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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 29,456,377 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 531,652 deaths and 20,003,325 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 115,855,972 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 2,573,498 resultant fatalities, and 91,541,095 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Washington Post reports that "at least 52.9 million people have received one or both doses of the vaccine in the U.S.  This includes more than 27 million people who have been fully vaccinated … 107 million doses have been distributed."

•  The Wall Street Journal reports:

"There were more than 65,000 new reported cases for Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and published early Thursday morning Eastern time. That number might update later. The tally was higher than the 56,758 reported a day earlier, but lower than the 74,429 reported a week earlier.

"Deaths, a lagging indicator, rose for the third day in a row, with the nation reporting more than 2,300 for Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins data. There were 1,924 a day earlier and 3,146 a week earlier."

•  From the Washington Post:

"The vast majority of global coronavirus deaths occurred in nations with high levels of obesity, according to a new report linking overweight populations with more severe covid-related illness and mortality.  The report, by the World Obesity Federation, found that 88 percent of deaths due to covid-19 were in countries where more than half the population is classified as overweight - including the United States. The organization called on governments to prioritize overweight people for coronavirus testing and vaccinations."

•  From Variety:

"Alamo Drafthouse Cinema did everything it could to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. It furloughed most of the staff, cut pay for those who remained, rented out theaters for private events, paused costly development projects, leaned on its merchandising business to keep revenue coming in, and launched an on-demand movie service.

"In the end, it was not enough. The company - the largest privately held theater chain in the U.S. - filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday morning.

"Alamo Drafthouse joins Studio Movie Grill and Cinemex, two other sizable theater chains that also found they could not survive the prolonged shutdown and the absence of new releases without bankruptcy protection."

The 40-location Alamo Drafthouse chain will remain in business through the bankruptcy, as investors buy debt back from the banks and renegotiate with creditors,