The United States set another record for the number of air travelers since the pandemic set in, although passenger numbers remain far below 2019 levels.
Nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday, according to the Transportation Security Administration. That was the highest number screened since March 12 of last year when air travel began to plummet.
However, it was still 35% below the number of airport travelers reported on the comparable Sunday in 2019, according to TSA figures.
- LA County – home to more than 10 million people – recorded no new deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday
- The stunning turnaround came less than four months after the country’s deadliest day when 290 died on January 8
- California imposed some of the strictest lockdowns in the country, and now has the lowest COVID rate of any state
- LA County recorded its first COVID death on March 19 last year, when four people died, according to official figures
- Beaches are filling up and Disneyland has reopened with 25% capacity
- Last week Governor Gavin Newsom said the state mask mandate was under review after the CDC issued new guidelines for vaccinated people