Researchers from the United States noted that during the lockdown, the number of requests for unidentified objects increased by 51%. The National UFO Data Center notes that so many calls have never been received.
Data from the non-profit National UFO Data Center, which records events related to the detection of unidentified flying objects, showed that the number of hits in the first half of 2020 increased by 51%. The Wall Street Journal reported.
Of the 5,000 cases recorded in 2020, 20% occurred in April – this period also accounted for the largest number of coronavirus cases in the United States. Peter Davenport, 72, who has led the organization since 1994, says their organization has never received so many calls.
The company noted that they receive hundreds of hits through the website and answer 25-50 calls a day.
In August, the Pentagon announced the formation of a new task force led by the US Navy to investigate UFO incidents. First Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norkvist will oversee the project. The official announcement of the formation of such a group will follow in a few days, CNN notes.
The US Navy has studied UFO encounters in the past, as their aircraft and aircraft carriers were involved in many cases. The US military has been studying UFO sightings since the mid-20th century, with the last such program operating from 2007 to 2012.