Omicron dashboard: Catch up fast

  1. Health: Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day — The pandemic-proof health care giant.
  2. Vaccines: No evidence that healthy children, teens need boosters, WHO says — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling — Kids’ COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it “will not be intimidated” by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older.
  5. Variant tracker


  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1:15 p.m. ET on Thursday: 338,978,919— Total deaths: 5,569,279 — Total vaccine doses administered: 9,735,595,975Map
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1:15 p.m. ET on Thursday: 68,674,170 — Total deaths: 858,481Map

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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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