Coronavirus Special Report
February 27-March 5, 2021
Read all about it! More than 510,000 512,000 Americans have now died from Coronavirus. Congress begins the process to pass a $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Texas' troubles led to a surge in hotel occupancy. And more. Read from the bottom for context.

Coronavirus Update: Saturday, February 27, 2021

The House early this morning approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion Coronavirus bill. It now goes to the Senate, which will strip the $15 minimum wage and send it back to the House for final approval. All this is being done only with Democratic support. Here are today's other developments:
        Weekend slowdown   There were 73,006 new Coronavirus cases in the United States Friday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 2,151. Those numbers are down a bit from Thursday.
        Another million people II   The TSA says that 1,096,348 people passed through U.S. airport checkpoints Friday. That is 44.9% of 2020 volume, slightly better than Thursday.
        Texas tales   With power and water out and cold weather gripping the state, Texans sought the warmth and comfort of hotels. Average nightly occupancy around the state jumped to a 50-week high at 56.3%. Room demand, the number of hotel rooms sold, grew by 331,044 across Texas, the most of any state during the week. Statistics were compiled by industry recordkeepers STR.
        The reckoning   The Transportation Department says U.S. airlines operated 4,721,342 flights in 2020 compared to 7,938,055 flights in 2019. That's just shy of 60% for the year 2020.
        Sweden   has famously relied on voluntary measures to control Coronavirus, but new cases are surging. As a result, restaurants and cafés that don't serve alcohol will have to close at 8:30pm. Dining rooms in shopping malls can only do takeaway business. There also will be a limit on the number of people allowed in shops and gyms. The new measures take effect on Monday, March 1.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for February 20-26

Read all about it! More than 495,000 500,000 505,000 510,000 Americans have died from Coronavirus and new-case numbers are edging up again. Travel-industry numbers for 2020 were brutal and the first quarter looks even weaker. Italy marks a year after it became the Western epicenter of the disease. Boeing 777s powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000 engines grounded worldwide after Denver incident. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for February 13-19

Read all about it! More than 476,000 480,000 485,000 490,000 495,000 Americans have died, but the new-case number is slowly falling. There was a Valentine's Day/President's Day boomlet in flying. The government backs off plans to demand negative tests for domestic flights. Nasty winter storms snarl flying nationwide and basically ground Texas. Travel industry financial numbers remain startlingly bad. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for February 5-12

Read all about it! More than 452,000 455,000 460,000 465,000 465,000 475,000 Americans have died. The TSA sets fines for violating federal transportation mask mandates, but the states are again fighting over masking rules. Travel is in its February funk as the economic recovery stalls. There's little hope for an immediate rebound, either. Global hotel occupancy rates are atrocious. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for Jan. 30-Feb. 4

Read all about it! More than 435,000 440,000 445,000 450,000 452,000 Americans have died as we pass 26 million cases. California, South Carolina and Arizona are the riskiest states for Coronavirus transmission. Canada cracks down on snowbird flights and slaps testing requirements on all arrivals. The CDC codifies President Biden's executive order on masks for travel. Portugal, the epicenter of the current outbreak, closes the country's borders for two weeks. A winter storm in the Northeast disrupts the skeletal air system. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for January 23-29

Read all about it! More than 412,000 415,000 420,000 425,000 430,000 433,000 Americans have died as we pass the 25-million case mark. U.S. travel slumps as the traditional January downturn depresses flying. Israel again shuts down flights. Sweden and Finland bar their Nordic neighbors and European nations close their borders to many visitors. Airline fourth-quarter "earnings" are awful. Bricks-and-mortar retailers close shops by the hundreds. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for January 16-22

Read all about it! Global Coronavirus deaths pass the 2-million mark and near the 100-million case plateau. More than 390,000 395,000 400,000 405,000 410,000 412,000 have died in the United States as we near the 25-million case mark. The Biden Administration expects 100,000 additional deaths just in the next month. Flying sags in Europe as nations tighten lockdowns. The United States sees small Martin Luther King Weekend surge, then the January malaise. And much more. Click here for the week's updates.

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.