Coronavirus Special Report
September 11-17, 2021
Read all about it! U.S. Coronavirus deaths pass 670,000 while the national vaccination rate remains below 55%. Starting in October, Thailand will reopen Bangkok and Chiang Mai to visitors and Vietnam will reopen its first tourist destination. Delta Air Lines says that 4,000 employees got vaccinated after the carrier announced a $200 monthly surcharge on health coverage for unvaccinated workers. United Airlines says 90% of employees are vaccinated. Travel is falling after the Labor Day weekend. KLM won't require cabin crews to vaccinate and Dutch government says vaccinated American visitors won't have to quarantine. And more. Read up from the bottom for context.

Coronavirus Update: Friday, September 17, 2021

A CDC study released today concludes that the Moderna vaccine is the most effective against Covid-19 hospitalizations. It's 93% effective compared to 88% for Pfizer and 71% for J&J. TheHill.com has details. Here are today's other developments:
        Up a bit   The TSA says 1,851,345 people passed through security checkpoints at U.S. airports yesterday. It's 75.4% of volume compared to a similar September day in 2019.
        Vax to the max   Italy says all workers must have a so-called green pass and employers will be fined if the workforce does not comply. It essentially means that all workers in Italy must be vaccinated. BBC has the details.
        The Swiss solution   Switzerland continues to shuffle its Covid policy for visitors. If you are unvaccinated, you will be required to show a negative test on arrival--and submit additional in-country testing to local, canton-level officials. SwissInfo.ch, a branch of the state broadcaster, has some of the confounding details.
        Russian intrigue   New York City says all attendees of the United Nations General Assembly next week must be vaccinated with a U.S.-approved vaccine. That has infuriated the Russians because its Sputnik V shot is not approved in the United States. The irony: Russian strongman Vladimir Putin says dozens of his staffers are now battling Covid-19. Meanwhile, Jair Bolsonaro, the controversial anti-vax president of Brazil, also says he plans to flout the rules.
        Six of one   Nationwide U.S. hotel occupancy averaged 60% for the week ended September 11, according to lodging statisticians STR. That's lower than it has been in recent weeks.

Coronavirus Update: Thursday, September 16, 2021

The momentum to require vaccinations to fly is growing. Former Transportation Department secretary Ray LaHood has now endorsed the idea. Politico has the details. Here are today's other developments:
        Downward   The TSA says that 1,455,913 people passed through security checkpoints at U.S. airports yesterday. It's 67.8% of volume compared to similar September day in 2019.
        Welkom   KLM announced this week that it wouldn't require staffers to be vaccinated and now the Netherlands government has loosened its rules for U.S. visitors entering the country. A few weeks after deciding all Americans must quarantine on entry, the government now says the rule no longer applies to vaccinated visitors. The details are here.
        Vax and drink   Los Angeles County says that proof of vaccination will be required for entry into indoor areas of bars, nightclubs and wineries. Patrons and employees must have at least one dose of vaccine by October 7 and receive their second by November 4. At the moment, restaurants are not covered by the new rule.
        Almost there   United Airlines has adopted a hard-line policy on vaccines and it appears to be paying off. Nearly 90% of its employees are now vaccinated, the carrier says.
        Us, too   Virgin Australia joined rival Qantas in requiring staffers to be vaccinated. Customer-facing employees must have shots by November 15. Other staffers must be vaccinated by March 31.

Coronavirus Update: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021

Buffalo sports fans better be vaccinated. The town's two professional teams, the NFL Bills and the NHL Sabres, now require fans prove their vaccine status for entry. The team venues also mandate vaccines for entry to any other events held there. Here are today's other developments:
        May in September   The TSA says that 1,271,516 people passed through security checkpoints at U.S. airports yesterday. That's the lowest one-day total since May 5, according to the agency. It's 63.1% of volume on a similar September day in 2019.
        Finger in the dike   KLM says that it will not require all of its staff be vaccinated, but is making arrangements to keep unvaccinated crew members out of countries that require the shots. The details of KLM's finger-in-the-dike approach are here.
        What about letters of transit?   France says it issued a total of 712,317 visas in 2020, sharply down from the 3,534,999 visas issued in 2019.
        Covid in paradise   Less than three weeks before it fully reopens to international travelers, Mauritius is struggling with an alarming explosion in coronavirus infections and deaths. Cases in the Indian Ocean island nation have jumped five-fold in the past two months, says Agence France-Presse.
        More dead air   Another major anti-vax radio talk-show host has died, bringing the number to at least a half-dozen this year. Bob Enyart used to play Another One Bites the Dust while reading the obits of AIDS victims, according to the Denver Post.
        Death by Florida  Child deaths from Covid have nearly doubled since August, according to a report in Politico.com.

Coronavirus Update: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

There is no current need for a booster shot against Coronavirus, according to a study published in the The Lancet. "Booster doses for the general population are not appropriate at this stage," it concluded. Agence France-Presse has the details. Here are today's other developments:
        American exceptionalism   Johns Hopkins reported 262,049 new Coronavirus cases in the United States yesterday. That's within 40,000 cases of the record high of 300,462 recorded on January 2. Exceptional, eh?
        September song   The TSA says that 1,672,895 people passed through security checkpoints at U.S. airports yesterday. That's down substantially from last Monday (Labor Day) and just 69.5% of 2019 volume on a similar day.
        Rental wreck   Car rental prices and problems are likely to continue into next year, says Hugo Martin, the business travel reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Part of the reason? The U.S. car rental industry purchased only about 800,000 new cars in 2020, less than half of what the firms bought in 2019. Martin's full story is here.
        Inject them in the wallet   Delta Air Lines says that 4,000 employees got inoculated after the carrier announced that it would add a $200 monthly surcharge on its health care plan for unvaccinated employees. TheHill.com has the details.
        Vietnam's reopening   Vietnam's Phu Quoc Island will be the country's first tourist destination reopened to fully vaccinated foreign visitors. The test begins in October. CNN has the details.
        More Hong Kong horrors   Hong Kong International Airport handled 222,000 passengers in August. That's about 4% of pre-pandemic levels.
        Greece gets tight   Greece now bars unvaccinated people from indoor venues, including cafes and restaurants. Employees who have not taken the vaccine must undergo regular tests at their own expense. Greece has been lagging in vaccines; its uptake rate of about 55% matches the United States.

Coronavirus Update: Monday, September 13, 2021

Former French health minister Agnes Buzyn is now under formal investigation for her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic last year. Investigators told a special court in Paris that they concluded there were grounds to prosecute her. France24 has the details. Here are today's other developments:
        Down a little ... and a lot   About 5.1 million people passed through TSA security checkpoints at U.S. airports over the weekend (Friday-Sunday). That's down about 200,000 from the three-day Labor Day Weekend--and represents 74.8% of 2019 traffic on a similar weekend. That latter stat is down nearly 10 percentage points compared to Labor Day weekend's comparative performance.
        A little better ... and a lot worse   There were 1,010,209 new Coronavirus cases in the United States during the last week, according to Johns Hopkins. That is down about 10% from last week. The death toll was 11,298, up more than 10% from last week.
        September swoon   For the week ended September 12, Eurocontrol says there were 24,529 flights each day in Europe's skies. That's 70.8% of comparative 2019 traffic. Both are down from last week and point to the post-summer decline you'd expect even in normal times in Europe.
        No passport for you   England has scrapped the idea of a vaccine passport similar to the so-called green passes being issued by EU countries. Politico Europe has the details.
        Thailand cracks the door wider   Thailand, which has reopened two island destinations to visitors, says five more places will welcome travelers again beginning October 1. The capital Bangkok and the popular tourist destination of Chiang Mai are included. The Thai Tourism Authority has the details.

Coronavirus Update: Weekend, Sept. 11-12, 2021

Don't want to say that I told you so, but I did warn you in a Tactical Traveler weeks ago that a vaccine mandate to fly was working its way up the federal bureaucracy. And Anthony Fauci is now publicly supporting such a mandate. TheHill.com has details. Here are this weekend's other developments:
        For a few workers more   U.S. carriers added 5,634 workers in June compared to May, but the total full-time force (715,312) remains more than 67,000 below March, 2020, numbers. The figures were released by the Transportation Department.
        For a few guests more   U.S. hotel performance ticked up a bit last week, according to lodging statistician STR. Through September 4, average nationwide occupancy was 61.3%.
        The ongoing Florida follies   Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues his crusade against school mask mandates. after being turned away by lower courts, he won a temporary victory in the Florida Court of Appeals. The saga continues.
        Rated G   Pfizer says it has applied for approval to administer its two-shot vaccine to children aged 5-11.
        This you didn't know?   The CDC reports that unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of Covid-19 than people vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The Washington Post has the details.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for September 4-10

Read all about it! U.S. Coronavirus deaths pass 654,000 while the national vaccination rate hits 54%. More European nations, including France, close their doors to some U.S. visitors. U.S. and Canadian carriers tighten staff vaccine policies. Some Hawaii hotels will require proof of vaccination. Flights between Europe and North America are down 46% compared to 2019. Overflowing with Covid cases, hospitals in Texas, Florida and Idaho are in crisis. And much more. Click here for the week's updates.

Coronavirus Update: Monday, September 13, 2021

Former French health minister Agnes Buzyn is now under formal investigation for her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic last year. Investigators told a special court in Paris that they concluded there were grounds to prosecute her. France24 has the details. Here are today's other developments:
        Down a little ... and a lot   About 5.1 million people passed through TSA security checkpoints at U.S. airports over the weekend (Friday-Sunday). That's down about 200,000 from the three-day Labor Day Weekend--and represents 74.8% of 2019 traffic on a similar weekend. That latter stat is down nearly 10 percentage points compared to Labor Day weekend's comparative performance.
        A little better ... and a lot worse   There were 1,010,209 new Coronavirus cases in the United States during the last week, according to Johns Hopkins. That is down about 10% from last week. The death toll was 11,298, up more than 10% from last week.
        September swoon   For the week ended September 12, Eurocontrol says there were 24,529 flights each day in Europe's skies. That's 70.8% of comparative 2019 traffic. Both are down from last week and point to the post-summer decline you'd expect even in normal times in Europe.
        No passport for you   England has scrapped the idea of a vaccine passport similar to the so-called green passes being issued by EU countries. Politico Europe has the details.
        Thailand cracks the door wider   Thailand, which has reopened two island destinations to visitors, says five more places will welcome travelers again beginning October 1. The capital Bangkok and the popular tourist destination of Chiang Mai are included. The Thai Tourism Authority has the details.

Coronavirus Update: Weekend, Sept. 11-12, 2021

Don't want to say that I told you so, but I did warn you in a Tactical Traveler weeks ago that a vaccine mandate to fly was working its way up the federal bureaucracy. And Anthony Fauci is now publicly supporting such a mandate. TheHill.com has details. Here are this weekend's other developments:
        For a few workers more   U.S. carriers added 5,634 workers in June compared to May, but the total full-time force (715,312) remains more than 67,000 below March, 2020, numbers. The figures were released by the Transportation Department.
        For a few guests more   U.S. hotel performance ticked up a bit last week, according to lodging statistician STR. Through September 4, average nationwide occupancy was 61.3%.
        The ongoing Florida follies   Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues his crusade against school mask mandates. after being turned away by lower courts, he won a temporary victory in the Florida Court of Appeals. The saga continues.
        Rated G   Pfizer says it has applied for approval to administer its two-shot vaccine to children aged 5-11.
        This you didn't know?   The CDC reports that unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of Covid-19 than people vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The Washington Post has the details.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for September 4-10

Read all about it! U.S. Coronavirus deaths pass 654,000 while the national vaccination rate hits 54%. More European nations, including France, close their doors to some U.S. visitors. U.S. and Canadian carriers tighten staff vaccine policies. Some Hawaii hotels will require proof of vaccination. Flights between Europe and North America are down 46% compared to 2019. Overflowing with Covid cases, hospitals in Texas, Florida and Idaho are in crisis. And much more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for August 28-Sept. 3

Read all about it! U.S. Coronavirus deaths pass 643,000. Hospitalizations in the United States return to winter highs. The national vaccination rate inches past 53%. Global airlines continue issuing vaccine mandates for employees and passengers. More jurisdictions worldwide require proof of vaccination to dine out. The Netherlands, Italy, Sweden and Bulgaria limit travel after the EU moves the United States off its safe list. KLM drops flights to Miami, Orlando and Las Vegas after the Dutch restrict U.S. travel. A big summer for Las Vegas casinos. Mask mandates and vaccine requirements spread to destinations worldwide. And much more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for August 21-August 27

Read all about it! U.S. Coronavirus deaths pass 633,000 and new infections again soar to 150,000 cases a day. The average daily death toll is once again above 1,000. The national vaccine rate now has inched past 52%. Tourists are slow to return to Paris, but they are overwhelming Maine. No one seems to be policing the mask mandate at Myrtle Beach Airport. Hawaii's governor tells visitors to stay away. More airlines impose employee vaccine mandates. Ten million flights have not operated in Europe since the pandemic began. U.S. daily travel falls to the lowest levels in three months. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for August 14-August 20

Read all about it! Covid deaths pass 625,000 and new infections in the United States again soar past 100,000 cases a day. National vaccination rate inches past 51%. Germany again requires unvaccinated American visitors to quarantine on arrival. Japan and Australia widen their lockdowns. Global airline capacity is flat. Two NFL teams and the Consumer Electronics Show will require vaccines for in-person attendance. Three more major airlines order their staffers to be vaccinated. Hong Kong International Airport passenger traffic is down 98%. And more. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for August 7-August 13

Read all about it! Covid deaths pass 619,000 as new infections in the United States once again soar past 100,000 a day. The national vaccination rate inches toward 51%. U.S. airline traffic seems to be slowing. Global carriers reduce seat capacity again. Amtrak and Frontier and Hawaiian airlines join United and require employees to be vaccinated; Delta, American and Southwest demur. Puerto Rico lodgings will require proof of vaccination. Federal court halts Florida rules barring cruise lines from requiring crews and passengers be vaccinated. Canada will require all air travelers and interprovincial rail passengers be vaccinated. Martinique closes beaches, hotels and vacation rentals and tourists are told to leave. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for July 31-August 6

Read all about it! U.S. Covid deaths pass 615,000. The vaccination rate inches past 50%. Europe records its best month of aircraft traffic since the pandemic began. Tokyo hotels are below 50% occupancy even with the Olympics in town. China, Thailand and Australia battle new Covid outbreaks and impose new restrictions. Bars and restaurants in several U.S. cities now require proof of vaccination. One in three new Coronavirus infections comes from just two states, Texas and Florida. Americans traveling to Israel will again be required to quarantine on entry. The Delta variant causes the cancellation of major events. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for July 24-July 30

Read all about it! The U.S. Covid death toll passes 612,000 and the vaccination rate remains below 50%. The United States says it will not loosen restrictions on visitors from Europe, China, Brazil and other countries while the CDC slaps a "do not travel" warning on several more nations. Hotels in locked-down Sydney, Australia, are less than 2% occupied. Florida is the epicenter of the Coronavirus and accounts for one in five new infections in the United States. England opens to vaccinated U.S. travelers without quarantine. Las Vegas, Reno and Washington impose indoor mask mandates. Transatlantic summer traffic collapses. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for July 17-July 23

Read all about it! The U.S. Covid death toll passes 610,000, but the vaccination rate slows and remains below 50%. Canada opens to fully vaccinated U.S. visitors next month, but the United States says land borders remain closed for at least another 30 days. American Airlines claims domestic business travel will return to 2019 norms next year. Many places advise wearing a mask in public and some reimpose nightly curfews. The Australia-New Zealand "travel bubble" collapses. The CDC and State Department slap "do not travel" warning on the United Kingdom. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for July 10-July 16

Read all about it! The U.S. death toll from Covid passes 608,000, but the vaccination rate has slowed and remains below 49%. United Airlines does not expect business travel to return until 2023. Malta bars unvaccinated travelers. France, the Netherlands and Los Angeles impose new virus restrictions. Ireland won't require quarantine for American visitors beginning July 19 and Aer Lingus celebrates with a $100 flight discount. London will maintain its mask mandate on public transportation. Who knew? "Gangnam Style" may spread Covid. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for July 3-July 9

Read all about it! More than 48% of the nation has been fully vaccinated, but the U.S. death toll from Coronavirus passes 606,000 and new infections of the Delta variant are surging. England plans to lift its last Coronavirus restrictions on July 19, but there are critics. Ryanair and EasyJet will continue to impose their mask mandates. Traffic at Copenhagen, Paris and Athens airports remains well below 2019 levels. Canada cracks the travel door open, but Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Spain, Thailand and South Korea reimpose some restrictions. Tokyo bars spectators from Olympic events. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for June 26-July 2

Read all about it! Nearly 48% of the nation is fully vaccinated, but the U.S. death toll from Coronavirus has passed 605,000. After passing the 2-million traveler mark ten times in June, the Fourth of July also starts with a bang. Average U.S. hotel occupancy rates are the highest since October, 2019. Thailand, South Africa, Bangladesh and Indonesia add new Coronavirus restrictions. Australia now says only 3,000 travelers a week may enter the country. International traffic on Asia/Pacific carriers is just 4.3% of 2019 levels. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for June 19-June 25

Read all about it! Hawaii lifts testing requirement for vaccinated visitors. More than 46% of the nation has been fully vaccinated, but the total U.S. death toll from Coronavirus has now passed 603,000. The TSA says more than 2.1 million people flew on Sunday, highest total since March, 2020. Coronavirus deaths in Brazil pass 500,000. Qantas grows domestic schedule since most Australia international traffic remains forbidden. Europe reaches 50% of 2019 flight levels. Airline seat capacity worldwide remains 43% below 2019 levels. The Netherlands reopens to U.S. visitors, but not to Canadians. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for June 12-June 18

Read all about it! At least 44% 45% of the nation has been fully vaccinated, but the total U.S. death toll from Coronavirus has now passed 600,000. The TSA says more than two million people flew on three separate days in the last week, the most since March 6, 2020. Denmark, Spain, France and Switzerland drop mask mandates and France opens to visitors on Monday. Britain delays its reopening for another month. Surging infection rates force Moscow, Lisbon and the Chilean capital of Santiago to shut all or most services. Canada and the United States keep land borders closed for another month. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for June 5-June 11

Read all about it! At least 43% of the nation has been fully vaccinated, but more than 598,000 have died from the virus. The TSA says nearly two million people flew on two separate days this week, the most since early March, 2020. Two cruise ships report passengers tested positive for Coronavirus. Florida stops reporting daily virus or vaccination data. Mississippi's governor shrugs off state's horrific death toll and low vaccination rate. Europe skies are filling up again, but British passenger traffic in the first quarter fell 94% compared to 2019. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for May 29-June 4

Read all about it! More than 41% of the nation has been fully vaccinated, but more than 594,000 596,000 Americans have died from the virus. Malaysia locks down for two weeks and Hanoi halts international flights. Nearly two million travelers flew from U.S. airports on several days during the Memorial Day weekend. U.S. hotels still selling 300,000 fewer hotel rooms each day. Heathrow in London reopens Terminal 3 to serve visitors required to submit to mandatory quarantine. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for May 22-May 28

Read all about it! More than 39% 40% of the nation now has been fully vaccinated. More than 589,000 590,000 593,000 Americans have died from the virus. France reopens to vaccinated travelers next month, but requires British visitors to self-quarantine on arrival. Airline traffic once again passes the 1.8-million mark--and briefly hits 90% of comparative 2019 volume. A United Airlines sweepstakes awards a year of travel for two if you enter vaccine information. Melbourne locks down again. Cruises return to Alaska waters in July, but a Florida restart is hampered by the governor's political executive order. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for May 15-May 21

Read all about it! About 36% 37% 38% of the nation now has been fully vaccinated. More than 585,000 586,000 587,000 588,000 Americans have died from the virus. Daily airline traffic in the United States passes 1.8 million for the first time since the pandemic began and has been at least 60% of 2019 volume for 17 of the first 20 days in May. Seven New York State airports, including LaGuardia and Kennedy, will offer one-shot J&J vaccinations all next week. Southwest Airlines says business travel revenue remains 80% below 2019 levels. There's a red state-blue state divide over vaccinations. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for May 8-May 14

Read all about it! More than 30% 35% 36% of the nation has been fully vaccinated. More than 580,000 584,000 Americans have died from the virus. Daily airline traffic in the United States passes the 1.7-million mark--and 70% of 2019 volume--for the first time in more than 13 months. United Airlines, the only U.S. carrier serving India, cuts flights. England's reopening leaves U.S. visitors encased in amber. Italy isn't welcoming Americans yet. Australia won't open borders for another year. Singapore imposes new restrictions after an outbreak at Changi Airport. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for May 1-May 7

Read all about it! More than 575,000 580,000 Americans have died from the virus. More than 27% 28% 29% 30% of the nation has been fully vaccinated. Daily airline traffic in the United States passes the 1.6-million mark for the first time in more than 13 months. The U.S. halts flights from India and Singapore imposes a 21-day quarantine on most arriving travelers. Costa Rica expects 2021 tourism to be worse than 2020. The Tasman flying bubble springs a leak. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for April 24-April 30

Read all about it! More than 570,000 575,000 Americans have died from the virus. More than 25% 26% 27% of the nation has now been fully vaccinated. Italy begins relaxing Coronavirus restrictions. Austria and Ireland will wait until mid-May. France's reopening comes in stages through June. French Polynesia reopens to U.S. visitors, but requires full vaccination and negative PCR test. The CDC says that cruises will resume this summer. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for April 17-April 23

Read all about it! Worldwide Coronavirus deaths pass the three-million mark and more than 565,000 570,000 Americans have died from the virus. About 25% of the nation has now been fully vaccinated. Canada keeps its land borders closed another month. A flight from Delhi to Hong Kong becomes a superspreader event. Alaska will offer visitors vaccines starting June 1. The Maldive Islands are now open without testing or quarantine to anyone fully vaccinated. More than 8,000 passenger aircraft remain in storage. Hotel occupancy falls to mid-March levels. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for April 10-April 16

Read all about it! More than 560,000 565,000 Americans have died from the virus and more than 21% of the nation has been fully vaccinated. But new-case numbers are rising quickly. U.S. flying slows from the Easter rush. Several South American and Asian countries tighten Covid restrictions. Malta will pay tourists--in cash, not falcons--to visit this summer. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for April 3-April 9

Read all about it! More than 553,000 555,000 560,000 Americans have died from the virus and more than 155 160 165 170 175 million vaccine doses have been administered. New cases and deaths spike up despite increased vaccinations. April is off to a (literal) flying start and airline traffic is the busiest since mid-March of 2020. The CDC bungled messaging aimed at vaccinated travelers. Europe flying is still just 40% of normal. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for March 27-April 2

Read all about it! The CDC says fully vaccinated Americans can fly and travel again. More than 547,000 550,000 553,000 Americans have died from the virus. More than 135 140 145 150 154 million vaccine doses have been administered. U.S. flying roars back and was 52.5% of 2019 volume. American Airlines says bookings are 90% of 2019 levels and United says domestic leisure demand has almost returned to normal. European nations continue to lock down, however. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for March 20-26

Read all about it! More than 540,000 545,000 547,000 Americans have died from Coronavirus while 30 million people have been infected. More than 115 120 125 130 133 million vaccine doses have been administered. U.S. flying briefly hits nearly 70% of 2019 volume, but some travelers (and pilots) behave badly. Europe continues to lock down, but Germany reverses its draconian Easter shutdown. The U.S.-Canada land border remains closed another month. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for March 13-19

Read all about it! More than 532,000 535,000 540,000 Americans have died from the virus. More than 100 105 115 million doses of vaccine have been administered. Travel is roaring back in the United States as flying and hotel occupancy both hit post-pandemic highs. Starved for vaccines--and worried about the AstraZeneca version--Europe is doing less well. Italy, the first Western epicenter of the Coronavirus, locks down again. A late winter storm buries Denver International. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for March 6-12

Read all about it! More than 522,000 525,000 530,000 532,000 Americans have died from the virus. It's been a year since the outbreak was officially declared a pandemic. States continue to reopen business and dining venues, but many European countries move back to lockdown. March flying in the United States ticks up. The CDC says fully vaccinated people can mingle more freely--but shouldn't travel. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for February 27-March 5

Read all about it! More than 510,000 515,000 520,000 522,000 Americans have died from Coronavirus. Europe is locking down again but U.S. states rush to shed their mask mandates and other restrictions. February flying traffic roars to a close and early March looks good by comparison. Texas' weather woes led to a surge in hotel occupancy. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

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.