The Financial Associated Press (Shanghai, editor Bian Chun) reported that due to bad weather conditions and a surge in cases of infection with the mutant strain of the new crown Omi Keron, the United States cancelled thousands of flights on Tuesday, marking the fifth consecutive day of large-scale cancellation of flights.
Delta Air Lines (NYSE:), the major US airline, said it expects to cancel more than 250 of the 4,133 scheduled flights on Tuesday, and said it is working to change routes and replace some aircraft. Alaska Air Group (NYSE:) cancelled 150 flights to and from Seattle and warned that there will be more cancellations and delays throughout the day.
As of 2 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, the United States has cancelled a total of 1,034 inbound and outbound flights, and 2,694 flights have been delayed.
American Airlines also cancelled more than 1,000 flights on Monday. Thousands of planes were grounded during the Christmas holiday weekend due to shortages of airlines due to COVID-19 infection and bad weather in parts of the United States. On Monday, snow in the Pacific Northwest caused the cancellation of more than 110 flights scheduled to land at Seattle-Tacoma Airport.
The surge in cases of new crown infections has led to the isolation of pilots and crew members and forced the cancellation of many flights. According to statistics, in the past 7 days, the average number of new cases in a single day in the United States has risen by 55% to more than 205,000.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of Tuesday (December 28) at 16:22 local time (December 29 at 5:22 am Beijing time), 543,928 people have been newly diagnosed in the United States in the past 24 hours ,, a new record on the day of placing an order; 3023 new deaths were added that day.
According to data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of the week of December 25, Omi Keron accounted for 58.6% of the COVID-19 cases in the United States that had undergone genetic sequencing, which was higher than the 22.5% estimated a week ago. .
The CDC on Monday shortened the recommended isolation period for asymptomatic infections from the previous 10 days to five days. This move may help airlines and other companies alleviate staff shortages.
Although the epidemic continues to disrupt air passenger transport, the CDC said on Tuesday that it currently does not consider recommending compulsory vaccination for domestic flights. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the agency strongly recommends that people get vaccinated, noting that people who have not been vaccinated are much more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19.
This is a response to the suggestion made the day before by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States. Fauci said on Monday that the federal government should seriously consider requiring passengers travelling on domestic flights to be vaccinated against the new crown.
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