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TSA screens highest number of travelers since mid-March

More than 1.28 million passengers were screened by Transportation Security Administration workers at U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest daily number since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.

The TSA said 1,284,599 people were screened, down about 50 percent from the number of travelers who passed through security on Dec. 27, 2019, Reuters reported Monday. Public health officials urged people to stay home for the holidays in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, but airports have been recording a surge in passengers — over six of the last 10 days, the TSA screened more than 1 million people daily.

As of Sunday, there have been more than 19 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, and the death toll has topped 334,000.