Month: November 2020

IMPACT: Frontline grocery store worker surprised with vacation and donation made in her name

Meet Brenda Stroble, the “mama” of Giant Food’s with a huge heart for others.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — For months now, we’ve seen the work of everyday heroes in our community, wearing masks, shields and capes as they stock shelves to keep our families safe.

Brenda Stroble is one of them. She’s a fixture of her neighborhood working as a “Cash Office Lead” at Giant Food since 1984.

Stroble is leading a brand new team that opened a new store right as COVID-19 hit our area. When we met her, she thought WUSA9 was coming to talk about being on the frontlines during this pandemic.

“Morning Ms. Brenda, how are you?” WUSA9’s Lesli Foster asked. “We’re just trying to explain to people what it’s like for all of you who have been working so hard during this pandemic.”

But instead, our Impact team had a big surprise, for the “mama” of the store with a big heart.

“I have never met anybody like Brenda, in my whole life,” Giant manager Bill Randall said. “She makes it very happy to come to work every day.”

“The whole time that I’ve known her, she’s been always about someone else,” another coworker said about Stroble.

Foster asked Stroble what the best part of her daily job is. 

“Helping somebody in need, that is the best part about it,” she said. 

Then, Foster got to do something she’s always wanted to do

“Good morning, and attention shoppers,” Foster boomed over the loud speaker. “We have a special special celebration coming up today, in the floral section. So while you’re shopping in the aisles, if you could join us over in the floral section for just a moment. You won’t want to miss it.”

The pair walked over to the floral department where many of Stroble’s coworkers were waiting to surprise her, and celebrate her. 

“Oh, my God!” Stroble said, clearly shocked. “Oh, wow.”

Stroble calls her colleagues her family and in her free time she helps other families who are experiencing homelessness.

“You are a true servant leader in every way possible,” Foster said. 

Randall then made a special presentation. 

“We made a donation to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at $250 on your behalf,” he said to Stroble.

Stroble was also presented with a gift basket filled with her favorite things.

But that wasn’t the end of the surprises for this shero.

“We have some friends with visit Myrtle Beach that heard about you as well,” Foster said. “And they wanted us to give this to you.”

Foster handed Stroble an envelope, with a piece of paper inside that said: “You are a winner of a vacation in sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.”

“Oh my god!” Stroble exclaimed. “Thank you so much. Thank you, everybody. God bless you all. Thank you.”

“The big deal is that an entire community wanted to come together to say thank you for all that you’ve given,” Foster said. And our friends at visit Myrtle Beach hope that you

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Japan Debates Travel Campaign; Astra’s New Trial: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) —

As the coronavirus resurges in Japan, politicians and experts are growing more divided on the impact that a subsidy program encouraging people to travel is having on the spread of Covid-19. AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine looks like it’s headed for an additional global trial as the drugmaker tries to clear up uncertainty and confusion surrounding favorable results in its current study.

New infections in New York reached a seven-month high, while hospitalizations rose to their highest level since June. In Europe, the total number of cases in Germany topped 1 million, and the number of patients in intensive care rose to record levels. Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to do more to rein in the pandemic and called on Europe’s ski resorts to close.

Elsewhere, London will avoid the toughest coronavirus restrictions when England’s partial lockdown ends next week, the number of severely ill French patients in intensive care fell to the lowest level in more than three weeks. Argentines mourning the death of soccer icon Diego Maradona ignored virus restrictions.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 60.8 million; deaths top 1.4 millionBiden warns of ‘long, hard winter’ for virus in somber addressLondon avoids toughest curbs as Tories protestAirline claims that flying is safe stir doubts among expertsThe best and the worst places to be in the coronavirus eraCovid vaccine rush in China raises fears of booming black market

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chart, histogram: U.S. death toll tops 1,600 a day, highest since mid-May

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U.S. death toll tops 1,600 a day, highest since mid-May

Debate Erupts Over Japan Travel Campaign (10 a.m. HK)

As the coronavirus resurges in Japan, politicians and experts are growing more divided on the impact that a subsidy program encouraging people to travel is having on the spread of Covid-19.

The popular “Go To Travel” campaign, which discounts trips to boost regions hit hardest by a lack of tourists, is one of the government’s most prized projects for spurring the economy, and has been heavily backed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

U.K. Moves to Get Vaccine Approved Before EU (8:03 a.m. HK)

Health Secretary Matt Hancock asked the U.K. medical regulator to potentially bypass its European Union counterpart and approve the supply of AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid vaccine to speed its deployment.

AstraZeneca Eyes Extra Global Vaccine Trial (8:02 a.m. HK)

AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine looks like it’s headed for an additional global trial as the drugmaker tries to clear up uncertainty and confusion surrounding favorable results in its current study.

The company wants the new test to confirm the 90% efficacy rate that the shot showed in a portion of an existing trial, Chief Executive Officer Pascal Soriot said. It’s favoring that option rather than adding an arm to a separate study that’s already underway in the U.S.

California’s Positive-Test Rate Hits 6.1% (6:15 p.m. NY)

California reported 14,640 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total for the state to

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Media Alert: Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok launches the first in Asia tactile hotel reviews

SINGAPORE, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — IHG’s luxury boutique brand, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, celebrates the opening of its first property in South East Asia, with a multi-faceted campaign titled “Meet The Human Difference“. Driven by the brand’s passion for forging heartfelt human connections through thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered details, the campaign centres around two Thai creators’ unique experience of staying at Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok. “Reminiscence” by multidisciplinary artist, Torlarp Larpjaroensook, and “Blooming Wings” by jewellery designer, Supatchana Limwongse, encapsulate the personal and unscripted interactions with the Kimpton team. At the same time, the hotel’s bold and playful design and world-class dining offer an inspiring setting for these immersive hotel reviews.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:

Reminiscence by Torlarp Larpjaroensook (PRNewsfoto/IHG Hotels & Resorts)


Blooming Wings by Supatchana Limwongse (PRNewsfoto/IHG Hotels & Resorts)



Torlarp Larpjaroensook (PRNewsfoto/IHG Hotels & Resorts)

Meet Torlarp Larpjaroensook, Multidisciplinary Artist

“As an artist, my vision is to craft art using everyday objects around us and to portray seemingly ordinary objects in a different light, giving them new found value.

During my stay at Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, I met Chef Nui and chatted with him about my passion for art and upcycling. He surprised me the next day with a special dish that used every part of a coconut, a nod to our conversation. It may seem like a small detail, but it touched me and eventually inspired my piece.

Bringing together ordinary ingredients to create art — I linked the idea of using everyday cooking or serving objects such as pans, containers, or bowls to create something extraordinary.

This sculpture not only reflects my art philosophy, but also aims to connect people with a shared passion for creative reuse of material or ingredients to avoid waste and finding beauty in simple things.”


Supatchana Limwongse (PRNewsfoto/IHG Hotels & Resorts)

Meet Supatchana Limwongse, Jewellery Designer, andFounder and Design Director of Jewellery Brand La Orr

“As a jewellery designer, I try to reinterpret Thai traditional culture into everyday pieces. For me, accessories can not only be eye-catching, but also tell a story when you look at it.

Kinnaree was a Thai fairy tale that my parents told me as a bedtime story when I was young. It was the story that bartender Lolo and I bonded over during our chat at Ms.Jigger. To me, Kinnaree represents happiness, and it echoed how I felt when Lolo gave the book to me as a gift.

The piece I created is an interpretation of the fairy tale inspired by the tale’s four key element— bird, woman, forest, and flower. The creation weaves in all these aspects — from texture, form and colour, to the feelings put forth by my imagination. The main material is Thai silk, styled in an airy, feather-like texture, and then combined with a dynamic metal shape, similar to flying wings.

My vision was to mimic how Kinnaree lived in a peaceful and abundant forest, much like how my jewellery will stay at Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok.”

Meet The Human Difference at Kimpton Maa-Lai

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Millions of Americans travel for Thanksgiving, against advice of public health officials

Americans, millions of whom traveled against the advice of public health officials, tried to stay safe before they hunkered down with their families for Thanksgiving, a holiday remade by the pandemic as case numbers and death tolls rise.

Lily Roberts, 19, said she got tested for COVID-19 at San Francisco International Airport before driving home to Marin County in Northern California.

“I’m not worried about it because I’m not at risk,” Roberts said. “However, I do follow the rules and the precautions because of my parents. That’s why I’m getting tested because I do not want to bring it into my home.”

Thanksgiving travel traditionally comes with highs and lows but it’s even more fraught this year as travelers attempt to social distance while navigating crowds.

Lexi Cusano, 23, said Wednesday she encountered people standing too close in airport terminals, some not wearing masks or wearing them improperly, on her way from Miami to Hartford, Connecticut.

“It was just a little bit overwhelming and very shocking to me that people were just — you couldn’t move in a 6-foot radius without hitting someone or breathing in with a person next to you,” she said. “It was just a little bit crazy.”

She said travelers didn’t act any safer on the plane.

“People were just hanging out without their masks on,” said Cusano, who recently took a job in Miami. “I saw them walking back and forth from the bathroom, down the aisles, with no mask on, and I was like, this is a little bit ridiculous now.”

“You know, the main fear people have usually going on planes is: ‘Are we going to crash?’” she added. “But today, it was more like, ‘I’m breathing in the same air that’s been circulating in here and people are just being very irresponsible.’ So that was the main horror.”

Things appeared a bit cramped to Juan Mojuta who flew Wednesday night to Wilmington, North Carolina, from Arizona.

“The first flight was very claustrophobic,” Mojuta told WWAY-TV. “A lot of people. Very gathered. But the second flight wasn’t as bad.”

More than 12.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with the virus since the pandemic’s start earlier this year and deaths have topped 262,200, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Data shows the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. rose over the past two weeks from 127,487 on Nov. 11 to 175,809 on Thursday. The seven-day rolling average for daily new deaths rose from 1,044 to 1,658 over that time.

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving, despite warning and pleas from elected and health officials in a number of states to stay home and keep holiday gatherings smaller than usual.

Cusano said she got tested at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut after landing and was told to expect results in two to three days.

Regardless of her test results, she said she plans to quarantine in Connecticut for a month or two to make sure

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What it’s like to visit right now

I’m sitting on a lounger at a Maldivian resort’s overwater restaurant taking in views of the glimmering Arabian Sea, but I feel uneasy.

a blue and white boat sitting next to a body of water: Soneva Fushi - 1 Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide

Soneva Fushi – 1 Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide

I’m not wearing a mask, nor are the other guests, or staff.

Not that there’s a need to: everyone on the palm-fringed private island of Soneva Fushi has been tested for Covid-19 upon arrival, then quarantined in their own villa until they receive fresh negative results.

I’m able to roam the island freely and defy the six-feet minimum social distance measures the world’s been accustomed to since the beginning of 2020.

For just a few days in this Indian Ocean paradise, things feel back to normal in a wildly abnormal year — but this shift takes some getting used to.

Maldives: Now open to all

The Maldives is one of the few holiday destinations open to international tourists right now — Americans included.

The 1,200-island nation reopened its borders in July with no testing or quarantine mandates, then changed course in September to require negative Covid-19 test results for all incoming travelers (96 hours before departure). An online Traveler Health Declaration form also needs to be completed 24 hours before take-off.

Statistically, the Maldives has got its coronavirus situation under control, with under 13,000 cases and 46 total deaths since the pandemic began. It was declared a “safe destination” by the World Travel and Tourism Council on September 15.

Like all countries heavily reliant on tourism, it’s been hit hard by the crisis. According to the World Bank, tourism directly and indirectly accounts for two-thirds of the country’s GDP.

The industry flourished in 2019 as visitor arrivals grew by 14.7% (year on year), with total arrivals reaching a record 1.7 million. Officials were hoping they’d hit 2 million arrivals this year.

In a statement issued in May, Ali Waheed, the country’s minister for tourism, described the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as “more devastating than the 2004 tsunami and the 2008 global financial crisis.”

a person wearing a costume: Writer Travis Levius flew with Qatar Airways, one of a dozen or so airlines offering flights to the Maldives right now. Face sheilds and masks are mandatory while boarding.

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Writer Travis Levius flew with Qatar Airways, one of a dozen or so airlines offering flights to the Maldives right now. Face sheilds and masks are mandatory while boarding.

Therefore, it’s not surprising it was among the first countries to reopen.

My journey began at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport, where I boarded a Qatar Airways flight — it’s one of a dozen or so airlines now servicing the Maldives capital, Male.

While the Maldives has a set of rules for entry, Qatar Airways has its own, too: passengers departing from any high-risk country — including the United States, Brazil, India and the Philippines — must present a PCR Covid-negative test at check-in.

Anthony Thomas standing in front of a building: "The Maldives offers a golden opportunity to feel ordinary again," says Levius, who's clearly impressed by his temporary Soneva Fushi home.

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“The Maldives offers a golden opportunity to feel ordinary again,” says Levius, who’s clearly impressed by his temporary Soneva Fushi home.

Note the emphasis on “PCR”: I’ve seen would-be passengers at JFK denied boarding passes because they provided a rapid

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Trump maintains election fraud, pledges travel to Georgia in first presser since election

President Donald Trump took questions from reporters Thursday for the first time since he lost the presidential election, continuing to declare the results fraudulent and saying he would travel to Georgia to help the two GOP candidates in the Senate runoffs there.

a statue of Donald Trump: President Donald Trump speaks with reporters after participating in a video teleconference call with members of the military on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters after participating in a video teleconference call with members of the military on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Asked about his plans for his last Thanksgiving in the White House, Trump said you “can’t say what’s first or last,” adding it might be the “first one of a second term.”

“It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede,” the president said, repeating a number of baseless claims about the election results. “This was a massive fraud,” he maintained.

Of the electoral college formalizing President-elect Joe Biden’s win, Trump said: “If they do, they made a mistake.”

Speaking after holding a teleconference with members of the armed forces overseas for the traditional presidential Thanksgiving message, Trump warned that “the Biden administration … wants to get rid of ‘America First,’” referring to his own approach to foreign relations. The president also touted increases in military spending pushed by his administration in the last four years, according to pool reports.

Trump’s remarks were a stark departure from public Thanksgiving messages delivered by previous presidents, as well as from Biden’s Thanksgiving message delivered earlier Thursday, where the president-elect stressed the need to heal the nation’s division.

Video: Biden responds to Trump’s continued legal battles over election results (USA TODAY)

Biden responds to Trump’s continued legal battles over election results



Trump condemned his successor for moving forward with the presidential transfer of power, saying: “I don’t think it’s right he’s trying to pick a Cabinet.”

“Don’t let Biden take credit for the vaccine,” the president repeatedly stressed, while defending his administration’s much-criticized response to the coronavirus pandemic.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Trump, who has kept a low profile since the election some three weeks ago, was expected to travel to Georgia next Saturday, Dec. 5.

The president continued to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the state’s election system, having previously claimed without evidence widespread fraud in the presidential election there. “I’m very worried about that,” Trump said. “You have a fraudulent system.”

“I think it’s very dangerous for the two people,” he said of David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler, the Republican senators contesting the two runoff elections that could tip the balance of the Senate. He then baselessly called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who has defended the state’s election process, an “enemy of the people.”

The vast majority of the Trump campaign’s election challenges in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have been thrown out of court.

Responding to a question if he would willingly leave the White House at the time of a formal handover, the president replied, “Certainly I will,

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Trump says he travel to suuport Loeffler, Perdue

President Donald Trump said Thursday he will travel to Georgia to support the state’s Republican Senate candidates ahead of the January 5 runoff election.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks with reporters after participating in a video teleconference call with members of the military on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters after participating in a video teleconference call with members of the military on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

“Speaking of Georgia, I’ll be going there,” the President said after his Thanksgiving video teleconference call with US service members, as he baselessly railed against the integrity of the state’s election results.

White House press secretary Judd Deere said the President’s visit is scheduled for Saturday, December 5.

“Maybe I’ll go twice,” Trump said at one point, noting that he’d love to do it in a stadium, “But you can’t, because of Covid.”

Georgia is holding runoff elections for both of its US Senate seats. If either of the incumbent Republicans, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, hold onto their seats, the party will maintain its majority control in the chamber.

If Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock both prevail, however, Democrats would gain control of the Senate thanks to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote.

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His father broke with the GOP to impeach Nixon. Now he’s calling out Republicans’ silence



“Don’t be disappointed yet,” Trump said, “cause this race is far from over.”

The President’s comments punctuated a rambling news conference in which he pushed more unfounded voter fraud conspiracy theories and continued to deny his election loss. The spectacle came directly after his call with troops — an event US Presidents traditionally use to boost morale of service members stationed abroad during the holidays and remind the country of their service.

“Many of you are very far from home, but today, we hope you know that millions of American families are praying with gratitude for the sacrifices you make and the incredible, absolutely incredible, job you do,” Trump said as he began the call.”

The country, he added, “is doing very well. It’s the highest honor of my life to serve as your commander in chief.”

Trump spoke with six units representing each US military branch, including the Space Force, which he said holds a “special place in my heart.”

“Thank you all, have a great Thanksgiving, and don’t eat too much turkey,” he said as he concluded the call.

President-elect Joe Biden tweeted that he spent the afternoon on video calls with frontline workers.

“Jill and I were honored today to talk to some of the heroes on the front lines of this crisis,” Biden said. “We’re thankful today and every day for the nurses and firefighters who sacrifice so much to keep our communities safe. We see the very best of America in your courage and selflessness.”

In 2017 and 2018, Trump held his Thanksgiving call with troops from his Mar-a-Lago resort

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Despite coronavirus issues, Ohio State football practiced Thursday and still plans to travel to Illinois

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Whatever coronavirus issues Ohio State football is dealing with have not shut down preparations for Saturday’s game at Illinois.

The Buckeyes practiced as scheduled on Thursday, though it was unclear if the structure of that workout had to be altered due to the reported increase in COVID-19 cases within the program. One source told the positive tests, or associated isolation due to contact tracing, are affecting players, coaches and support staff.

Ohio State did publish a series of photos from Thursday’s practice on Twitter. Players showcased as attending practice included quarterback Justin Fields and offensive linemen Josh Myers, Thayer Munford and Nicholas Petit-Frere.

Another photo showed coach Ryan Day holding the Illibuck trophy that will be at stake in Saturday’s game. A video about the team meal featured starting linebacker Baron Browning. Another video featured starting defensive end Jonathon Cooper.

Reports first surfaced Thursday evening about an increase in positive tests within the program. Ohio State has not confirmed anything, other than Thursday’s practice occurring and Friday’s travel plans remaining intact.

Ohio State typically releases a status report on Friday mornings at approximately 10 a.m. That report does not differentiate between injury, illness or disciplinary absences. Due to the daily COVID-19 testing throughout the Big Ten, that report has also been more fluid than usual because new absences could pop up after the report comes out.

In other words, what the team releases Friday, if anything, may be a best-case scenario regarding its roster for Saturday’s game.

Any players who tested positive will be unable to play in any of the final three regular-season games, per the Big Ten’s policy mandating 21 days out of competition. After the Illinois game, Ohio State is scheduled to play at Michigan State on Dec. 5 and at home against Michigan on Dec. 12. The Big Ten championship game follows on Dec. 19.

It is also important to remember that, depending on testing thresholds, Ohio State could reach a point where whether it plays or practices is out of its control.

Per Big Ten protocols, teams experiencing cases among more than 5% of team members and more than 7.5% of the program “population” — a combination of players, coaches, managers, trainers and other staff — must halt operations. Any canceled games cannot be made up. Ohio State already missed one game due to Maryland’s outbreak.

Positive tests in the 2.5-5% range for a team and 3.5-7.5% for the population mean a program must alter its practice and meeting schedule and “consider viability of continuing with scheduled competition.”

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TSA: Thanksgiving eve passenger numbers high, but less than 2020

A spokesperson for the TSA also said that Wednesday numbers of passengers screened at checkpoints nationwide were at the highest volume since mid-March.

The Transportation Security Administration said early Thursday that Thanksgiving eve passenger numbers at checkpoints across the United States were at just under half of what they were on Thanksgiving eve last year.

As the pandemic slows air travel around the globe, additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seems to have possibly made holiday travelers hesitate even more this year before taking a flight.

Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, the CDC recommended that people reconsider travel this year and avoid large gatherings of 10 or more.

TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein announced that as of Thanksgiving eve, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the TSA had screened 1,070,967 people at checkpoints nationwide. That number comes in at less than half that of last year when, according to the TSA, 2,602,631 people were screened at checkpoints across the country on Thanksgiving eve. 

Despite this, 2020’s Thanksgiving eve passenger numbers were still at the highest volume since March 16, according to the TSA. The agency noted that this is only the 4th time that passenger numbers this year have topped 1 million since March 16.

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TSA records Thanksgiving travel spike in spite of coronavirus risks

The Transportation and Security Administration announced its highest daily screening volume since March on Wednesday.

Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman, wrote on Twitter that more than 1 million people traveled through TSA checkpoints on Wednesday, the highest recorded volume since March 16.

“JUST IN: Yesterday, Wednesday, Nov. 25, @TSA screened 1,070,967 people at checkpoints nationwide,” Farbstein wrote. “It’s the highest volume since March 16 and only the 4th time passenger throughput has topped 1 million since that date. Last year 2,602,631 people were screened on Thanksgiving eve.”

Although the number of screened travelers accounts for the highest volume since March, it still pales in comparison to the more than 2,600,000 people who traveled on the same date in 2019.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised against travel during the holiday season.

“Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu,” the CDC said.

Last weekend, the TSA screened more than 3 million travelers. Over the same three-day stretch in 2019, the TSA checked an average of 2,355,435 people.

“More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days,” the CDC wrote in a statement issued last Thursday, a week before Thanksgiving. “As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.”

Close to 13 million people have tested positive for the virus in the U.S., and more than 260,000 have died from complications arising from the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker.

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