Transportation Security Administration data shows that fewer than 100,000 people at airports around the U.S. were screened on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Since the first U.S. case of the new coronavirus was reported on Jan. 20 in Washington state, more than 460,000 people have been diagnosed, with clusters around New York City, Seattle and in California. At least 16,500 people have lost their lives. American health officials have identified multiple people with Covid-19, as the infection is called, without known ties to other outbreaks or patients—a sign the virus is transmitting person-to-person. A lack of testing has hamstrung health workers’ efforts to track the infection.
As cases in the U.S. continue to increase, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered New Yorkers on March 20 to stay at home for the foreseeable future, the U.S. implemented travel restrictions on flights from Europe and markets have plummeted.
The number of tests performed by each state has varied greatly. As one of the first sources of the outbreak in the U.S., Washington state began widespread testing relatively early. Recently, New York state significantly increased testing, with more than 15,000 additional tests reported on March 23.
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