PRESIDENT Donald Trump is encouraging Americans to gather on Thanksgiving – despite the widespread threat of the deadly coronavirus.
In a White House Thanksgiving proclamation released on Wednesday, the president’s annual note called for people to “gather” for the holiday.
President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on Wednesday encouraging Americans to ‘gather’ for Thanksgiving[/caption]
Trump is seen here during the annual turkey pardon at the White House on Tuesday [/caption]
But health officials throughout the US have warned against celebrating with a large group or traveling this holiday season out of fears such gatherings could turn into superspreader events.
Despite this, Trump’s proclamation reads: “I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings.”
As of Thanksgiving morning, more than 13million Covid cases and over 268,000 virus-related deaths have been reported in the US.
People across the country have been encouraged to stay home and celebrate Thanksgiving with just their household or immediate family.
But millions of Americans have still traveled, whether by car or plane, to visit loved ones throughout the US.
Health officials fear that gatherings across the states will contribute to an even bigger surge in Covid cases than the country is seeing right now.
Experts think Thanksgiving could be the “mother of all superspreader events” after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the vast majority of reported Covid-19 infections are missed.
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