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Millions of Americans have traveled in recent days on the occasion of the Christmas holidays and despite calls from the authorities to avoid travel due to the threat posed by COVID-19.

On Wednesday, on the eve of Christmas Eve, almost 1.2 million people passed through the controls of the country’s airports, a record since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA, for its acronym). in English).

Until now, the largest number of travelers at airports had been on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Since last Friday, the TSA says it has counted more than 6 million passengers, a very small number compared to the same dates in previous years, but well above the usual during the coronavirus crisis.

In addition, around 81 million Americans are expected to drive these days by road, according to forecasts by the American Automobile Association (AAA), 25% less than in 2019.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended that citizens avoid travel during these holidays, at a time when coronavirus cases are skyrocketing in many areas of the country, although in general there are no restrictions.

Some states such as New York do impose quarantines on travelers, which have also been reinforced in the case of those arriving from the United Kingdom due to the concern generated by the new strain of the virus, apparently more contagious, detected in that country.

“We need people not to travel, but if they do, more to be very, very strict with the rules,” said the mayor of the Big Apple, Bill de Blasio, when announcing the new measures, which include controls by of the police in homes and hotels to ensure that travelers from the United Kingdom comply with the quarantine.

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The United States reached 18,409,666 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 325,539 deaths since the pandemic began, according to an independent tally from Johns Hopkins University.

In the last day, the balance left 3,254 more deaths than there were on Tuesday and 212,315 new infections.

The state of New York continues as the worst hit in the country by the pandemic with 36,876 deaths, followed by Texas (26,128), California (23,383), Florida (20,874) and New Jersey (18,466).

In terms of infections, California has 1,983,215, followed by Texas with 1,629,147, third is Florida with 1,234,399, Illinois is fourth with 918,070 and New York fifth with 878,702.

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