The Covid-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has affected our lives, our economy and nearly every corner of the globe. A global surge in cases has leveled off after two months of growth, but the world is still averaging about 540,000 new cases and almost 9,000 deaths per day, high enough to strain health systems in many countries. More than 5.88 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, or 77 for every 100 people, but there is a stark gap between the levels in wealthier and poorer countries.


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  1. PhotoPresident Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil outside his hotel on Monday in New York.
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  3. PhotoThe city will now randomly test  unvaccinated students on a weekly basis, rather than every other week.
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  4. PhotoThe front desk at The Pierre in New York City last year.
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  5. PhotoDamarcus Crimes, 13, receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine while his mother, Christina, and brother, Deshaun, 13, look on in San Antonio, Texas, in May.
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Maps and Trackers

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  1. PhotoAllan Mamaclay, a pre-K teacher in Henderson, Nev., escorted two of his students to their classroom on the first day of school. Child care providers are struggling to hire enough workers.
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  2. PhotoA kindergarten classroom at a public school on the first day of school last week.
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  3. PhotoA kindergarten classroom at a public school on the first day of school last week.
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  4. PhotoA girl receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in San Francisco in August. The companies say the vaccine also protects younger children. 
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  1. PhotoOutside 20ft Radio, part of a group of art communities that share space inside a former textiles mill.
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  2. PhotoThe halt to the 18-month ban on travel from 33 countries includes members of the European Union, China, Iran, South Africa, Brazil and India.
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  3. PhotoIn Times Square in Manhattan last month.
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  4. PhotoIan McKellen in the title role of “Hamlet” at the Theater Royal in Windsor, England.
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  5. PhotoA restaurant terrace in Barcelona in July.
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  2. PhotoMillions of people endured delays of weeks or months before receiving benefits, forcing many to seek help from food banks or other charities.
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  3. PhotoPresident Biden on Thursday outlined a six-part plan to combat the spread of the Delta variant in the United States.
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  4. PhotoThe vaccine requirements President Biden announced on Thursday would affect about two-thirds of all workers in an attempt to spur the economy.
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  5. PhotoHouseholds that experienced a rise in food insecurity included those with children, those with Black Americans  and those in the South.
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Lives We've Lost

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  1. PhotoKenny Malone in 2018. “Music is in everything, not just the instruments we play,” he said.
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  2. PhotoLucille Times in 2005. “She was like an iron fist in a velvet glove,” a former Alabama attorney general said. “She didn’t get pushed around.”
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  3. PhotoSonny Chiba in a scene from Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” (2003).
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  4. PhotoThe producer Chucky Thompson in 2011. He was an important influence on the hip-hop and R&B sound of the 1990s. 
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  5. PhotoJacob Desvarieux in 2009. A member of the band Kassav’, he created the Zouk style of music, which combined the Afro-Caribbean traditions of the French Antilles with sleek electronic dance music.
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