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CDC recommends against Americans travelling for Thanksgiving as Covid grips nation from coast to coast



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mericans have been advised against travelling for Thanksgiving as the number of people hospitalised with the virus in the US reached record levels this week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it is giving a “strong recommendation” for Americans not to travel to see family for the national holiday next Thursday.

CDC official Dr Henry Walke told reporters on a call 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”.

He said: “For Americans who decide to travel, CDC recommends doing so as safely as possible by following the same recommendations for everyday living.”  

It comes as the number of people in the hospital with Covid-19 in the US  doubled in the past month and set new records every day this week. As of Tuesday, nearly 77,000 were hospitalised with the virus.  

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in all 50 states with deaths are averaging more than 1,155 per day – the highest in months.  

New York City’s school system suspended in-person classes on Wednesday amid a mounting infection rate. 

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A UK government public health campaign is displayed in Piccadilly Circus

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Chinese paramilitary police and security officers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they stand guard outside an entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing

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A usually busy 42nd Street is seen nearly empty in New York

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Military vehicles cross Westminster Bridge after members of the 101 Logistic Brigade delivered a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas’ hospital

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View of the illuminated statue of Christ the Redeemer that reads “Thank you” as Archbishop of the city of Rio de Janeiro Dom Orani Tempesta performs a mass in honor of Act of Consecration of Brazil and tribute to medical workers amidst the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) pandemic

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An Indian man paddles his bicycle in front of a mural depicting the globe covered in a mask, as India remains under an unprecedented lockdown over the highly contagious coronavirus

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Aerial view of the empty 9 de Julio avenue in Buenos Aires in Argentina

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A view of an empty Grand Canal

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Aerial view of the empty Central cemetery in Bogota, Columbia

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The facade of the Palacio de Lopez (seat of the government palace)

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Aerial view of the empty Simon Bolivar park in Bogota

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An LAPD patrol car drives through Venice Beach Boardwalk

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Surfers Paradise is seen empty in Australia

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Many shops stand shuttered on the Venice Beach boardwalk

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Empty escalators are seen at a deserted train station during morning rush hour after New South Wales began shutting down non-essential businesses

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A nearly empty Times Square in New York

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Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador

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A general view of an unusually quiet Midland Park in Wellington, New Zealand

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A general view of an unusually quiet Civic Square at lunchtimein Wellington, New Zealand

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A policeman rides his motorcycle wearing a face mask in front of a closed shopping mall in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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The historic Channel 2 Bridge closed to fishermen, bikers and pedestrians in Florida Keys

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The Beach on Scenic Gulf Drive near Seascape Resort in south Walton County, Florida sits empty of tourists

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Surfers Paradise is seen empty in Australia

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A deserted Rajpath leading to India Gate in New Delhi

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A general view is seen of a closed Luna Park in Sydney, Australia

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A general view is seen of a closed Luna Park in Sydney, Australia

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Empty roads are pictured following the lockdown by the government amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Kathmandu, Nepal

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The empty pedestrian zone is seen in the city of Cologne, western Germany,

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Place de la Comedie in the city of Montpellier , southern France

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A building is covered by the Portuguese message: “Coronavirus: take precaution” over empty streets in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil,

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A general view shows an empty street after a curfew was imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Parliament of Canada is pictured with empty street during morning rush hour

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A near empty beach on Southend seafront in England

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Near empty Keswick town centre in Cumbria, England

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Texas is rushing thousands of additional medical staff to overworked hospitals as the number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients statewide accelerated toward 8,000 for the first time since a deadly summer outbreak.  

More than 5,400 extra medical personnel have been deployed around Texas by the state alone, said Lara Anton, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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In Idaho, doctors warned that hospitals have almost reached the point where they need to ration care, unable to treat everyone because there are not enough beds or staffers to go around.

“Never in my career did I think we would even contemplate the idea of rationing care in the United States of America,” said Dr Jim Souza, chief medical officer for St Luke’s Health System.

Additional reporting by Associated Press.