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TSA reports highest daily travel numbers in year despite COVID-19 variant worries

TSA reports highest daily travel numbers in year despite COVID-19 variant worries

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March 14 (UPI) -- The Transportation Security Administration screened the most passengers in a single day since last year at the end of last week as spring break travel continues despite warnings from health officials. On Friday the TSA screened 1,357,111 travelers, the most since March 15, 2020, less than a week after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Advertisement The TSA reported its lowest travel volume of just 87,500 passengers on April 14, 2020, and air travel in 2020 fell 60% overall from the previous year to 324 million. The record in air travel came just a day before the United States administered 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, fulfilling President Joe Biden's pledge to reach the milestone before the end of his first 100 days in office. However, th...
Covid Brazil variant ‘may spread more easily’

Covid Brazil variant ‘may spread more easily’

Health
Getty ImagesThe Brazil coronavirus variant now found in the UK appears more contagious and may evade immunity provided by past infection, scientists say.Experiences from Manaus - the Amazonian city hit hard by the P.1 variant - suggest it could be up to twice as transmissible as earlier Covid there, the first detailed study suggests.The preliminary work puts the chance of reinfection at between 25% and 60%.But experts say this should not be used to predict what may happen in the UK. Brazil 'variant of concern' found in UKHow worrying is the Brazil variant?Indeed, one of the lead researchers said it was unlikely P.1 would quickly take off in Britain when only six cases had been identified and these were being closely monitored. Infectious diseases expert Prof Ester Sabino, from the Univers...
South Africa coronavirus variant: 77 cases found in UK

South Africa coronavirus variant: 77 cases found in UK

Health
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Japan suspends international air travel in response to new virus variant

Japan suspends international air travel in response to new virus variant

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Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Japan clamped down on international visits by non-resident foreign nationals until the end of January in response to the spread of a new more virulent variant of the coronavirus that has sickened people in 20 countries. "They say that no evidence is showing the vaccines that are already being administered overseas are not effective against this variant, and anti-infection steps for it are unchanged from those for the conventional virus," Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday, urging residents to have a "calm" New Year celebration. "The virus recognizes no year-end or New Year holidays," Suga added. Advertisement New travel rules will require Japanese citizens and foreign residents traveling from countries where the variant has been found to submit negative virus test ...