business news in context, analysis with attitude

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…

•  Here are the Covid-19 coronavirus numbers for the US:  32,669,121 cases … 584,226 deaths … and 25,236,658 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  145,455,886 cases … 3,088,267 fatalities … and 123,465,894 recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC says that 52 percent of adults 18 years and older have received as least one dose of the vaccination , while 34.4 percent have received at least one dose.

•  The Wall Street Journal reports that at the beginning of the year in Los Angeles, "hospitals were full, restaurants were empty, and three times more Covid-19 cases were being reported every day than in any other U.S. county.

"Now Los Angeles County has one of the lowest rates of infection per capita of the nation’s 10 most populous counties. Restaurants are packed, hospitals have open beds, and researchers are studying possible reasons for one of the pandemic’s biggest turnarounds, which has occurred despite vaccination rates lower than the national average. Their theories include high immunity caused by previous spikes and a common variant in California that may be keeping out more infectious strains.


"As case rates have fallen across the country in recent months, California has led the way. It now has the lowest per capita Covid infection rate in the continental U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thanks in large part to Los Angeles County, where a quarter of the state’s 40 million people live."

Makes me want to sing...

From the South Bay to the Valley ... From the West Side to the East Side ... Everybody's very happy ... 'Cause the sun is shining all the time ... Looks like another perfect day … I love LA!

•  Reuters reports that the CDC "is investigating the death of an Oregon woman and the hospitalisation of another in Texas after receiving Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccine, state health officials said.

"The incidents come as advisers to the CDC are set to meet on Friday to consider whether it is safe to resume injections of the single-dose vaccine, while senior health officials prepare for a green light."

•  The Washington Post reports that Japan "said it would declare a 'short' and 'powerful' state of emergency to cover Tokyo and three western prefectures on Friday to curb a surge in coronavirus cases and the rapid spread of infectious variants … With the new measures, to cover Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo, the government will require restaurants, bars and karaoke parlors serving alcohol to close, and big sports events will take place without spectators, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said.

"Department stores and other large retailers will be asked to close and companies will be encouraged to allow people to work from home.

"The measures are the third round of emergency restrictions for Tokyo and elsewhere. They represent a significant escalation from the previous limits imposed earlier this year, under which bars and restaurants were only asked to close early, stores stayed open and spectators were allowed in reduced numbers at sports events."

•  From CNBC:

"India needs a brief but extensive lockdown to break the chain of coronavirus transmission and allow the medical community to recuperate, according to the national president of the Indian Medical Association.

"The South Asian nation is going through a disastrous second wave of Covid infections. Cases began rising in February and in subsequent months, large crowds gathered for religious festivals and political rallies in various parts of the country, mostly without masks.

"There is also growing concerns about new strains of the virus that are potentially more contagious.

"On Friday, India reported 332,730 new cases of infections over a 24-hour period, according to government data. For the second day in a row, India reported the world’s highest single-day increase in infections."