US Centers for Disease Control warns Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving
The US government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has urged Americans not to travel for Thankgiving to try and slow the number of coronavirus infections.
Dr Henry Walke, who is the government health body’s Covid-19 response manager said Thursday: ‘We’re seeing exponential growth in cases.
‘The opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time.’
Dr Walke’s advice is set to spark widespread travel cancellations in the coming weeks, ahead of the November 26 Thanksgiving celebrations.
Hard-hit airlines including United, American and Southwest have all reported a spike in cancellations in recent days amid predictions government officials would urge people to limit their Thanksgiving plans.
The holiday is the biggest annual event in the American calendar, and usually sees families travel from far afield to celebrate together. Some health officials have issued even starker warnings to try and discourage people from traveling.
They have said that a Thanksgiving trip could result in a Christmas funeral for anyone who catches coronavirus during a festive gathering.
The United States has so-far seen 11.558million coronavirus infections, and close to 251,000 Covid-19 deaths.
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