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Politics Biden to discuss coronavirus response as Thanksgiving holiday nears

13:40  25 november  2020
13:40  25 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Biden will speak in Wilmington as US records highest daily Covid deaths since May and 172,935 new cases. There were 172,935 new cases of coronavirus recorded yesterday, and 2,146 further deaths in We do know that Joe Biden will be giving a Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware.

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Joe Biden et al. standing in front of a building: President-elect Joe Biden stands with his nominees for his national security team in Wilmington, Delaware © Reuters/JOSHUA ROBERTS President-elect Joe Biden stands with his nominees for his national security team in Wilmington, Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will give a speech on Wednesday highlighting the challenges facing Americans as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and the nation faces a surge in coronavirus infections and a wave of unpopular health restrictions.

The address is meant to encourage Americans and focus on the sacrifices they are making during the holiday season, his office said, as officials across the country plead with Americans to stay at home and avoid large gatherings that can spread COVID-19.

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The Thanksgiving season now comes in the midst of recent good news about vaccine development, which some doctors and health officials hoped would serve as an incentive for people to take precautions against the virus.

Millions of Americans are already travelling home to celebrate Thanksgiving , despite warnings from health officials amid a significant wave of coronavirus cases and deaths. Normally we travel to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with our family. I'm sad I will not be able to see my grandma.

Biden, who introduced his foreign policy and national security team on Tuesday as he begins a formal transition to the White House after defeating Republican President Donald Trump, has promised to make fighting the pandemic his top priority in office.

The number of patients being treated for coronavirus infections in U.S. hospitals surpassed 86,000, an all-time high, on Tuesday. The death toll has passed 257,000. [L1N2IA1WD]

The soaring caseload has taxed healthcare providers and further strained medical resources as 171,000 Americans test positive and another 1,500 or more perish from COVID-19 every day, on average.

Not everyone appears to be heeding the warnings against travel. Millions of Americans have flocked to airports and highways in the days leading to Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday, leading to the busiest U.S. travel period since the early days of the pandemic in March, though well before pre-pandemic holiday levels.

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Biden, who plans to spend Thanksgiving at home in Delaware with a few family members, said on Tuesday his team has been able to coordinate with the Trump administration on the pandemic, vaccine distribution plans and national security since getting the green light on Monday for formal transition efforts.

The White House also gave the go-ahead for Biden to start receiving the president's daily intelligence briefing.

"It's been offered," Biden told reporters on Tuesday. "I did not have it today. We're going to do it on a regular basis."

Trump has waged a failing legal battle to overturn the election results, falsely claiming it was stolen through widespread voting fraud. Critics have said Trump's refusal to accept the results undercut Biden's ability to combat the coronavirus pandemic and deal with national security threats.

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An impassioned former Vice President Joe Biden hammered the president’s coronavirus response in a speech Wednesday, lambasting Donald Trump’s recent remarks suggesting that cases would go down if the country stopped testing.

The CDC is urging Americans not to travel and to celebrate the holidays with people living in their own home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus . Roger Dow, the president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, spoke with CBSN about how Americans can stay safe ahead of Thanksgiving .

He said the team, which includes trusted aide Antony Blinken as his nominee for U.S. secretary of state, would shed "old thinking and unchanged habits" in its approach to foreign relations.

"It's a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it, once again sit at the head of the table, ready to confront our adversaries and not reject our allies, ready to stand up for our values," Biden said at a news briefing in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden also signaled that two former, more liberal, rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, were not under consideration for Cabinet appointments, saying he needed their votes in the closely divided Senate.

Asked by NBC News about possibly nominating Sanders or Warren to his Cabinet, Biden said nothing was off the table but signaled they might be more needed in the Senate, where the party in power will govern by a razor-thin margin.

Two runoffs in Georgia on Jan. 5 will determine which party has a Senate majority. Democrats also saw their majority in the House of Representatives narrow in the Nov. 3 election.

"Taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, particularly a person of consequence, is really a difficult decision," Biden said. "I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda, and it's going to take really strong leaders in the House and Senate to get it done."

Trump has told allies he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. [L1N2IB04B]

The source said Trump could still change his mind on the planned pardon, which was first reported by Axios.

(Additional reporting by John Whitesides, Michael Martina, Susan Heavey; Editing by Scott Malone and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

Calais Campbell shares Ravens' concerns about COVID-19 .
A report on Thursday claimed some within the Baltimore Ravens organization are “rattled” by the team’s COVID-19 outbreak, and veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell has seemingly confirmed that. © Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Campbell is among the players who have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Ravens this week. While placement on that list does not necessarily mean a player has contracted the coronavirus, Campbell implied in a tweet on Friday that he has. He responded to some reports about Baltimore’s COVID-19 situation and said players “just want to contain this outbreak.

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