By Adam Martin
The U.S. added fewer newly reported Covid-19 cases Sunday than in previous days after a Thanksgiving holiday, which was the busiest travel period in the U.S. since the pandemic began.
The number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations hit a record high again, according to the Covid Tracking Project, with more than 93,000 hospitalized as of Sunday.
The nation reported 138,903 new cases to Sunday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. It is down from 155,596 a day before, and a record high of 205,557 reported on Friday. Sunday’s numbers were also down from week to week, down from 142,734 on November 22nd.
Before Thanksgiving, the Covid Tracking Project noted that the holiday season would likely impact data, with the number potentially declining and then increasing as testing and reporting decline and then catching up in the following days.
Officials warned 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 it would be the busiest travel period in the United States since the pandemic began, aided by climate weather and lower gas prices that encouraged some to drive instead of fly.
Nearly 50 million people were expected to have made a trip during the Thanksgiving holiday, AAA said, despite tightening local squeeze and warnings from federal health officials. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Nov. 19 advised people not to travel over Thanksgiving.
Sunday’s recently reported infections bring the country’s total to nearly 13.4 million with 266,875 dead, according to Johns Hopkins data.
Worldwide, more than 62.74 million have been infected and nearly 1.46 million have died, Johns Hopkins data shows.