As the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. is getting worse, many health agencies and experts are calling on Americans to minimize or avoid gatherings and travel during the holidays and stay at home. On Thanksgiving Day in the United States on the 26th local time, current President Donald Trump routinely issued the annual Thanksgiving declaration at the White House, but ignored the warnings of many health experts and encouraged people to “get together” for the holiday.
The statement issued by the White House Press Secretary’s office on Wednesday night (25th) concluded: “I encourage all Americans to gather at home and places of worship.” Although presidential declarations on holidays are usually perfunctory statements from the White House, they are political or contain current affairs topics from time to time. This year’s announcement is also devoted to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 261,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 12.7 million people have been diagnosed with the virus, and the United States has set several new single-day hospitalization records. Public health officials warned that Thanksgiving family gatherings are usually held indoors and attended by multiple generations, which not only puts vulnerable people at risk, but may also become the “source of all super-spreading activities”. The CDC also recommends that people avoid Thanksgiving travel to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump reportedly routinely ignored public health warnings and hosted large groups at the White House with events deemed “super spreads”, including the president’s new Supreme Court Justice Amy Cone Barrett after testing positive for the coronavirus. y Barrett) ceremony.