From Adam Martin
The United States added fewer newly reported cases of Covid-19 on Sunday than in previous days, following Thanksgiving, the busiest time to travel in the United States since the pandemic began.
The number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations across the country again reached a record high, according to the Covid follow-up project, with more than 93,000 admitted as of Sunday.
The nation reported 138,903 new cases on Sunday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. That’s less than 155,596 the day before and a record 205,557 reported on Friday. The figure on Sunday also fell from week to week, from 142,734 on November 22.
Ahead of Thanksgiving, the Covid Tracking project noted that the leave period is likely to affect data, with numbers potentially declining and then increasing as testing and reporting decrease and then catch up in the coming days.
Officials warned on Sunday that the situation would worsen over the next few weeks, with what Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Trump administration̵
The weekend after Thanksgiving met expectations that this would be the busiest time to travel in the United States since the pandemic, aided by the Clement Time and lower gasoline prices, which encourage some to drive instead of fly.
Nearly 50 million people are expected to travel during Thanksgiving, the AAA said, despite tightening local restrictions and warnings from federal health officials. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November 19 advised people not to travel on Thanksgiving.
New infections reported on Sunday totaled 13.4 million nationwide, with 266,875 dead, according to John Hopkins.
Worldwide, more than 62.74 million have been infected and nearly 1.46 million have died, according to data from John Hopkins.