The Covid-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has affected our lives, our economy and nearly every corner of the globe. Almost 4 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide — 52 for every 100 people. But the worldwide numbers of infections continue to rise, driven by the Delta variant in highly vaccinated regions like Western Europe and the United States, where cases are relatively low but climbing fast.


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  1. PhotoPeople receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a high school in Houston last month.
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  2. PhotoScientists worry that if vaccinated people are silent spreaders of the virus, they may keep it circulating in their communities, putting unvaccinated people at risk.
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  3. PhotoDr. Anthony S. Fauci in March. “We really don’t know what the real number is,” he said recently.
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  4. PhotoThe Department of Homeland Security’s list of essential workers is long and varied, including jobs such as tugboat operators and these grocery store clerks in Brooklyn.
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  5. PhotoSoldiers administering Covid-19 vaccinations to military families at a drive-through inoculation site at Fort Bragg in North Carolina in February.
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Maps and Trackers

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  2. PhotoChildren in summer school at P.S. 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, spend part of the day outdoors.
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  3. PhotoBy one estimate, students were, on average, four to five months behind where they have typically been by the end of the school year. 
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  4. PhotoThe head of the union representing sanitation workers said that municipal labor leaders were “really aggravated” that they received little warning of the new order.
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  5. Photo“Despite school districts preparing to open their physical school buildings safely in the fall,” a new Teachers College report said, “they remain unprepared to educate Black students effectively while ensuring their safety and well-being.”
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  1. PhotoLeadenhall Market in London this week. A generally downward trend in virus cases has fanned hopes that England might finally be on the road to normality.
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  2. PhotoArriving passengers at Heathrow Airport in late June. Many people in Britain are feeling anxious about the often abrupt  changes the government is making to international travel policy.
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  3. PhotoTravelers waited to board flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in May.
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  4. PhotoThe Canadian border as seen from Buffalo in April. The U.S.-Canadian border has been closed to non-essential travel since March last year.
  5. PhotoHeathrow Airport in London last month.
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  1. PhotoShoppers in Miami Beach, Fla., in April. Factors like stimulus checks and rising coronavirus vaccination rates lifted the economy in the spring, but the Delta variant is clouding the outlook for the rest of the year.
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  3. PhotoOfficials at the Federal Reserve voted on Wednesday to keep interest rates near zero and maintain its pace of buying bonds for now.
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  4. PhotoEmpty streets in downtown Boston last month. If the Delta variant plays havoc with companies’ return-to-work plans, such scenes could continue.
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Lives We've Lost

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  1. PhotoCornelia Oberlander in an orchard on her Vancouver property in 1989. “The longing for nature is built into our genes,” she said. “That is the driving force behind my work.”
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  2. PhotoEllen Vales spent two decades working in food services for a school in Florida. Her door was always open.
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  3. PhotoIn an early phase of his life, David Anthony Kraft was a comic book writer. He worked on The Defenders, Captain America, and nearly the entire run of The Savage She-Hulk.
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  4. PhotoShirley Kost rarely went to the ballpark without platefuls of cookies for the players but also the fans who sat near her, where her regular seat had a plaque saying, “The Cookie Lady.”
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  5. PhotoRahul Vohra, one of India’s most popular YouTube stars. The day before he died, he wrote on his Facebook page, “I would have lived had I received better treatment.”
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