Coronavirus dashboard: Catch up fast

  1. Health: Telephones played a key role in pandemic telehealth.
  2. Politics: Texas governor bans mask mandates for public schools, local governments — New York to lift mask mandate for vaccinated people.
  3. Vaccines: Vaccine boosters could be necessary as soon as the fall — Emergent paid execs bonuses despite ruining millions of J&J doses.
  4. Business: Job inequality in U.S. continues to fall on Black Americans — U.S. banks face liquidity dilemma as they sit on glut of cash.
  5. Local: Colorado defies America’s rural-urban vaccine disparities.
  6. World: Japan’s 11th hour COVID Olympics nightmare — India reports world record in daily COVID deaths.
  7. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.


  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET on Thursday: 165,030,092 — Total deaths: 3,420,437 — Total vaccine doses administered: 1,559,714,448 Map
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET on Thursday: 33,031,141 — Total deaths: 587,986 — Total tests: 455,000,070Map

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Editor’s note: Johns Hopkins University stopped reporting U.S. COVID-19 recoveries on its dashboard on Dec. 15, citing a Coronavirus Tracking Project post that explained the national data is incomplete since several states do not keep records of recovered patients. It stopped reporting global recoveries and began reporting doses administered in May.

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