Worried Thanksgiving in the US
In the midst of the worsening corona crisis, people in the USA celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday. For the first time, the CDC had urgently advised citizens against the usual trips across the United States to visit family members, but millions of US citizens were not deterred. Newly-elected President Joe Biden called for unity: “We will get through this together, even if we have to be apart.”
There is great concern that Thanksgiving will further accelerate the spread of the coronavirus. On Wednesday evening, the highest number of corona deaths in the US was registered in half a year. According to the Johns Hopkins University, 2,439 people died within 24 hours of being infected with Sars-CoV-2. A total of 262,080 deaths had been recorded by Wednesday evening, the university said. The number of cases of infection rose by almost 200,000 to a total of more than 12.7 million.
Thanksgiving is the most important holiday in the United States. Millions of people from all parts of the country travel to the traditional festival with family and friends, where mostly stuffed turkey with cranberry sauce is served.
In view of the urgent warnings, many did not want to take part in large-scale celebrations this year, but they did not want to let this be entirely removed. At the weekend, the airports in many metropolises were more full than ever since the beginning of the pandemic.