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Joe Biden delivers an optimistic Thanksgiving address to the nation


President-elect Joe Biden delivered an optimistic Thanksgiving address on Wednesday just minutes after President Donald Trump put a call into a hearing in Pennsylvania in which he again denied the election results.

Biden said he believed "this dark time of division and demonization will give way to a year of light and oneness" and he talked about love and what to be thankful for after almost all of 2020 of COVID-19 Crisis was overwhelmed.

"We don't talk too much about love in our politics," said the president-elect. & # 39; The public arena is too loud, too angry, too hot. Loving our neighbors like ourselves is a radical act, but we are called to do so. "

Part of that, he pleaded, is to have scaled-down Thanksgiving celebrations this year as the coronavirus continues to rise.

"This year we ask Americans to abandon many of the traditions that have long made this holiday special," he said. "Our family has a tradition of more than 40 years of traveling for Thanksgiving, a tradition we have continued every year except for one – the year after our son Beau passed away."

"But we're staying home this year," said Biden.

Biden's plea came when daily deaths from COVID-19 in the US topped 2,100 for the first time since May, as millions of Americans continue to ignore the CDC tour guide and dire warnings from health professionals that Thanksgiving is the "mother of all super-spreader events." " could be. .

Biden encouraged Americans to continue to wear masks and follow the rules of social distancing. He later tweeted, "Don't let yourself get tired. America will not lose the war on this virus. We will get our lives back. Life will be normal again. I promise."

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President-elect Joe Biden gave a Thanksgiving address on Wednesday speaking about love and sacrificing the holiday for the good of others as coronavirus cases rise

President-elect Joe Biden holds up a mask as he talks about the coronavirus crisis and how Americans can responsibly celebrate Thanksgiving

President-elect Joe Biden holds up a mask as he talks about the coronavirus crisis and how Americans can responsibly celebrate Thanksgiving

The daily death toll across the country rose to 2,146 yesterday, the highest number of deaths per day since May 8, during the virus' first peak. Nine states, including North Dakota, Ohio, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oregon, Maine, and Alaska, reported record deaths yesterday.

Health officials have been warning for weeks that deaths, which are a trailing indicator, would rise after the number of cases and hospitalizations began to rise in late September.

172,935 new cases were registered yesterday alone, and the number of infections has been consistently above 100,000 per day for the past three weeks.

88,000 patients are currently being treated in hospitals nationwide. The U.S. has repeatedly set daily records for the number of hospitalizations over the past month, and 30 of the 50 states reported a record number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in November alone.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS GROUP: The President-elect (center left) said he would be spending the vacation with his wife Jill (center right), daughter Ashley (left) and her husband Howard Krien (right).

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS GROUP: The President-elect (center left) said he would be spending the vacation with his wife Jill (center right), daughter Ashley (left) and husband Howard Krien (right).

Despite the devastating numbers and the fact that hospitals in parts of the country are already overwhelmed, the death toll is only expected to rise by millions who defy official warnings and travel for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the U.S. is already in the middle of a surge and that the real impact of Thanksgiving trips and gatherings won't be visible for three weeks, when infections and hospital stays could rise even further.

"It is possibly the mother of all superspreader events," said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, former White House medical team advisor, told CNN.

Biden will be staying in his second "home" for Thanksgiving – his house in Rehoboth Beach.

His motorcade drove towards the coast a few minutes after he finished his speech.

“We always had big family gatherings for Thanksgiving. Children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles and more, ”he said. "But this year, because we care so much about each other, we're going to have separate Thanksgivings."

"For Jill and me, we will be home in Delaware with our daughter and son-in-law," he continued.

Like his first home in Wilmington, Rehoboth Beach is in Delaware.

Americans are standing in line to get COVID-19 tests before Thanksgiving. The president-elect urged Americans to wear masks, stay socially distant and only celebrate the holidays in small groups

Americans are standing in line to get COVID-19 tests before Thanksgiving. The president-elect urged Americans to wear masks, stay socially distant and only celebrate the holidays in small groups

President-elect Joe Biden spoke at the Queen Theater in Wilmington on Wednesday with socially distant reporters as the main audience

President-elect Joe Biden spoke at the Queen Theater in Wilmington on Wednesday with socially distant reporters as the main audience

Biden began by speaking about the stress the pandemic has placed on the country.

& # 39; It divided us. Annoy us. And put us against each other, ”he said.

"I know the country has grown tired of fighting," he continued. "But we have to remember that we are at war with a virus – not with each other."

He asked the Americans to "steel our spikes, redouble our efforts and rededicate ourselves to the fight."

He asked people to wear masks, practice social distancing, and celebrate the holidays in smaller groups.

"None of the steps we are asking people to take are political statements," he said. "Each of them is based on science."

Biden promised his government would begin day one of dealing with the virus.

He also talked about how promising vaccine news meant there was light at the end of the tunnel.

& # 39; There is real hope, tangible hope. So wait "I know we can and we will defeat this virus. America will not lose this war."

“You will get your life back. Life is getting back to normal. That will happen. It won't last forever, ”he promised.

Biden turned to history and spoke of the struggles of previous generations.

"And what has brought America's reality closer to its promise of equality, justice and prosperity?" Asked Biden. & # 39; It was love. Plain and simple. Love for the country and love for each other. & # 39;

88,000 patients are currently being treated in hospitals nationwide. The US has repeatedly set daily records for the number of hospital stays in the past month, and 30 of the 50 states reported a record number of hospital stays related to COVID-19 in November

88,000 patients are currently being treated in hospitals nationwide. The U.S. has repeatedly set daily records for the number of hospitalizations over the past month, and 30 of the 50 states reported a record number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in November

The daily death toll across the country rose to 2,146 yesterday, the highest number of deaths per day since May 8, during the virus' first peak

172,935 new cases were registered yesterday alone, and the number of infections has been consistently well over 100,000 per day over the past three weeks

And since Biden is Biden, he dedicated part of the talk to combating grief.

"It's hard for so many of us to hear that this fight is not over yet and that we have months of this fight to go," he said. "And for those who have lost loved ones, I know this time of year is particularly difficult."

“Believe me, I know. I remember the first Thanksgiving Day, "he said, probably pointing to the aftermath of son Beau's death in 2015." The empty chair, the silence. It takes your breath away. It's hard to take care of. It's hard to say thank you. It's hard to look ahead. And it's so hard to hope "

"I see," said the president-elect.

As for thanks, the president-elect suggested "democracy itself".

& # 39; Our democracy was tested this year. And what we've learned is this: The people of this nation are up to the task, ”he said. "In America we have full, fair and free elections, and then we honor the results."

THANK YOU TRAVEL IN NUMBERS:

AIR:

That is estimated until next Sunday 6.3 million would have flown in the days before and after Thanksgiving, according to AAA forecasts and based on current numbers. Nearly a million people have traveled by plane every day since the CDC issued strict guidelines last week urging people to avoid travel.

DARE:

48 million Americans will be arriving by car between today and Sunday, says AAA.

TRAIN / BUS:

According to AAA forecasts, 350,000 will take the train between today and Sunday.

Minutes before Biden took the stage at the Queen Theater, Trump had called for a hearing organized by Republican legislators in Pennsylvania and told supporters who had gathered at a Gettysburg hotel without a mask that the election results would not stand.

"We have to turn the election," said Trump. "All we need is for a judge to hear it right."

The hearing was attended by a number of Pennsylvania witnesses, many of whom complained about their misunderstanding of the voting process.

The Trump campaign was still unable to provide evidence of widespread fraud that would reduce Biden's more than six million votes and the leadership of the electoral college.

"We should also be grateful that America is a covenant and a developing story," added Biden. "And this is our moment – our common – to write a newer, bolder and more compassionate chapter in the life of our nation."

Biden said his interpretation of choice was that people wanted "solutions, no shouting," "reason, no bipartisanship" and "light, no heat".

"You want us to hear each other again, to see each other again, and to respect each other again," he said. & # 39; You want us – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – come together and work together. & # 39;

"And that, my friends, is what I am determined to do," he promised.

He ended his gig on Wednesday trying to spice up the country.

& # 39; Americans dream big. And as difficult as it may seem on this Thanksgiving Day, we will dream big again. Our future is bright, ”he said. "Let us dream again on this Thanksgiving Day and in anticipation of all the coming Thanksgiving Day."

Nearly a million people have traveled by plane every day since the holiday travel season began last Friday – just a day after the CDC issued strict guidelines urging people to avoid travel. By next Sunday, according to forecasts by the AAA and based on current numbers, an estimated 6.3 million would have flown in the days before and after Thanksgiving.

AAA, which forecasts Thanksgiving travel every year, says 48 million Americans will travel by car and 350,000 by train between today and Sunday – a total of just 10 percent fewer than last year.

The warnings from public health officials and disregard for CDC tour guides across the country come because the death toll topped 260,000 and infections topped 12.6 million nationwide.

The US is currently the world leader with the highest number of deaths and cases, and Dr. Tatiana Prowell of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine said that all Thanksgiving trips will make sure "nobody gets us, either."

"The USA", each person for himself, is killing hundreds of thousands of us. Disastrous to look at, ”said Prowell.

Fauci issued one final plea ahead of the holidays, urging people to keep indoor gatherings as small as possible and to increase the wearing of masks and social distancing. He noted that there is already a spike and the US doesn't want another Thanksgiving surge that won't be fully visible for another three weeks.

"The final message is to do what we've been saying for a while … keep the indoor gatherings as small as possible," he told ABC's Good Morning America. “By making this sacrifice you are preventing people from becoming infected.

“The victim could save life and disease now, and make the future much brighter if we get through this … we'll get through this. Vaccines are right on the horizon. If we can just stick with it a little longer and keep doing simple damage control – masks, distancing, avoiding the crowds. This is my last request before the holidays. & # 39;

Fauci warned yesterday that the US could surpass 300,000 deaths by the end of the year if current developments continue.

How U.S. states and cities are countering Thanksgiving travel

New York City

In New York City, police officers will be "on duty" at checkpoints at bridges, tunnels and other key crossings to notify travelers of the state's quarantine requirements.

Travelers to New York are required to have a negative test prior to arrival and four days after traveling. If that's negative, you can end the quarantine.

The rules don't apply to neighboring states, and New Yorkers who are out of state for less than 24 hours are only required to have a coronavirus test within four days of their return to the state.

Testing and tracking tests are also being conducted in the city to help travelers comply with the rules, authorities said.

Those who break the rules can expect a fine of $ 2,000, added Mayor Bill de Blasio.

los Angeles

Los Angeles has introduced an online form asking air travelers to acknowledge having received a 14-day quarantine recommendation.

Quarantine is not a government requirement, however, and the CDC has already proposed reducing the quarantine period from the currently recommended two weeks to eight to ten days.

Chicago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduced a no-obligation 30-day stay-at-home counseling session when she advised residents to cancel Thanksgiving plans and stay home unless they have to go to work, school, or have essential needs To take care of.

Newark

Mayor Ras Baraka issued an order at home for ten days starting Wednesday to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the state's largest city.

Vermont

Governor Phil Scott remained concerned about Thanksgiving travel in Vermont on Tuesday when he requested that students be interviewed about their Thanksgiving plans before they can return to teaching in person.

He directed schools as students if they were part of an multi-family Thanksgiving festival and urged those who did so to switch to online learning for 14 days.

Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf announced that law enforcement would step up efforts to enforce the state's security plan requiring people from another state, whether Pennsylvania residents or not, to test negative for the virus within 72 hours of their arrival must be in the Commonwealth.

Governor Wolf not only admonishes residents not to attend large gatherings, but has also introduced a one-time suspension of alcohol sales for personal consumption in places like bars and restaurants. The shutdown begins on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan has introduced "High Visibility Compliance Units," which send state troops to patrol nearby bars, restaurants, and venues and to crack down on public gatherings.

New Mexico

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced in a Twitter post that the state would press "reset" and a nationwide stay-at-home order began on November 16 to prevent travel.

New Mexicans were instructed to seek refuge and stay home except for important travel. All non-essential and non-profit companies were forced to cease their personal activities.

Minnesota

Governor Tim Walz announced a general ban on social gatherings

"Unless expressly permitted in this Executive Ordinance, social gatherings are prohibited," says the Walz Executive Ordinance.

Oregon

Governor Kate Boren has also announced a two-week freeze on most activities and non-essential businesses across the state.

Washington

Governor Jay Inslee ordered a month-long ban on indoor services in restaurants and gyms and reduced retail capacity in the store to 25 percent.

Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer banned in-person high school and college classes and indoor dining for three weeks in hopes of keeping people home over Thanksgiving.

Rhode Island

Governor Gina Raimondo called for a two-week break with shop closings and reduced restaurant capacity. The hiatus will be reviewed on December 13 if the state can put another lockdown.

FALLS PER CAPITAL: States in the Midwest remain among the hardest hit countries in the country by cases and deaths per 100,000 people. North Dakota is still the worst hit with 158 cases per 100,000 people last week. Wyoming follows with 154 cases, New Mexico with 127 cases, South Dakota with 122 and Minnesota with 115 cases per capita

FALLS PER CAPITAL: States in the Midwest remain among the hardest hit countries in the country by cases and deaths per 100,000 people. North Dakota is still the worst hit with 158 cases per 100,000 people last week. Wyoming follows with 154 cases, New Mexico with 127 cases, South Dakota with 122 and Minnesota with 115 cases per capita

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