Covid updates: White House backs away from requiring negative tests for domestic flights; closures still worry businesses

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The number of new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. is declining to levels last seen before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. In an effort to pick up the pace of vaccinations, President Joe Biden announced Thursday his administration finalized deals for another 200 million vaccine doses, bringing the U.S. total to 600 million. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said about 34.7 million people have received at least their first vaccine dose and of that amount, 11.2 million people have received both doses of the two-shot regiment.

Here are some of the biggest developments Friday:

The U.S. is recording at least 101,700 new Covid-19 cases and at least 2,700 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 108.05 million 
  • Global deaths: At least 2.37 million
  • U.S. cases: More than 27.46 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 479,949