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USA Today (April 17)

2021/ 04/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Nearly half of US adults have gotten at least 1 vaccine dose,” but cases are on the rise with more contagious variants. Globally, the “death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday… more than the population of Chicago (2.7 million) and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined.”


Tampa Bay Times (April 5)

2021/ 04/ 06 by jd in Global News

“Physical distancing and masks are being credited for a decline in common viruses.” Pediatric hospitalizations for respiratory illness are down 62% while only a single child has died of the flu, an illness that usually claims the lives of 100 – 200 children per season in the U.S. Beyond masks and physical distancing, other pandemic factors also play a role. “It’s become a serious societal faux pas to go anywhere with a fever – so parents don’t send their ailing kids to school.”


Financial Times (April 3)

2021/ 04/ 05 by jd in Global News

“Trading by amateur US investors has ebbed as popular bets stumble and vaccine programmes prompt consumers to focus on holidays and big purchases rather than have-a-go market speculation.”


Reuters (April 1)

2021/ 04/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Global equity markets surged on Thursday, with U.S. and European benchmark indexes hitting record highs, as the strongest manufacturing data around the world in decades and a drop in bond yields drove investor optimism.” Support is strong with “multiple tailwinds— stimulus, expectations of record earnings, vaccines—driving stocks higher.”


USA Today (March 31)

2021/ 03/ 31 by jd in Global News

“As coronavirus cases creep up again across the country, federal officials and epidemiologists say they’re worried Americans could hit another tipping point, leading to a forth significant surge of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.”


Washington Post (March 26)

2021/ 03/ 26 by jd in Global News

The “psychological grip” of the coronavirus “on the United States has weakened. Pandemic fatigue, warmer weather and a surge in vaccinations have led to a spring fever palpable across much of the country.” The number of Americans flying surged last weekend and cellphone data shows “movement steadily increasing everywhere except in large cities, where office buildings remain empty.” The pandemic “won’t last forever. But even as people are on the move, so is the virus.” There may yet be “a spring bump, if not yet anything as significant as a surge.”


Houston Chronicle (March 19)

2021/ 03/ 20 by jd in Global News

All Americans of goodwill” should “send a message of inclusion, of love, of embrace and solidarity to the millions of Americans who are of Asian descent. In Houston, this is a special responsibility for all of us because in this city and in suburbs nearby, Asian Americans have been a large, visible part of the fabric of our community for generations.”


ABC News (March 17)

2021/ 03/ 18 by jd in Global News

“Optimism is spreading in the U.S. as COVID-19 deaths plummet and states ease restrictions and open vaccinations to younger adults. But across Europe, dread is setting in with another wave of infections that is closing schools and cafes and bringing new lockdowns.”


USA Today (March 16)

2021/ 03/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Millions of adults get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the USA each day, but trials are still underway to determine the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines in children.” There is optimism that the results of the trials for 12-15 year olds will be in prior to the start of the new school year in September.


Reuters (March 15)

2021/ 03/ 15 by jd in Global News

U.S. airlines are pointing to “concrete signs of an industry recovery as a slowing COVID-19 pandemic helps leisure bookings.” One of them, “Chicago-based United, which had been among the most pessimistic of the airlines heading into the pandemic a year ago, is the first to say it could hit the industry’s cash burn milestone” and return to the black in March.


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