Millions travel ahead of Thanksgiving despite rising COVID-19 cases

Más del 90% de los habitantes de California deberá seguir el toque de queda nocturno

The United States recorded its 12 million COVID-19 cases on Saturday, even as millions of Americans were expected to travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, ignoring warnings from health officials about furthering the spread of the infectious disease.

Despite a record number of new Covid cases and the Centers for Disease Control recommending against traveling for Thanksgiving, Friday was the second busiest day at USA airports since the pandemic brought air travel to a near halt in March.

Restaurants may offer takeaway food and delivery services outside curfew hours.

Last week it overcame the barrier of a million confirmed cases of Covid-19, making it the second state to pass that mark, along with Texas.

The order affects 41 of California's 58 counties, where 94% of the state's population lives.

Approximately 40 million people live there, being the most populous state in the United States. The latest measures are not as strict as restrictions imposed between March and May, when all nonessential business and travel was prohibited.

"The data looks really bad right now", said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Friday.

Henry Walke said in a briefing on Thursday that there is "no more important time than now for each and every American to redouble our efforts to watch our distance, wash our hands and, most importantly, wear a mask", before advising that the "CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period". Let the Americans decide for themselves.

The president and President-elect Joe Biden have both said they are against imposing a national lockdown, and favour letting states come up with their own rules.

The task force said indoor gatherings should be limited over the next couple of weeks.

However, on Saturday, US media noted that Pence's wife, Karen, had sent an invitation to a "Christmas crafts" meeting at her home on December 9 for members of the Congress Club.

Those planning to fly should get tested 1 to 3 days prior to the flight and again 3 to 5 days after traveling, according to new agency guidance on worldwide air travel released late Saturday.



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