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TSA on Friday screened 1,580,785 people across U.S. airports, a record high since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The numbers come one day after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky said that while the agency now says fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk, the CDC is still not recommending nonessential travel due to the rise in virus cases, NPR reports.

The big picture: TSA has been reporting more than 1 million daily screened passengers since March 11.

  • Mark Howell, a TSA spokesperson, told Axios the increase is thanks to spring break.

Yes, but: "It's too early to say travel is back. After all, TSA's screening numbers still pale in comparison to pre-pandemic passenger levels," CBS News writes.

What they're saying: The agency is preparing for an increase in travel during the summer months, Howell told Axios.

  • TSA in February said it was looking to hire 6,000 new officers by this summer.
  • While the agency is expecting a potential increase in travel, they do not know whether the summer numbers will hit pre-pandemic levels.

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Updated CDC guidance says vaccinated people are free to travel

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Fully vaccinated people can travel domestically and internationally without having to show a negative COVID-19 test or quarantining, but are still recommended to wear a mask and follow public health precautions, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: It's a major incentive for Americans to get vaccinated that will also provide a boost to the U.S. travel industry, which has been financially hammered by the pandemic over the past year.

Treasury sanctions cryptocurrency exchange over ransomware transactions

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen during a congressional hearing in June 2021. Photo: Greg Nash/The Hill/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Department of the Treasury announced Tuesday it will sanction cryptocurrency exchange SUEX for allegedly facilitating financial transactions for multiple ransomware actors.

Why it matters: The sanctions, the first against a cryptocurrency exchange platform, are a part of the Biden administration's crackdown on ransomware in response to several high-profile cyberattacks this year.