Coronavirus Special Report
January 16-22 2021
Read all about it! Global Coronavirus deaths pass the 2-million mark and near the 100-million case plateau. More than 390,000 395,000 399,000 have died in the United States as the virus spreads nationwide. The Biden Administration expects another 100,000 deaths in the next month. Flying is sagging in Europe as nations tighten their lockdowns. The U.S. sees a small Martin Luther King Day Weekend surge. And much more. Read from the bottom for context.

Coronavirus Update for January 18, 2021

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. You can't visit his monument in Washington because everything has been fenced off or closed down after the Capitol Riots. Here are today's other developments:
        Weekend respite   There were 177,918 new Coronavirus cases in the United States yesterday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 1,749. Monday reminder: Weekend statistics are fragmentary and incomplete. So what looks like a respite is actually a statistical weekend quirk.
        Sunday statis   The TSA says 810,654 people passed through airport checkpoints yesterday. That's 40.5% of 2020 volume, virtually identical to last Sunday.
        Halfsies   Global commercial airline capacity stands at 53.4 million seats per week. That is half the capacity of the similar week last year, according to OAG, the industry schedulekeepers.
        Airside antics   A California man who says he was afraid to fly because of the Coronavirus spent three months airside at Chicago/O'Hare Airport. A local Chicago news operation has the details.
        Hong Kong's slow death   Hong Kong International handled just 8.8 million passengers in 2020, an 87.7% decline from 2019 volume. And 2019's passenger traffic (71.5 million) was lower than 2018's volume (74.5 million) due to the democracy movement and China's subsequent crackdown.

Coronavirus Update for January 17, 2021

"By the middle of February, we expect half a million deaths in this country," Dr. Rochelle Walensky said this morning on the CBS program Face the Nation. Walensky is the incoming director of the Centers for Disease Control. Here are today's other developments:
        Just another 9/11 yesterday   There were 202,758 new Coronavirus cases in the United States yesterday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 3,352, just another 9/11's worth of death.
        Falling up   The TSA says 690,438 people passed through airport checkpoints yesterday. That's down more than 200,000 from Friday, but is a slight upswing (38.7%) compared to 2020's volume.
        Amtrak   says it is curtailing schedules in an around Washington this week due to the threat by far-right seditionists against the Inaugural. The details are here.
        Speaking of insurrectionists ...   Washington hotels had their metaphoric hands full policing hordes of "stop the steal" pro-Trumpers that descended on their properties for January 6. It turns out that people who'd attack the Capitol aren't exactly model hotel guests, either. The Washington Post has the details.
        Raised fists gather no funds   Missouri Senator Josh Hawley gave a raised-fist salute to Capitol rioters and then went on the floor of the Senate and claimed election irregularities. Apparently, hailing seditionists and lying about elections is enough for Florida resorts to cancel your upcoming fundraiser. The Orlando Sentinel has the details.

Coronavirus Update for January 16, 2021

Seven months ago today, with about 110,000 Americans dead, Vice President Pence penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. His claim: There was no second wave of Coronavirus. More than 280,000 have died since that day. Here are today's other developments:
        Tell 'em Mike Pence sent ya.   There were 215,941 new Coronavirus cases in the United States yesterday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 3,409.
        Small surge   The TSA says 903,039 people passed through airport checkpoints yesterday. That is 38.5% of 2020's volume, reflecting a small surge for the Martin Luther King weekend.
        November swoon   The Transportation Department says the 10 "marketing network carriers" (basically the entire system) scheduled about 390,000 domestic flights in November, 2020. They ran nearly 650,000 in November, 2019.
        Feeble Friday   Eurocontrol, which handles European air traffic control, says that 10,679 flights operated in Europe's skies yesterday. It's down from 11,452 last Friday.
        Trump's travel travails   Donald Trump becomes the ex-President on Wednesday and returns to a hotel-and-resort-dependent business in turmoil. The Los Angeles Times has the dreary details about the Trump brand.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for January 9-15

Read all about it! Coronavirus cases globally surge and more than 367,000 370,000 375,000 380,000 385,000 390,000 have died in the United States. Flying is plunging after the New Year's rush. Airlines ban rowdy travelers flying back from last week's Capitol riots. Washington and the area's airports lock down ahead of next week's Inauguration. Travel numbers from 2020 continue to show the depth of the industry's crisis while current lockdowns force carriers to cut capacity again. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for January 1-8

The new year starts with more of the same: Coronavirus cases in the United States near 21 million and more than 345,000 350,000 355,000 360,000 365,000 367,000 have died. Canada and England make it even tougher to enter the country as other nations tighten Coronavirus restrictions. More travel shuts down. U.S. flying zigzags after a "huge" Christmas and New Year rush. Click here for the week's updates.

2020 Daily Coronavirus Updates

We began day-by-day tracking of the Coronavirus' effect on travel in late January last year. You can see everything we posted in bullet-point form, grouped into weekly segments, by clicking 2020's archives.