On Friday, 1,019,836 passengers flew in the USA, 1.5 million less than on the same day in 2019, according to daily figures from the Transportation Security Administration.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States was on track to surpass 12 million on Saturday, just days ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday that health experts have warned could fuel the surging spread of infection around the country.More news: Timberwolves Select Edwards, Bring Rubio Back
The extraordinary surge of a million new cases in the U.S.in the last 10 days has raised concerns that Thanksgiving gatherings could spread the virus further among families and communities, according to the agency.
It was the second-heaviest domestic air traffic day since the start of the pandemic, despite pleas from health officials for Americans to stay home. Even getting to an airport, through public transportation and ridesharing, can increase one's chances of being exposed, the CDC says. On Friday, video footage on Twitter showed more than a hundred people, wearing masks, crowding departure gates at Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix, Arizona. It said the number traveling by auto was expected to fall by only about 4%.More news: Trump tweets about election results and skips session on pandemic during G20
The CDC said that passengers who decide to go on a cruise should get tested three to five days after their trip and stay home for seven days after travel.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday it recommended that all people avoid cruise ship travel as the risk of COVID-19 on liners is very high.More news: Another Chadwick Boseman tribute found in Miles Morales
"We're alarmed with the exponential increase in cases, hospitalisations, and deaths", CDC official Henry Walke told reporters on Thursday. Pfizer said it would seek emergency-use authorisation of its vaccine from United States regulators, the first such application.