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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 a total of 78,017,402 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 926,029 deaths and 47,998,370 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 396,460,207 total cases, with 5,760,329 resultant fatalities and   315,238,297 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 75.6 percent of the total US population has received at least one dose of vaccine … 64.1 percent is fully vaccinated … and 42.2 percent has received a vaccine booster dose.

•  From the Washington Post this morning:

"In every U.S. state this past week, daily new coronavirus cases were lower than the previous week. Nationally, cases are down 42 percent week on week, according to a Washington Post tracker. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said Sunday that the state’s coronavirus positivity rate of 3.5 percent was at its lowest point since omicron was named a variant of concern by the World Health Organization.

"This has led some Americans to decide that, even with omicron still spreading and hospitals overwhelmed in many states, they will start going back to their pre-pandemic lives. But elsewhere in the world, countries are experiencing surges in cases and hospitalizations, and reintroducing or strengthening restrictions.

"Russia, facing a record-breaking surge, reported a daily count of new infections that is an increase of 10 times from the month before. South Korea, which successfully controlled the spread of the virus with strict border restrictions and high vaccination coverage, on Sunday crossed the threshold of 1 million cumulative coronavirus cases and extended limits on indoor gatherings and a curfew for businesses. In Hong Kong, authorities reported a record number of daily new cases and new restrictions are expected."