(PatrioticPost.com)- As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to sweep across the United States, the Transportation Security Administration just revealed how they screened barely more than 1.1 million people at American airports last Tuesday – the lowest number of people since April.
It’s a sign of just how many people are contacting the more contagious variant of COVID, and how seriously employers, professionals, and people traveling for leisure are taking the new strain.
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TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said that in April of last year there were days where the volume of people being screened by the TSA hovered at just above one million.
Farbstein also said that the number of people screened the following Sunday increased slightly to 1.6 million people, but that number was still the lowest since the beginning of September last year. It’s a clear indication that people are taking the infection seriously and changing their travel plans accordingly.
Farbstein released the information in a tweet, which you can see below:
JUST IN: @TSA screened 1,125,952 people at airport security checkpoints yesterday, Tuesday, Jan. 11. It was the lowest checkpoint volume since April 2021 when there was a string of days with volume hovering slightly above the 1 million mark.
— Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) January 12, 2022
The new variant of COVID reportedly accounts for roughly 95% of new cases, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control. Thankfully, however, it is known to be substantially less dangerous than the Alpha and Delta variants and patients report less serious symptoms that are similar to a common cold.
On Monday, the U.S. saw over 1.4 million new COVID cases, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, which is the greatest number of new cases in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic.