A lot of travelers check in for their flights at 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 on Memorial Day weekend.
The 11,976 new cases reported on May 29th were the lowest since March 23, 2020, when 11,238 new cases were reported, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The 7-day average of 21,007 is the lowest since March 31 last year when it was 19,363.
On Friday, the TSA also reported the highest number of travelers since the pandemic began, with more than 1.9 million people soaring for the long weekend. At the same time last year, the TSA counted just 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 statement, the number of daily TSA trips dropped from 1.7 million to 620,000. On March 25, the number was 203,000. Since March 11, 2021, the daily number of planes has exceeded 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, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. President Biden announced earlier this month that his administration plans to increase the number of adults on at least one dose to 70% by July 4th.
“If we succeed in this endeavor,” said Biden during his announcement, “then the Americans have taken a serious step towards a return to normal.”
The CDC recently said that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most settings, although masks are still required on planes, buses, trains and public transport. Cities across the country are lifting restrictions on indoor eating and gatherings as cases decline and vaccinations increase.
The Chief Medical Officer of the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has repeatedly said that he wanted the number of daily cases to fall below 10,000 before a widespread security easing takes place.