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Business News Roundup, Aug. 3, 2021

A belated COVID-19 vaccination achievement, dampened enthusiasm on COVID-19 recovery, new data on the effect of ending federal unemployment benefits early, and rising COVID-19 cases in Connecticut are among the top business news items this morning.


COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States have reached President Joe Biden’s goal of having at least 70 percent of the adult population getting their first shot, about a month behind the original July 4 goal. More people are opting to get the vaccine as the Delta variant spreads among unvaccinated communities and creates local outbreaks.

Rising COVID-19 infections driven by the Delta variant have quickly damped the optimism brought on by widespread vaccination efforts earlier this year, according to a Gallup poll. Forty-five percent of respondents said they believe the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. is worsening, compared to just 3 percent in June, and 83 percent said they expect COVID-19 disruptions to persist into 2022.

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Data has so far been inconclusive on the effect of early withdrawal from federal supplemental unemployment benefits, with some economists suggesting that other factors are having a greater effect on labor shortages. However, a recent analysis from Insider suggests that states that withdrew from the program early have seen a sharp decline in continuing claims.


Connecticut’s COVID-19 daily test positivity rate exceeded 3 percent in the latest state data, rising from 2.72 percent on Friday to 3.18 percent on Monday. COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by 32 over the weekend.

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