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…

•  In the US, we've now had 80,770,604 total cases of the Covid-10 coronavirus, resulting in 979,725 deaths and 53,945,789 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 440,947,092 total cases, with 5,995,271 resultant fatalities and 373,881,693 reported recoveries.   (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 76.4 percent of the US population has received at least one dose of vaccine … 65 percent is fully vaccinated … and 43.8 percent has received a vaccine booster dose.  The CDC also points out that 49.9 percent of the US population eligible to get a booster shot has not received one.

•  Bloomberg reports that "Apple Inc. plans to begin testing vaccinated retail staff twice a week for Covid-19, a step toward dropping its mask requirement for employees.

"The company announced the plan in a memo to U.S. retail staff Tuesday, changing a policy that had required vaccinated workers to test once a week. Unvaccinated staff had already been required to test twice weekly. At the same time, the company is now allowing employees to verify their results independently rather than providing proof."