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Bloomberg: Taxes, Trials and TSA Checkpoints Bog Down on Federal Sick Days

Across the country, the coronavirus surge that is claiming record numbers of victims is disrupting a federal civilian workforce of 2 million. That has delayed the processing of tax returns, drug approvals and even foreign travel by diplomats as workers call in sick, quarantine or stay home to care for ill family members.

The Federal Aviation Administration said traffic volumes at some airports could be reduced and flights delayed during busy periods because so many air traffic controllers have tested positive for the coronavirus, though there have been no widespread disruptions so far. 

“As we have done from the start of the pandemic, we continue to work with the FAA on protecting the health and safety of our frontline safety professionals,” Doug Church, deputy director of public affairs for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said in an email.

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