of Monday, roughly 16% of Covid-19 tests in the state were coming back positive, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, and health officials estimate that one in 10 residents is currently infected."