The United States has recorded the highest number of corona deaths per day in six months, on the eve of Thanksgiving. According to data from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, more than 2,400 people died from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The US has suffered a total of 262,090 deaths so far as a result of the corona epidemic. At least 12.7 million people have already been infected with the lung virus. In absolute numbers, no other country has been hit so hard by the pandemic.
Earlier this month, the numbers of new infections per day in the US reached new records, as did the numbers of corona-related hospital admissions.
On the eve of the American holiday of Thanksgiving, fewer Americans now seemed to be on their way to family. In recent days, concerns in the US have increased due to images of busy airports.
In the past week, some million passengers a day traveled by plane, with the largest number last Sunday. Since the outbreak in March, it hasn’t happened that so many people took a plane in one day within the US.
Joe Biden: ‘Don’t give in to fatigue’
President-elect Joe Biden, in his Thanksgiving speech, urged Americans to comply with the measures. “There is real hope, tangible hope. So hold on. Don’t give in to the fatigue,” said Biden. “You will get your lives back. Life will return to normal. It will. This will not last forever.”
Top American immunologist Anthony Fauci had already called on Americans in mid-October to skip Thanksgiving this year. “Unfortunately, it is a risk if you meet with visitors from elsewhere,” said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “It’s unfortunate because the Thanksgiving family gathering is an important part of the American tradition.”
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States and Canada that traditionally gives thanks for the harvest, but now it is meant for all the good in life. Normally, the party, which in the US always falls on the fourth Thursday in November, is celebrated with the whole family and usually covers great distances.