Thanksgiving: Millions celebrate in shadow of coronavirus

Thanksgiving: Millions celebrate in shadow of coronavirus
Americans have been holding subdued celebrations for Thanksgiving, as the country grapples with its coronavirus epidemic - one of the world s worst.

Some traditions have continued, like the annual Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, which was closed to spectators.

image captionThe number of air passengers in the US has increased dramatically in recent days

Many have also travelled home to celebrate the holiday, despite warnings from health officials.

More than three million people are reported to have travelled through US airports from Friday to Sunday in what was the busiest travel weekend since the outbreak began in mid-March.

But the number is around half the usual figure for Thanksgiving travel, and many people have opted out of seeing friends and family for the holiday.

Thanksgiving, which sees Americans gather with their families for festivities on a scale rivalling Christmas, falls on the fourth Thursday of November. This year is the holiday s 400th anniversary.

media captionThe Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade went ahead - with a few changes

image captionThose who ignored official warnings and came to see the procession were stopped by police barriers
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