A crowd of travelers are checking in for their flights in LAX on Friday, May 28, 2021.
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The U.S. has reported the lowest number of Covid-19 cases in more than a year as the country’s airports recorded the highest number of travelers since the pandemic began over the weekend of Memorial Day.
The 11,976 new cases reported on May 29 were the lowest since March 23, 2020, when 11,238 new cases were reported, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The seven-day average of 21,007 is the lowest since March 31 last year when it was 19,363.
Friday saw the TSA report that too highest number of travelers since the beginning of the pandemic, with more than 1.9 million people taking to the skies for the long weekend. At the same time last year, the TSA counted only 327,000 passengers at its checkpoints.
The World Health Organization officially declared Covid-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. The US reported 1,147 Covid cases that day. The pandemic would infect more than 33 million people in the United States and kill nearly 600,000 people.
Within a week of the WHO’s statement, daily TSA trips dropped from 1.7 million to 620,000. As of March 25, the number was 203,000. Since March 11, 2021, the daily number of fliers has remained above 1 million.
More than 60% of adults in the US have at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, while 40.5% of adults are fully vaccinated Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. President Biden Announced earlier this month that his government aims to increase the number of adults on at least one dose to 70% by July 4th.
“If we succeed in these efforts,” said Biden during his announcement, “then the Americans will have taken a serious step towards a return to normal.”
The CDC recently said people are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks in most environments, although masks are still required on airplanes, buses, trains, and public transportation. Cities across the country are Lifting of restrictions to indoor dining and gatherings as cases go down and vaccinations go up.
The Chief Medical Officer of the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has repeatedly stated that he wants the daily case numbers to fall below 10,000 before a major relaxation of security measures takes place.