Coronavirus Special Report
Nov. 27-December 3, 2021
Read all about it! U.S. Coronavirus deaths pass 785,000 as the national vaccination rate hits 60%. Britain reimposes travel quarantines and now demands PCR tests. France, Norway and Switzerland now require travelers to complete more testing. The Sunday after Thanksgiving was the busiest flying day since the pandemic began. The TSA says about 20 million traveled over the holiday. Germany locks down the unvaccinated. The UN predicts the pandemic will cost the travel industry $2 trillion in 2021. JetBlue says 2022 business travel will be just 75% of 2019 levels. Only 43 (yes, 43) visitors arrived in Bali during the first nine months of 2021. And more. Read up from the bottom for context.

Coronavirus Update: Friday, December 3, 2021

The NFL has suspended three players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for faking their vaccine status. Sports Illustrated has details. Here are today's other developments:
        Post-Thanksgiving snooze   The TSA says 1,866,275 people passed through U.S. security checkpoints yesterday. That's 82.5% of 2019 volume. This seems to be the (temporary) new normal.
         Bali low   About 6.3 million people visited the resort island of Bali in the first nine months of 2019. First nine months of 2021? Just 43. Not 4.3 million. Just 43. Travel Weekly of Australia has details.
        Swiss double dip   Switzerland eliminated quarantines for all travelers. Beginning tomorrow, however, the nation will require travelers to complete two negative PCR tests, one before arrival and one between four and seven days later.
        Norway testing   Effective today (local time), all visitors entering Norway must take a rapid antigen test on arrival and wait at the entry point until a negative test is confirmed.
        Korea cool out   South Korea is slowing the removal of its Coronavirus restrictions. Proof of vaccination or a negative test will be required to enter restaurants, bars and other public places. The New York Times has details.
        Only the best people   Medical bureaucrats during the Trump Administration gave emergency contracts for PPP and other supplies to dozens of companies that were not qualified to produce them. Reuters has a raft of distressing details.
        Happy (hotel) Thanksgiving   Nationwide U.S. hotel occupancy was just 53% for the week ended November 27. That sounds low, but lodging statistician STR says it is the best Thanksgiving period on record.

Coronavirus Update: Thursday, December 2, 2021

The European Union says that 650 million digital Coronavirus passes have been issued in member countries since the scheme began in June. Of course, only France permits non-EU travelers to obtain one. Schengen Visa Info has details. Here are today's other developments:
        A "new" "normal"   The TSA says 1,660,506 people passed through U.S. security checkpoints yesterday. That's 80.8% of 2019 volume and largely tracks Tuesday's results. Perhaps the "new" "normal" for post-Thanksgiving volume will be around 80%. Stay tuned.
         November numbers   About 57.6 million people traveled in November, according to the TSA's daily tracking numbers. That is 84% of the passenger traffic recorded in November, 2019.
        France says test first   The French government announced today (local time) that visitors from the United States and Canada now must test negative no earlier than 48 hours before entering. PCR and some antigen tests are accepted.
        Germany cracks the whip   German officials said today (local time) that unvaccinated people will be banned from accessing all but the most essential businesses. Moreover, a vaccine mandate will probably come into effect early next year. CNN has details
        Mask up, Italian style   Two of Italy's most important cities, Rome and Turin, now require that masks be worn in most outdoor public places. Wanted in Rome, an English-language site, has details.
        JetBlue is blue   JetBlue Airways chief executive officer Robin Hayes says he expects business travel in 2022 at about 75% of 2019 levels. "We've always been more cautious about business travel [and] we're cautious into next year," Hayes says. Part of the reason for the slow recovery? Businesses "figured out ways to work differently."

Coronavirus Update: Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A U.S. district court judge in Louisiana issued a nationwide injunction on the Biden Administration's vaccine mandate for health care workers. The judge claimed only Congress could pass such a mandate on health workers although he cited no basis for the assertion. He also fretted about lost jobs and tax revenue, which he apparently feels takes precedence over health concerns. The mandate was due to take effect next week. The New York Times has details. Here are today's other developments:
        Thanksgiving's over ...   The TSA says that 1,810,460 people passed through U.S. security checkpoints yesterday. That's around 79% of 2019 volume and about a 7-point drop from Monday.
         ... Here's the scorecard   American Airlines said it carried 5.6 million passengers on 54,000 flights between November 19 and November 28. That was 92% of its 2019 capacity. Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines said it carried 3.6 million customers on 32,000 flights between November 21 and November 28. It said the 534,000 passengers flown on Sunday was a post-pandemic record for Delta.
        Done and done   The Japanese government said on Wednesday (local time) that it had asked airlines to stop taking new bookings for all flights into the country for the rest of the year.
        Pacific overtures   The Fiji Islands reopened to travelers for the first time in about 20 months. Agence France-Presse has details
        Trolling ever after   Anti-vax activists who die from Coronavirus suffer a proverbial fate worse than death. They get trolled by their former allies. The New York Times has details.
        Doctor, it hurts when I play politics ...   At least seven people who attended a one-day anti-vax conference in Florida have been diagnosed with Coronavirus. The number includes a doctor who claimed he'd been warding off the virus with a course of ivermectin. The Daily Beast has details.

Coronavirus Update: Tuesday, November 30, 2021

I told you Sunday evening not to believe everything you heard about the Omicron variant. An example: Dutch medical authorities said today that they think Omicron was in the Netherlands for a week before it was "discovered" in South Africa. Meanwhile, Moderna's chief executive says his vaccine may not be effective against the variant. And the Regeneron antibody drug may be less effective, too. But a doctor in South Africa says vaccinated patients are responding normally. Stay tuned. Assume nothing. Here are today's other developments:
        Manic Monday   The TSA says that 2,237,087 people passed through U.S. security checkpoints yesterday. That's around 86% of 2019 volume on the Monday after Thanksgiving.
        L.A. Law   How do some Los Angeles restaurants evade the city and county indoor-dining mask mandates? The Los Angeles Times has what journalists call an "explainer."
        Mooting the mandates   A federal judge in Missouri has temporarily halted the federal vaccine mandate for health care workers in ten states. TheHill.com has details.
        Meanwhile, across the country   San Diego city employees must show proof of vaccination or request an exemption by Wednesday. More than a third of the city's police officers were not vaccinated as of last week. The San Diego Union-Tribune has details.
        Down week   Eurocontrol says there was an average of about 20,000 daily flights in European skies during the week ended November 28. That was 76.3% of 2019 aircraft traffic.
        Vax or fine   Greek adults age 60 or older will face fines if they do not get vaccinated, according to the Greek government. There are new restrictions on all unvaccinated citizens, too. The New York Times has details.
        Easy does it   EasyJet, one of Europe's large low-fare/high-fee carriers, says it will fly about 65% of 2019 capacity in the current quarter. Chief executive Johan Lundgren expects the airline to be at or near 2019 capacity by next fall.
        Pretty soon you're talking real money   The Coronavirus pandemic will cost the global tourism industry US$2 trillion in lost revenue in 2021, according to the UN's tourism organization. France24 has details.

Coronavirus Update: Monday, November 29, 2021

Merriam-Webster, the dictionary people, have chosen "vaccine" as word of the year. "Insurrection" was one of the runners-up. TheHill.com has details. Here are today's other developments:
        Let's talk turkey about the travel numbers   About 6.4 million people passed through TSA security checkpoints at U.S. airports over the weekend (Friday-Sunday). That includes 2,451,300 flyers on Sunday, November 28, the highest one-day total since the pandemic began. Depending on how you cut the numbers, it was about 85% of 2019's Thanksgiving weekend traffic, the busiest in the 20 years TSA has been counting noses. An oddity: Slightly fewer people traveled over the three weekend days after Thanksgiving than November 19-21, the weekend before. According to the TSA, volume for the ten days leading up to and including Sunday was 20.9 million travelers.
        Proceed with some caution   There were 490,656 new Coronavirus cases in the United States during the last week, according to Johns Hopkins. The death toll of 5,109. Both numbers (pre-Omicron, of course) are sharply lower than last week. But proceed with caution because we don't know how the data flow was impacted by Thanksgiving.
        No Perry, please   Japan has announced it will bar entry of all foreign visitors just weeks after it began reopening its borders. The Japanese government is worried about the Omicron variant and the comparatively low vaccination rate in the country. The English-language Japan Times has details.
        BA bails on Hong Kong   At least temporarily, British Airways has halted flights to Hong Kong. The reason? The airline is concerned by the number of staffers placed into Coronavirus isolation by the China-friendly Hong Kong government.
        Delay Down Under   Australia paused plans to reopen its borders to vaccinated visa holders on December 1. The tentative new date is December 15. Australia has been one of the countries least willing to reopen during the pandemic.
        McArthur shall not return just now   The Philippines decided not to allow fully vaccinated visitors to return to the islands. The change aims to prevent the Omicron variant in the country while most of the population remains unvaccinated.
        The Swiss don't dismiss   Swiss voters overwhelmingly supported the government's Covid laws and restrictions. The BBC has details.
        You knew this already   A breakdown of September CDC statistics by Dr. Tom Frieden, the agency's former director, shows that unvaccinated people are nearly six times more likely to contract Covid and 14 times more likely to die from it. He posted his findings to Twitter.
        Hotel happening   For the week ending November 20, average nationwide hotel occupancy was 59.7%, slightly lower than the previous week, according to lodging statisticians STR.

Coronavirus Update: Weekend, Nov. 27-28, 2021

I really, really, really thought we were closer to the end of this pandemic than the beginning. But now, with the Delta variant ripping through Europe and the Omicron variant emerging, we have to rethink everything. And rethink fast because it is affecting how we travel in real time.
        What the heck is Omicron?   I am not a virologist and I don't play one at JoeSentMe. I have no idea what makes this Omicron variant different from all the other Coronavirus variants. But neither do the dozens of other people writing stories telling you what the Omicron variant is and what it means. Approach those pieces with extreme caution. They're filling space, not shedding light. Experts don't know--and won't know for weeks since Omicron was only identified late last week in South Africa. So please don't assume anything about vaccine efficacy, danger, etc. What we can say is that this variant (officially B.1.1.529) is forcing governments to move fast to try to contain it--sometimes using the same travel measures that didn't work in the past.
        Omicron is spreading fast   The variant already has been detected in many European nations. It's appeared in Israel and Australia. Canada identified its first case Sunday afternoon. At least a dozen travelers at Amsterdam Schiphol have been confirmed with the Omicron variant. (More than 60 of the nearly 600 flyers were diagnosed with Coronavirus.)
        Africa travel changes   Much to the chagrin of South African officials, who complain that the disclosure of the Omicron variant is causing the country financial pain, many Western nations have shut their borders to visitors from South Africa and other places in the region. The U.S. ban includes citizens of Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe starting Monday. The travel restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Canada, meanwhile, is tightening entry restrictions from those same countries save Malawi.
        Israel closes borders   Until December 13, visitors are no longer permitted to enter Israel. The new border closure is a reaction to the Omicron variant. Israel is one of the most vaccinated nations in the world.
        There'll always be a quarantine   Effective 4am (local time) Tuesday, all arrivals into England must self-isolate and take a PCR test by Day 2. You will be free to leave quarantine if the test is negative. Please note: Lateral Flow tests, which had been accepted for entry, are no longer valid. They must be PCR tests. Also, the British government says masks now must be worn on all public transportation and other indoor situations.
        Ilsa and Lazlo missed the last flight   Morocco has temporarily halted all flights into and out of Casablanca and the nation's other airports. The government says the decision was made "to preserve Morocco's achievements in terms of management of the Covid-19 pandemic."
        Finger in the dike at night   Due to the fast spread of the Delta variant, the Netherlands has imposed new restrictions on everyday life. Or as Prime Minister Mark Rutte bluntly explained: "The whole of the Netherlands is effectively closed between 5pm and 5am." Keep in mind that there were riots last weekend in the Netherlands over less restrictive rules.

Daily Coronavirus Updates November 20-26

Read all about it! U.S. Coronavirus deaths pass 775,000 and more Americans have died from Covid this year than last. The national vaccination rate nears 60%. As the federal vaccine mandate arrives, the TSA says 93% of its staff is covered while the Transportation Department says it is 99% vaccinated. Airport traffic passed two million for seven consecutive days before Thanksgiving. European rail and sea travel has fallen sharply during the pandemic. A South African variant leads many airlines to cancel flights. Violence against Covid rules erupts in Low Countries. Asia-Pacific airlines flew less than 4% of their 2019 passenger volume in October. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates November 13-19

Read all about it! U.S. Coronavirus deaths pass 769,000. The national vaccination rate inches toward 60%. India, Cambodia and Vietnam reopen to international visitors, but Austria locks down again and Germany may follow. Singapore Airlines operated only 32% of its pre-Covid schedule in September. London has its best month for hotel stays since the pandemic began. Dubai has handled only about 21 million flyers so far this year. Free tests for some premium class American Airlines and British Airways travelers. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates November 6-12

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll passes 758,000. The national vaccination rate hits 59%. British Airlines expect to be back to 90% of 2019 transatlantic capacity by next summer. But few senior travel executives expect 2022 to match 2019 volume. Extended-stay hotels are recovering faster than other types of lodging. Canadians wait up to seven hours to cross U.S. land borders on the first day they reopened. Hong Kong says it won't reopen to travelers until the middle of next year. Covid spikes and Coronavirus restrictions are back in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Norway. Ryanair is already operating more flights than in 2019. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates October 30-November 5

Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll passes a landmark 750,000 while the global fatalities pass five million. The national vaccination rate nears 59%. U.S. passenger volume in October was just shy of 80% of 2019 totals. The Netherlands, Germany and Austria reinstate some Covid rules. Shanghai Disneyland locks down for days when a Covid case is detected. Maine had a smashing summer as wary visitors sought out "safe" places. Vaccine mandates earn judicial approval. South Korea, Australia and Thailand relax a few Covid restrictions, but Tonga locks down. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates October 23-October 29

Read all about it! The Coronavirus death toll passes 743,000 as the national vaccination rate finally reaches 58%. The international traffic surge predicted for the global reopening hasn't happened, but one day this week U.S. passenger volume reached 94% of 2019 volume. Israel okays fully vaccinated travelers to visit, but requires a booster shot, too. Sweden reopens to U.S. visitors. European traffic across the South Atlantic is picking up. Spain expects a good winter. WestJet restores many flights to its winter schedule. The CDC extends Covid cruise rules. Alabama, Arizona and Florida aren't doing great battling Covid in 2021. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates October 16-October 22

Read all about it! Coronavirus death toll passes 733,000 while the national vaccination rate remains below 58%. American and Alaska airlines expect a full traffic and revenue recovery next year. Despite the summer travel "boom" because it opened earlier than most of Europe, Greek year-to-date traffic is down 49% compared to 2019. Hong Kong Airport and flag carrier Cathay Pacific each handled just 5% of 2019 traffic during September. Bali reopens to overseas visitors, but tourists and flights are scarce. How's the Missouri Compromise working out for us now? And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates October 9-October 15

Read all about it! Coronavirus deaths march past 721,000. The national vaccination rate nudges past 57%. About 40% of TSA agents are still not vaccinated. Business travel to Orlando is off around 80%. Singapore opens to U.S. travelers, but rules about proof-of-vaccination are problematic. Australia will now allow all citizens to return, but opening to visitors remains off the board. Thailand and Malaysia begin opening to vaccinated travelers. The Delta variant is retarding the recovery of business travel and the hotel industry. Boeing imposes a vaccine mandate on employees. France says Covid tests for travel are no longer free. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates October 2-October 8

Read all about it! Coronavirus deaths race past 710,000. The national vaccination rate crawls to 56.8%. Most major U.S. carriers confirm that they will require staff vaccinations after White House declares airlines to be federal contractors. United Airlines, which mandated vaccines in August, says only 200 employees haven't complied. Canada says air and rail passengers must be vaccinated starting October 30. JPMorgan Chase says unvaccinated staffers can't travel on business or attend in-person meetings. Australia says visitors barred until next year. Bali and India reopen to tourists later this month. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates Sept. 25-October 1

Read all about it! Coronavirus deaths pass 697,000, but the national vaccination rate barely cracks 56%. Sea-Tac requires all employees be vaccinated. International travel in the Asia-Pacific region was just 4% of 2019 levels in August. International traffic worldwide was down 68%. Transatlantic carriers reduce capacity in December even though Europeans can visit the United States again starting in November. Montserrat opens to vaccinated travelers, with a quarantine requirement. The Cayman Islands will continue to require quarantines for all arriving visitors. Thailand removes restrictions on vaccinated travelers headed to Bangkok and major leisure destinations. Florida's governor says that we should reassess our relationship with Australia because the country's Coronavirus policies are too restrictive. (PS: Around 1,300 have died in Australia while 55,000 have died in Florida.) And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for September 18-24

Read all about it! Coronavirus deaths pass 684,000, but the national vaccination rate barely cracks 55.5%. Global airline capacity through the end of the year remains down by one third compared to 2019. American hotels claim they will lose $59 billion in business travel revenue this year, even more than in 2020. United Airlines says 97% of employees are now vaccinated. Delta says its vax rate is now 82%. A vaccine mandate for Italy's workers leads to a boom in vaccinations. London/Gatwick is losing nearly $600 per passenger. Cathay Pacific in August flew just 13% of its 2019 capacity. Delta wants all airlines to have a common list of passengers who have been banned from flying due to masking issues. And more. Click here for the week's updates.

Daily Coronavirus Updates for September 11-17

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. Click here for the week's updates.

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.