Coronavirus Special Report
June 12-June 18, 2021
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. Read from the bottom for context.

Coronavirus Update: Friday, June 18, 2021

For what seems like the hundredth time this spring, the European Union today urged its 27 member states to lift restrictions on visitors from the United States. But each nation makes its own rules. Who knows what this means in the larger, more fractured picture. The New York Times has the new details. Here are today's other developments:
        Go away, we're still closed   Canada and the United States today agreed to extend the closure of land borders between the two nations for another month. Originally shuttered in March, 2020, land borders will remain closed until at least July 21.
        Two by two by two   The TSA says that 2,039,425 people passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints Thursday. It's the third time in the last seven days that daily passenger counts passed two million.
        Down where we belong   There were 10,399 new Coronavirus cases in the United States on Thursday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 281. This is where the experts want us to be--but they worry about lagging vaccinations rates in (mostly) Southern states and the extremely contagious Delta (Indian) variant of the virus.
        The hotel happy place   The average nationwide U.S. hotel occupancy for the week ending June 12 reached its highest level since November, 2019. According to industry statisticians STR, the overall occupancy rate of 66% reflects a drop during the week, but a weekend increase. That indicates leisure travelers are still driving the recovery.
        Fechada   Portuguese health officials ordered a weekend lockdown of Lisbon beginning today (local time) in an attempt to blunt a recent surge of new Coronavirus infections.
        Spain   will lift its outdoor mask requirement on June 26.
        Mumbai survives   The disastrous second wave of Coronavirus in India is slowly subsiding, but experts note that Mumbai, the country's largest city and financial center, handled the crisis the best. Agence France-Presse has the details.
        Crowding skies   Eurocontrol says there were 17,347 flights in European skies on Wednesday, just under half the 2019 total. That's an improvement over recent weeks. Separately, the agency reports Greece is above 50% of 2019 traffic with Athens Airport at 65%. Aircraft traffic in Hungary is still at just 36% of 2019 traffic.

Coronavirus Update: Thursday, June 17, 2021

A German-made vaccine, CureVac, is only 47% effective, according to data released by the company. Deutsche Welle's English-language service has the details. Here are today's other developments:
        The 70% solution   The TSA says that 1,792,370 people passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints Wednesday. That is 70.2% of 2019 volume, slightly better than other Wednesdays in June.
        In the ballpark   There were 12,430 new Coronavirus cases in the United States on Wednesday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 368. Both are slightly higher than Tuesday, but in the ballpark where experts want late-pandemic statistics to be.
        France opens   France classified the United States and Canada as "green" countries, clearing the way for visitors. Vaccinated travelers must prove their status. Unvaccinated travelers must produce a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Neither group will be required to quarantine. Separately, France lifted mask requirements today (local time) and targeted June 20 (Sunday) for the end of the curfew imposed in January.
        Let the games begin   The Japanese government will end the state of emergency in Tokyo and several other regions on June 20. That will essentially end most limits on restaurants and bars before the start of the Olympic Games.

Coronavirus Update: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The European Union paved the way for the return of American tourists on Wednesday when it added the United States to its "white list" of countries. How it affects our ability to to travel there remains to be seen--and no EU member state is required to follow EU guidance. Here are today's other developments:
        Tuesday talk   The TSA says 1,678,688 people passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints Tuesday. That is 68.1% of 2019 volume, about the same as the other Tuesdays in June.
        We're getting there   There were 11,304 new Coronavirus cases in the United States on Tuesday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 339. Experts say new cases need to be around 10,000 to believe the pandemic is under control.
        Amex predicts   American Express chief executive Steve Squeri told CNBC that U.S. travel and dining spending is nearing full recovery. "Travel bookings in May were 95% of May of 2019," he said. "I think globally we’ll probably be about 80% of what we were in 2019."
        Open again   The Taj Mahal reopened after a two-month closure due to the raging Coronavirus epidemic in India.
        Cruise blues   Royal Caribbean Cruises scrapped the sailing of one of its first departures from Florida due to infections among the crew. The CBS affiliate in Miami has the details.
        Jab and fly   Charleston International Airport is now offering all adults the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine. Administered by Medical University of South Carolina, the shots are available from 9am to 4pm in the Central Hall.

Coronavirus Update: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that the end of the final tranche of Coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed by four weeks. The rules were due to be lifted on June 21, but now have been pushed back until July 19. Here are today's other developments:
        Route 66   The TSA says 1,800,954 people passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints Monday. That is 66.7% of 2019 volume, substantially less than the past weekend.
        Comforting   There were 12,710 new Coronavirus cases in the United States on Monday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 170. Those are comforting statistics--at least compared to the horrific highs earlier this year when the new case load reached 300,000 and the daily death toll passed 4,000.
        Air Canada   says it will fly about 40% of its 2019 domestic capacity in July.
        Something rotten in Denmark   Flights to, from or within Denmark are down 71% compared to 2019, much worse than Eurocontrol's continent-wide average of -53%.
        Emirates Airline   says it lost US$5.5 billion in 2020. The flag carrier of Dubai claims that it is the airline's first annual loss in 30 years.

Coronavirus Update: Monday, June 14, 2021

The border restrictions between the United States and Canada, extended monthly since March, 2020, are due to expire next Monday. There seems to be no chance that full access between the two countries will be restored. TheHill.com has the unhappy details. Here are today's other developments:
        Two by two   The TSA says 2,097,433 people passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints Sunday and 2,028,961 cleared Friday. The last time traffic reached two million passengers was March 6, 2020.
        Qualified victory   There were 4,575 new Coronavirus cases in the United States on Sunday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll was 105. But it's a qualified victory since as many as 18 states and territories do not report Coronavirus stats for Sundays, according to Johns Hopkins.
        Massaging the (Swedish) numbers   Sweden imposed many fewer restrictions on citizens during the worst of the Coronavirus waves. It hasn't worked well. Eurocontrol says flights to, from and within Sweden are 66% down compared to 2019, worse than the current Europe-wide average of -53%.
        Something like the promised land   About 22,500 people passed through Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Thursday, the highest tally since the pandemic began. The Times of Israel has the details.
        Unmasking the mermaid   Starting today (local time), Denmark removed its mask mandate for restaurants, bars, museums, concerts, movie theaters and virtually all public places.
        The Swiss solution   Switzerland will remove its mask mandate for most public spaces on June 28. And as Bloomberg reports, that's the same day Switzerland will reopen its borders to visitors who have been vaccinated.

Coronavirus Update: Weekend, June 12-13, 2021

Canada has rejected 300,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The New York Times has the details. Here are this weekend's other developments:
        Right direction   Although weekend Coronavirus numbers are always incomplete, the trend lines are going in the right direction. There were 8,207 new Coronavirus cases in the United States Saturday, says Johns Hopkins. The death toll: 279.
        Anti-vaxxers get jabbed   Houston-area hospital workers who were suspended for refusing to get vaccinated get a quick dressing down from a federal judge. He dismissed their case and said they had the absolute right not to get vaccinated, but then had to accept they'd have to find a different job. The Houston Chronicle has the details.
        Worker's paradise   Moscow's mayor declared a no-work week starting Monday in an attempt to curb a double whammy of bad news: Coronavirus cases are soaring and many wary Muscovites are refusing to take the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine.
        Chilling news   Even though half the population has been vaccinated, Chilean health authorities announced a blanket lockdown across the capital of Santiago following some of the worst COVID-19 case numbers since the pandemic began.
        One potato, two potato   You may recall that Idaho's Lt. Governor recently declared an anti-mask mandate on the day the Governor was out of town. When the Governor returned, he repealed his Lt. Governor's edict. Both are Republican--and both are vying for the Governor's job in the upcoming primary. Politico.com has the gory details of the GOP-on-GOP violence.

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.