U.S. air travel hits pandemic high over New Year’s holiday amid surging Covid outbreak
A member of the New York Army National Guard hands out health forms to travelers at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020.
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U.S. air travel hit its highest level on Saturday since mid-March, raising fears that the spike in holiday travel will result in another surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths in upcoming weeks.
Even as the coronavirus rages across the country, 1,192,881 people passed through security checkpoints in airports on Saturday, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
Air travel is still down significantly compared to previous years, but surged during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays despite warnings from health experts and elected officials to limit travel and family gatherings.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that the pandemic could likely get worse in the next couple weeks as …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]