Millions travel ahead of Thanksgiving despite rising COVID-19 cases

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As the United States set a new record for COVID-19 cases on Friday - 196,815 infections in a day - Pfizer Inc said it would seek emergency-use authorization of its vaccine from U.S. regulators, the first such application.

On its Thanksgiving advisory page, the CDC warned that "Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19", and that, "Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year".

More than 12,010,000 cases of the coronavirus have been reported, according to a Reuters tally of public health data, capping a series of days with record-breaking infections, with the Midwest experiencing one of the most dramatic increases in cases per capita.

The milestone marks a worsening of the country's COVID-19 epidemic, which has claimed a quarter of a million lives in the United States, more than in any other nation, and has prompted more than 20 states to impose sweeping new restrictions this month to try to curb the virus. That hasn't stopped travelers from swarming Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, according to CBS Arizona reporter Max Gorden, who published a video from a viewer. The Thanksgiving period is usually one of the busiest for travel.

Lines for TSA checkpoints and kiosks at Chicago O'Hare airport were also long last Friday and "reminiscent of pre-pandemic times", local TV station WGN reported.

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Despite a record number of new Covid cases and the Centers for Disease Control recommending against traveling for Thanksgiving, Friday was the second busiest day at U.S. airports since the pandemic brought air travel to a near halt in March.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising air travelers get tested before and after flights to help stop the spread of the coronavirus ahead of the holiday travel season.

The CDC advised passengers who decide to go on a cruise should get tested 3-5 days after their trip and stay home for 7 days after travel, even if they test negative.

Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC's Director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, said the agency is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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