Covid updates: New York arenas can reopen later this month; NJ governor quarantines after family member gets virus

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Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky told CNBC that people may need annual Covid vaccinations over the next several years as the virus mutates. Last week, J&J applied for an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its single-shot Covid-19 vaccine. Public health officials also have said Covid is likely to become an endemic disease, meaning it will always circulate but at lower levels than it does now.

Here are some of the biggest developments Wednesday:

The U.S. is recording at least 108,100 new Covid-19 cases and at least 2,800 virus-related deaths each day, based on a seven-day average calculated by CNBC using Johns Hopkins University data.

The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:

  • Global cases: More than 107.19 million
  • Global deaths: At least 2.34 million
  • U.S. cases: More than 27.26 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 470,600