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Dark days: Experts fear the holidays will fuel the US crisis

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Posted at 12:25 PM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 15:25:54-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hard-hit California has eclipsed 2 million coronavirus cases as the U.S. heads into a Christmas travel surge that could fuel the deadly crisis across the nation.

Over 1.19 million travelers passed through the nation’s airport security checkpoints Wednesday. Airports also recorded around 1 million travelers on each of the five days between last Friday and Tuesday.

Deaths per day in the U.S. have repeatedly topped 3,000 over the past two weeks.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert, said he is particularly worried about travel between Christmas and New Year’s. Fauci, who turned 80 on Thursday, said he and his wife would be celebrating his birthday and the holidays with their children on Zoom.