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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…

•  Here are the Covid-19 coronavirus numbers for the US:  32,983,695 total cases … 588,337 deaths … and 25,584,747 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  150,356,672 total cases … 3,167,010 fatalities … and 127,885,774 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  Axios writes this morning that "New COVID infections fell by roughly 16% over the past week in the U.S. — a big improvement after weeks of stasis … The U.S. averaged about 55,000 new cases per day over the past week, down from about 66,000 per day the week before.

"The number of new infections declined in 26 states and rose in only four … New York and Michigan saw the biggest improvements: New cases were down about 30% in each state."

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 54.5 percent of US adults 18 years of age or older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 37.8 percent have been fully vaccinated.

•  From the Wall Street Journal this morning:

"Vaccines appear to be starting to curb new Covid-19 infections in the U.S., a breakthrough that could help people return to more normal activities as infection worries fade, public-health officials say … With the U.S. recently averaging at least 50,000 new daily cases, the pandemic is far from over. But the U.S. is nearing a nationwide benchmark of having 40% of adults fully vaccinated, which many public-health experts call an important threshold where vaccinations gain an upper hand over the coronavirus, based on the experience from further-along nations such as Israel."

•  Axios also reports this morning that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced "that New York City plans to 'fully reopen' on July 1, with no restrictions on restaurants, retail, or any other business … It will be a major milestone for America's most populous city, which was once the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic."

The story goes on:  "While cautioning that he wants people to remain 'smart' about public health, De Blasio said that that 'we now have the confidence that we can pull all of these pieces together and get life back, really, in many ways, to where it was.

"'We said a month or so ago, it was the variants versus the vaccination, what was going to win, which one was going to win the race. Vaccination is winning this race ... 6.3 million vaccinations, COVID is plummeting … This is going to be the summer of New York City. You're going to see amazing activities, cultural activities coming back. I think people are going to flock to New York City, because they want to live again'."

•  The New York Times writes this morning that "more than 100 colleges across the country have said they will require students to receive coronavirus vaccines in order to attend in-person classes in the fall, according to a New York Times survey.

"Those requirements come as Covid-19 cases have continued to climb steadily this spring at colleges and universities across the United States. More than 660,000 cases have been linked to the institutions since the start of the pandemic, with one-third of those since Jan. 1."