Coronavirus News Update – April 2: Air Traffic to Vacation Spots Enjoying a Resurgence

New Guidelines Relax Guidelines for Testing and Self-Quarantine

By Paul Riegler on 2 April 2021
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Air travel in the United States is bouncing back in step with the rollout of vaccinations, although guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to continue limiting non-essential travel. While traffic in major metropolitan airports is down as much as 70% from their normal passenger volume, regional airports are seeing a resurgence, especially in vacation destinations such as ski areas and beaches.

As of early Friday morning, the world has crossed the 130 million mark in Covid-19 cases and it has seen 2.84 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service which tracks such information.  In addition, 105 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered 617 million doses, the equivalent of 8.0 doses for every 100 people as of Wednesday morning, a 0.2 percentage point increase since Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Friday, close to 100 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Over one-third of the population – some 99 million people or 37.7% of the population over the age of 18 – has received at least a first inoculation, including 55.9 million people, or 21.7% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 16.9% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, a 0.6 percentage point increase over Friday.

New data from the New York City Health Department found that five variants of the coronavirus account for 70% of recent Covid-19 cases in the Big Apple. The five include the B.1.1.7 that was first identified in the United Kingdom, the B.1.351 first detected in South Africa, and the P.1 variant from Brazil as well as two variants first identified in California.

The start of the baseball season was affected by the coronavirus pandemic as the New York Mets’ opening game against the Washington Nationals was postponed Thursday after at least one player on the Nationals tested positive while several others were isolated after having been in close contact with that player.

More states are opening up coronavirus vaccinations to additional groups of people.  Maine will open up vaccinations to anyone 16 years of age or older Wednesday, while Virginia will do so on April 19.  Currently in Maine, approximately 35% of the adult population has received at least one shot while 16% has received two.

Dr. Michael Bennett, one of two physicians in Greenfield, Missouri, and a vigorous advocate of social distancing and masking in his town despite resistance from some of the townsfolk, died at the age of 52 from Covid-19.

The White House is asking state governors to instill confidence in the Johnson & Johnson Jannsen vaccine in their states.  White House aides asked staff members at various state houses to ask their respective governors to be vaccinated with the Jannset vaccine.  Governors J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, Steve Sisolak of Nevada, Tim Walz of Minnesota, Ralph Northam of Virginia and Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma are among those who have received the Jannsen shot since mid-March.

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