The United States has registered greater than 12 million circumstances of COVID-19, as public well being specialists proceed to warning individuals to heed a warning to not travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving vacation.
As of Saturday afternoon, the US reported over 12.09 million circumstances of the coronavirus and greater than 255,000 deaths – the best totals of any nation on the planet, in accordance with Johns Hopkins University information.
The US has seen a surge in new infections, in addition to hospitalisations, in latest weeks as colder climate is forcing extra individuals indoors.
Authorities in a number of states have warned that healthcare methods may quickly be overwhelmed, as hospitalisations have greater than doubled for the reason that summer time months. As of Friday, greater than 82,000 individuals have been in hospital with the illness, the COVID Tracking Project mentioned.
With the November 26 Thanksgiving vacation quick approaching, state and nationwide officers have more and more warned in opposition to travelling.
On Saturday, seven governors of Midwestern states – Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan – launched a joint video message urging their residents to heed public well being recommendation and never have fun Thanksgiving with individuals exterior their households.
On Thursday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a “strong recommendation” to remain home on Thursday.
The company discouraged any gatherings with individuals who haven’t lived in the identical family for 14 days – the virus incubation interval.
However, many individuals look like ignoring that recommendation.
Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein tweeted that Friday was solely the second time for the reason that pandemic started that over a million travellers have been screened at airports throughout the nation.
Updated statistics: On Friday, Nov. 20, @TSAscreened 1,019,836 individuals at airport safety checkpoints nationwide. This is the 2nd time for the reason that pandemic passenger quantity has surpassed 1 million. https://t.co/rH5iMMfW0n #touring
— Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) November 21, 2020
A spate of latest restrictions have been put in place to reply to the surge in COVID-19 circumstances.
On Saturday, California will start imposing a curfew between 10pm and 5am native time (06:00 and 13:00 GMT), whereas New York City shut down faculties for 1.1 million college students earlier this week. Chicago – the third-largest metropolis within the nation – has been beneath stay-at-home orders since Monday.
The Associated Press information company reported on Saturday that Republican lawmakers in states the place the virus is surging, together with Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania, are resisting rules requiring them to put on masks in their very own authorities buildings.
Nearly 200 legislators nationwide have examined constructive for COVID-19 and 4 have died for the reason that pandemic started, the information company mentioned.
Crowds at Sky Harbor: The day after the CDC really useful individuals cancel their Thanksgiving travel plans, #azfamily viewer Ed Westerfield caught this scene of passengers ready at their gates pic.twitter.com/r9gIhWlbek
— Max Gorden (@Max_Gorden) November 21, 2020
Infections additionally proceed to have an effect on President Donald Trump’s inside circle, together with his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, asserting on Friday that he had examined constructive for COVID-19 and was in quarantine.
The Trump administration has been strongly criticised for its response to the pandemic.
On Monday, President-elect Joe Biden expressed frustration over Trump’s refusal to cooperate on the White House transition course of, saying “more people may die” of COVID-19 with out quick coordination to combat the virus.