California's Covid curfew to begin, as U.S. cases hit 12-million mark

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 22, 2020

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that people should stay home on Thanksgiving and celebrate the holiday only with members of their own households.

The COVID-19 epidemic has claimed almost 255,000 lives in the USA - more than in any other nation - and the recent escalation has prompted more than 20 states to impose sweeping new restrictions this month to curb the virus.

Those planning to fly should get tested 1 to 3 days prior to the flight and again 3 to 5 days after traveling, according to new agency guidance on worldwide air travel released late Saturday. This compares with the 8 days it took to get from 10 million cases to 11 million, and the 10 days it took to get from 9 million to 10 million.

More than one million people flew through USA airports on Friday, according to data from the Transportation Security Administration.

That's still only 42% of the volume screened on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving a year ago, but it marks only the second- and third- busiest days for United States airport traffic since mid-March.

Friday marked another milestone in the United States as the highest number of new COVID-19 cases was reported - 196,815 infections in a day. More than 1 million people were screened by TSA at U.S. airports on Friday despite warnings urging people not to travel due to rising Covid-19 cases. Lines for TSA checkpoints and kiosks at Chicago O'Hare airport were also long on Friday and "reminiscent of pre-pandemic times". The figure represents the second-highest number of people to travel by air since March.

"For those who are considering making a trip, the majority will go by vehicle, which provides the flexibility to modify holiday travel plans up until the day of departure", AAA Senior Vice President Paula Twidale said.

"You know, right now as we're seeing exponential growth in cases and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time", said Dr. Henry Walke, CDC's Covid-19 incident manager.

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