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Anti-lockdown protesters throw bricks at Barcelona police in clash over Spain’s new Covid-19 rules

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Anti-lockdown protesters in Barcelona have clashed with police over Spain‘s state of emergency restrictions, throwing bricks at officers and setting bins alight. 

The demonstration began peacefully in St Jaume de Barcelona Square before descending into smaller violent clashes on Friday. 

At least two people have been arrested according to the Mossos d’Esquadra, Catalonia’s police force. 

Several hundred people from sectors badly affected by coronavirus, including restaurants, the arts and gyms initially gathered to protest regional border closures.

The measures came as Spain’s central government unveiled a state of emergency to give regional authorities powers to impose curfews and close their borders to anyone moving without just cause. 

A demonstrator throws a rock at a police van in central Barcelona on Friday after a protest against new coronavirus restrictions descended into violence

A demonstrator throws a rock at a police van in central Barcelona on Friday after a protest against new coronavirus restrictions descended into violence

A demonstrator throws a rock at a police van in central Barcelona on Friday after a protest against new coronavirus restrictions descended into violence

Some protesters set bins alight in the city's streets as police attempted to disperse the crowd. Police blame a small group within the rally for inciting violence

Some protesters set bins alight in the city's streets as police attempted to disperse the crowd. Police blame a small group within the rally for inciting violence

Some protesters set bins alight in the city’s streets as police attempted to disperse the crowd. Police blame a small group within the rally for inciting violence

At least two people have been arrested according to the Mossos d'Esquadra, Catalonia's police force, who were called in to disperse the crowd

At least two people have been arrested according to the Mossos d'Esquadra, Catalonia's police force, who were called in to disperse the crowd

At least two people have been arrested according to the Mossos d’Esquadra, Catalonia’s police force, who were called in to disperse the crowd

Some protesters began pushing against police cordons and throwing flares and other objects at officers who then attempted to disperse demonstrators from the city centre, attendees told Spain’s El Pais newspaper.  

Police also hit protesters with batons and reportedly used foam bullets against those assembled outside the regional and local government headquarters. 

Dozens of protesters then separated into groups to narrow streets in Barcelona’s gothic quarter, setting trash containers on fire to serve as barricades.

A Mossos spokesman told AFP news agency that up to 700 protesters had attended the rally but the violence was started by a group of about 50.

A protester holds a brick aloft during a rally against new regional measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. Several protesters threw rocks and other objects at police during the Friday demonstration

A protester holds a brick aloft during a rally against new regional measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. Several protesters threw rocks and other objects at police during the Friday demonstration

A protester holds a brick aloft during a rally against new regional measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. Several protesters threw rocks and other objects at police during the Friday demonstration

Regional police reportedly used foam bullets to disperse protesters who they were photographed hitting with batons on Friday

Regional police reportedly used foam bullets to disperse protesters who they were photographed hitting with batons on Friday

Regional police reportedly used foam bullets to disperse protesters who they were photographed hitting with batons on Friday

Some demonstrators hurled barricades at police as they gathered outside the headquarters of the regional and local government on Friday

Some demonstrators hurled barricades at police as they gathered outside the headquarters of the regional and local government on Friday

Some demonstrators hurled barricades at police as they gathered outside the headquarters of the regional and local government on Friday

Sirens wailed throughout the city centre as police sought to disperse the protesters and firefighters hosed down the streets to put out fires in several large wheelie bins. 

The call to protest had spread in social media with flyers. Rioting began within minutes of the gathering when some of the protesters removed their surgical masks and shouted ‘This is theft! This is a scam!’

Some protesters have accused authorities of lying about the seriousness of the outbreaks to justify curbs on personal freedom.

Riot police offers hold their batons up as they move to disperse a crowd of protesters from central Barcelona on Friday evening

Riot police offers hold their batons up as they move to disperse a crowd of protesters from central Barcelona on Friday evening

Riot police offers hold their batons up as they move to disperse a crowd of protesters from central Barcelona on Friday evening

Police used their batons to disperse protesters on Friday night as Spain announced 239 new fatalities, bringing the country's total death toll to 35,878

Police used their batons to disperse protesters on Friday night as Spain announced 239 new fatalities, bringing the country's total death toll to 35,878

Police used their batons to disperse protesters on Friday night as Spain announced 239 new fatalities, bringing the country’s total death toll to 35,878

Regional police officers take position next to burning rubbish set alight by disgruntled protesters in Barcelona. A rally was held in the city centre against new coronavirus measures introduced as part of Spain's state of emergency

Regional police officers take position next to burning rubbish set alight by disgruntled protesters in Barcelona. A rally was held in the city centre against new coronavirus measures introduced as part of Spain's state of emergency

Regional police officers take position next to burning rubbish set alight by disgruntled protesters in Barcelona. A rally was held in the city centre against new coronavirus measures introduced as part of Spain’s state of emergency

El Pais reported that some police sources blamed ‘radical groups’ linked to the nightlife and security sectors – both badly hit by the pandemic – with inciting violence at the rally and have accused them of intentionally setting out to provoke incidents.

Some people in attendance at the rally reportedly agreed that there were some elements in the crowd intent on causing trouble from the outset. 

Friday’s clashes mark the second violent protest in Barcelona in less than a week. Four people were arrested on Sunday after the Mossos intervened in a rally of protesters who deny the existence of Covid-19. 

It followed similar disturbances sparked by coronavirus deniers in Bilbao, in Spain, on Thursday and in cities across Italy on Monday. 

Barricades intended to hem in the protesters were used as weapons by some in clashes with riot police in Barcelona on Friday night

Barricades intended to hem in the protesters were used as weapons by some in clashes with riot police in Barcelona on Friday night

Barricades intended to hem in the protesters were used as weapons by some in clashes with riot police in Barcelona on Friday night

Sirens wailed throughout the city centre as police sought to disperse the protesters and firefighters hosed down the streets to put out fires in several large wheelie bins

Sirens wailed throughout the city centre as police sought to disperse the protesters and firefighters hosed down the streets to put out fires in several large wheelie bins

Sirens wailed throughout the city centre as police sought to disperse the protesters and firefighters hosed down the streets to put out fires in several large wheelie bins

Protesters threw bricks, flares and barricades at regional police officers who responded with batons and, reportedly, rubber bullets

Protesters threw bricks, flares and barricades at regional police officers who responded with batons and, reportedly, rubber bullets

Protesters threw bricks, flares and barricades at regional police officers who responded with batons and, reportedly, rubber bullets

Spain, one of the hardest-hit countries by COVID-19, imposed a state of emergency this week to try halt the rise of coronavirus infections. It is expected to last until may next year. 

Like other European countries, Spain has resorted to increasingly drastic measures to curb infections, although less stringent than in Germany or France. 

Catalonia has seen some of the toughest measures introduced, with officials closing down the hospitality industry and imposing a 10pm to 6am curfew. All but essential weekend travel in and out of local areas has also been banned. 

Firefighters were deployed to put out fires in Barcelona's city centre after disgruntled protesters set fire to bins as part of a rally against new coronavirus measures

Firefighters were deployed to put out fires in Barcelona's city centre after disgruntled protesters set fire to bins as part of a rally against new coronavirus measures

Firefighters were deployed to put out fires in Barcelona’s city centre after disgruntled protesters set fire to bins as part of a rally against new coronavirus measures

Police clashed with protesters at the rally on Friday after officers said a small group within the hundreds-strong crowd became violent

Police clashed with protesters at the rally on Friday after officers said a small group within the hundreds-strong crowd became violent

Police clashed with protesters at the rally on Friday after officers said a small group within the hundreds-strong crowd became violent

A fire started in a bin is reflected in the window of a Starbucks coffee shop in central Barcelona during a protest against measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus

A fire started in a bin is reflected in the window of a Starbucks coffee shop in central Barcelona during a protest against measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus

A fire started in a bin is reflected in the window of a Starbucks coffee shop in central Barcelona during a protest against measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus

Health Ministry data showed 25,595 new coronavirus infections confirmed on Friday, a new record that brings the total caseload since February to 1.18 million. 

The government last week admitted that the real tally, including missed cases, could be well over 3 million infections.

With 239 new fatalities, the total death toll rose Friday to 35,878.  

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s future secondary school gets green light

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Thomas’s Battersea, which counts Prince George and Princess Charlotte as pupils, has been given the green light to build a new senior school.  

The £19,000-a-year prep school has gained planning consent, alongside South London developer Avanton, to transform the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters into Thomas’s Battersea Square. 

The new, coeducational school – located at 36 Battersea Square – for students aged 11 to 18, has already been dubbed ‘South London’s Eton’ and should be operational by late 2022. 

While it’s expected Prince George, seven, will attend Eton, as his father and Prince Harry did, the new school could be a future option for Princess Charlotte, five.

Thoma’s Battersea currently only caters for students until the age of 13.

Thomas's Battersea, which counts Prince George and Princess Charlotte as pupils, has been given the green light to build a brand new senior school. Pictured, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Charlotte's first day of school at Thomas's last year

Thomas's Battersea, which counts Prince George and Princess Charlotte as pupils, has been given the green light to build a brand new senior school. Pictured, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Charlotte's first day of school at Thomas's last year

Thomas’s Battersea, which counts Prince George and Princess Charlotte as pupils, has been given the green light to build a brand new senior school. Pictured, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Charlotte’s first day of school at Thomas’s last year

The school has gained planning consent, alongside South London developer Avanton, to transform the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters into a new school called Thomas's Battersea Square. Pictured, an artists impression

The school has gained planning consent, alongside South London developer Avanton, to transform the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters into a new school called Thomas's Battersea Square. Pictured, an artists impression

The school has gained planning consent, alongside South London developer Avanton, to transform the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters into a new school called Thomas’s Battersea Square. Pictured, an artists impression 

The successful planning consent follows comprehensive pre-application consultation with the local community and key stakeholders on the proposals, undertaken during July 2020.

The consented scheme will provide a new secondary school for Thomas’s London Day Schools, whose preparatory school currently occupies the site directly adjacent to the Royal Academy of Dance.   

Ben Thomas, Principal, Thomas’s London Day Schools said: ‘Thomas’s London Day Schools are delighted to have gained planning consent for our inaugural senior school, to be known as Thomas’s Battersea Square. 

‘This new coeducational school for students aged 11 to 18 will offer a world-class, progressive education that is forward-thinking and outward-looking.’ 

High-tech designs of the new state-of-the-art secondary being built next door to Prince George and Princess Charlotte's £19,000-a-year prep school have been revealed (pictured)

High-tech designs of the new state-of-the-art secondary being built next door to Prince George and Princess Charlotte's £19,000-a-year prep school have been revealed (pictured)

High-tech designs of the new state-of-the-art secondary being built next door to Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s £19,000-a-year prep school have been revealed (pictured)

While it's expected Prince George, seven, will attend Eton, as his father and Prince Harry did, the new school could now see Princess Charlotte (pictured together in their school uniform), five, stay - since children are currently only catered for until they reach 13

While it's expected Prince George, seven, will attend Eton, as his father and Prince Harry did, the new school could now see Princess Charlotte (pictured together in their school uniform), five, stay - since children are currently only catered for until they reach 13

While it’s expected Prince George, seven, will attend Eton, as his father and Prince Harry did, the new school could now see Princess Charlotte (pictured together in their school uniform), five, stay – since children are currently only catered for until they reach 13

Designed by architectural practice Ackroyd Lowrie, the scheme will provide a new 47,000 square foot school for approximately 500 pupils in Years 7 to 13 in 26 classrooms. 

It will include science laboratories, break-out spaces, a study centre, a double height assembly and performance hall, cafeteria and school dining hall and a large central atrium. 

CGI images released in August offered a look at the contemporary designs, showing a school which almost resembles flats – featuring a stunning glass entrance hall and classrooms surrounding a spacious courtyard.

Thomas’s made the decision to become an all-through school after parents expressed a keen desire to keep their children within the popular independent school group. Pupils who wish to attend Year 7 and Year 9 in 2021 can now apply.

Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte are believed to enjoy the school, which has the motto 'be kind'. Pictured, St Thomas' School exterior

Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte are believed to enjoy the school, which has the motto 'be kind'. Pictured, St Thomas' School exterior

Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte are believed to enjoy the school, which has the motto ‘be kind’. Pictured, St Thomas’ School exterior 

South London's answer to Eton? Pictured, an artist's impression of what the school, set to be open by 2021, could look like

South London's answer to Eton? Pictured, an artist's impression of what the school, set to be open by 2021, could look like

South London’s answer to Eton? Pictured, an artist’s impression of what the school, set to be open by 2021, could look like

Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte are believed to enjoy the school, which has the motto ‘be kind’. 

The new prospectus has revealed the royals could study subjects such as mindfulness, citizenship and inspiring living at the secondary school.   

Omer Weinberger, Chief Executive Officer of Avanton added of the decision: ‘This new development will create an educational centre of exceptionally high quality and profile.  

‘We are absolutely thrilled to see this facility open its gates for the local community in 2022, and it was a pleasure working with the local authority and the design team on this project.’    

Images released by South London developer Avanton, who has agreed terms to sell the historic Royal Academy of Dance headquarters, show a school that looks more like luxury apartments

Images released by South London developer Avanton, who has agreed terms to sell the historic Royal Academy of Dance headquarters, show a school that looks more like luxury apartments

Images released by South London developer Avanton, who has agreed terms to sell the historic Royal Academy of Dance headquarters, show a school that looks more like luxury apartments

Thomas¿s Battersea (above) has been open since 1990, with Prince George starting in 2017 and Princess Charlotte joining her older brother two years later in September 2019

Thomas¿s Battersea (above) has been open since 1990, with Prince George starting in 2017 and Princess Charlotte joining her older brother two years later in September 2019

Thomas’s Battersea (above) has been open since 1990, with Prince George starting in 2017 and Princess Charlotte joining her older brother two years later in September 2019 

The site will include the historic Victorian Granary Building, originally constructed in the 1890s by Augustus Francis Hall and used as a granary up until the end of World War Two. 

The site was then used as an engineering works until the arrival of the Royal Academy of Dance in the early 1970s.

The Royal Academy of Dance was established in 1920 and moved to 36 Battersea Square in 1972. 

In 2021 the Royal Academy of Dance will be vacating 36 Battersea Square and relocating to its brand new 70,000 square foot  headquarters at Coda on York Road, a new mixed use development by Avanton. 

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Boy, six, gets trapped in large vase before mother smashes it with a hammer to free him in Brazil 

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A humorous video shows the moment a six-year-old boy who became lodged in a large clay vase is chiselled out bit by bit as bemused family members watch.

In the footage, the boy’s head is seen poking out of the top of the large vase at his grandmother’s home in Amazonas, north Brazil, on Tuesday.

Giggling relatives gather around to comfort the panicking youngster as he struggles to free himself from the narrow neck of the pot. 

After being unable to squeeze him out the family take action, breaking the vase open piece by piece with a hammer to free the upset boy.

Distressed and very eager to get out the young boy begins calling for his mother.

A woman, believed to be his grandmother, is heard joking with the boy: ‘Now you’re going to have to pay a heavy price for my vase, you understand?’

The six-year-old boy became panicked when he couldn't get his body out of the clay pot at his grandmother's house in Amazonas, north Brazil, on Tuesday

The six-year-old boy became panicked when he couldn't get his body out of the clay pot at his grandmother's house in Amazonas, north Brazil, on Tuesday

The six-year-old boy became panicked when he couldn’t get his body out of the clay pot at his grandmother’s house in Amazonas, north Brazil, on Tuesday

A woman uses a hammer to carefully free the boy, placing her hand inside the vessel to make sure he isn't hit

A woman uses a hammer to carefully free the boy, placing her hand inside the vessel to make sure he isn't hit

A woman uses a hammer to carefully free the boy, placing her hand inside the vessel to make sure he isn’t hit

The grandmother was reportedly gifted the vase two years ago by a close friend, with the decorative item thought to have cost around £42 (BRL 300).

It is not known how the curious boy got into the vase but he is believed to have been playing.

The rescue woman, thought to be his mother, is seen taking a hammer to the vase and holding her hand inside the vessel to prevent the little boy from being hurt. 

The boy begins to realise is ordeal is almost over and is very keen to get out as the woman slowly breaks a bigger hole

The boy begins to realise is ordeal is almost over and is very keen to get out as the woman slowly breaks a bigger hole

The boy begins to realise is ordeal is almost over and is very keen to get out as the woman slowly breaks a bigger hole

Eventually the boy is able to easily get out and is lifted to freedom by the woman rescuing him

Eventually the boy is able to easily get out and is lifted to freedom by the woman rescuing him

Eventually the boy is able to easily get out and is lifted to freedom by the woman rescuing him

After chipping away for around a minute the mother is able to lift the small boy out of the pot, much to his relief.  

Thanks to the family’s can-do attitude the boy was released without need for intervention from the emergency services. 

The family live in Amazonas, the largest Brazilian state by area, which is larger than the land areas of Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile combined.

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Trump tells people to ‘gather’ for holiday while Biden urges caution

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President Donald Trump urged Americans to ‘gather’ together this Thanksgiving as President-elect Joe Biden advised people to stay home, acknowledging the sacrifice and pain of not being able to be with one’s family.

Both men are planning low-key Thanksgivings at their respective homes as coronavirus cases surge across the United States. 

Trump is spending the holiday at the White House after canceling plans to travel to Mar-a-Lago, his residence in Palm Beach, Fla., where he typically spends Thanksgiving with his family, including his adult children from his previous marriages.

He arrived at his Trump National Golf Course near Washington D.C. on Thursday morning to get in a game before having dinner with his immediate family.

‘The First Family will be celebrating the day with immediate family for dinner at the White House. The President and First Lady wish everyone across the country a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving,’ said Stephanie Grisham, the chief of staff to first lady Melania Trump, in a statement.

She did not detail who was included in the immediate family, which could consist of the president’s adult children from his first marriages and the first lady’s parents, who live near the White House.

In his Thanksgiving proclamation, President Trump encouraged Americans to gather and give thanks.

‘I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings,’ he said in a statement.

President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling on Thanksgiving

President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling on Thanksgiving

President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling on Thanksgiving

A glimpse of President Donald Trump in the red hat as he left the White House Thursday morning for his nearby golf course

A glimpse of President Donald Trump in the red hat as he left the White House Thursday morning for his nearby golf course

A glimpse of President Donald Trump in the red hat as he left the White House Thursday morning for his nearby golf course

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are spending Thanksgiving at the White House instead of traveling to Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are spending Thanksgiving at the White House instead of traveling to Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are spending Thanksgiving at the White House instead of traveling to Mar-a-Lago

Joe and Jill Biden are spending the holiday at their vacation home in Rehoboth, Delaware

Joe and Jill Biden are spending the holiday at their vacation home in Rehoboth, Delaware

Joe and Jill Biden are spending the holiday at their vacation home in Rehoboth, Delaware

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Biden is spending the holiday his vacation home in Rehoboth, Delaware. He and his wife Jill are hosting their daughter Ashley Biden and her husband Dr. Howard Krein for Thanksgiving dinner for a scaled-back holiday.

The Bidens usually spend the long weekend on Nantucket – where they dine on lobster and turkey – with their extended family: a four decade tradition.

The family skipped that trip in 2015, the year their son Beau died of brain cancer, the president-elect noted in a Thanksgiving speech on Wednesday. 

‘This year, we’re asking Americans to forego many of the traditions that have long made this holiday such a special one,’ Biden said in his remarks. ‘For our family, we’ve had a 40 plus year tradition of traveling over Thanksgiving, a tradition we’ve kept every year save one – the year after our son Beau died.’

‘But this year, we’ll be staying home,’ Biden said. 

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Biden’s plea for Americans to hold small gatherings came as daily deaths from COVID-19 in the United States have surpassed 2,100 for the first since May as millions of Americans continue to ignore CDC travel guidance and dire warnings from health experts that Thanksgiving could be the ‘mother of all superspreader events’.  

He also alluded to people’s suffering in his presidential-style address to a nation, which came as more than 260,000 Americans died of the coronavirus.

‘I remember that first Thanksgiving, the empty chair, the silence,’ Biden said. ‘It takes your breath away. It’s really hard to care. It’s hard to give thanks.’

And, in an op-ed written for CNN, he and Jill said they recognize the sacrifice that families make when they are not able to be together in person.

‘This year, our turkey will be smaller and the clatter of cooking a little quieter. There will be no family walks in the cold or playful bickering amongst the grandkids. Like millions of Americans, we are temporarily letting go of the traditions we can’t do safely,’ they wrote. 

‘May the emptiness at our tables and in our hearts be filled with memories of love and laughter. May we cherish our traditions, even when they are out of reach, and hold on to the hope of what’s still to come. We’re going to get through this together, even if we have to be apart,’ they noted. 

The Bidens also recorded a video message for the holiday that they posted online, where they reminded people the importance of staying home and expressing gratitude for healthcare workers.

‘The small act of staying home is a gift to all Americans,’ Joe Biden said. 

Jill Biden expressed thanks for frontline healthcare workers and American troops serving overseas. 

‘We’re thankful for the millions of Americans who have been working on the frontlines during the pandemic,’ she said. 

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff are also holding a small gathering – the couple will cook Thanksgiving dinner in their Washington D.C. home for just the two of them. 

THANKSGIVING GROUP: President-elect Joe Biden (center left) said he'd be spending the holiday with his wife Jill (center right), daughter Ashley (left) and her husband Howard Krien (right)

THANKSGIVING GROUP: President-elect Joe Biden (center left) said he'd be spending the holiday with his wife Jill (center right), daughter Ashley (left) and her husband Howard Krien (right)

THANKSGIVING GROUP: President-elect Joe Biden (center left) said he’d be spending the holiday with his wife Jill (center right), daughter Ashley (left) and her husband Howard Krien (right) 

Don Jr., the president's oldest son who tested positive for coronavirus a couple of weeks ago, posted a message to Instagram he is 'done with Rona' and will spend Thanksgiving with family

Don Jr., the president's oldest son who tested positive for coronavirus a couple of weeks ago, posted a message to Instagram he is 'done with Rona' and will spend Thanksgiving with family

Don Jr., the president’s oldest son who tested positive for coronavirus a couple of weeks ago, posted a message to Instagram he is ‘done with Rona’ and will spend Thanksgiving with family

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Meanwhile, President Trump is expected to make the traditional call to members of the U.S. armed forces serving overseas. That call is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday but is closed to the media and public.  

Don Jr., the president’s oldest son who tested positive for coronavirus a couple of weeks ago, posted a message to Instagram he is ‘done with Rona’ and will spend Thanksgiving with family. 

He videotaped the message on Wednesday with girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, noting the couple will be eating their ‘back up meal’ that day and then enjoying a second Thanksgiving feast.

‘I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to be cleared to be with my family but I got the medical OK I’m all done with the Rona,’ he noted. 

‘I got cleared and we get to spend Thanksgiving the way it’s meant to be,’ he said in the video message.  

The president is also reaching out to friends who could be having a tough time over the holidays.

THANKSGIVING TRAVEL IN NUMBERS: 

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By next Sunday, it is estimated that 6.3 million would have flown in the days before and after Thanksgiving, according to forecasts from the AAA and based on current figures. Nearly a million people have traveled by plane every day since the CDC issued strong guidance urging people to avoid travel last week. 

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

TRAIN/BUS: 

350,000 will travel by train between today and Sunday, according to AAA forecasts.  

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Eric Bolling, the Sinclair TV host whose son died of an accidental drug overdose in 2017, tweeted that Trump called him on Thanksgiving Day.

‘3 years ago today: A difficult first holiday without my Eric Chase.. the empty Thanksgiving seat being too real having just lost our son. The phone rang: ‘Eric, Melania and I want to tell you how much we feel for you today’ That call just came again. Thank you @realDonaldTrump,’ he wrote. 

Last year on Thanksgiving, Trump made a surprise visit Afghanistan where he met with President Ashraf Ghani and served Thanksgiving dinner to U.S. troops stationed there. 

But he and Biden are both staying home this year as medical experts advised Americans to do during the pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a final plea before the holidays urging people to keep indoor gatherings as small as possible and to increase mask wearing and social distancing. He noted that there is already a spike happening and the U.S. doesn’t want another Thanksgiving driven surge, which won’t be seen fully for at least another three weeks. 

‘The final message is to do what we’ve been saying for some time… keep the indoor gatherings as small as you possibly can,’ he told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ on Wednesday. ‘By making that sacrifice you’re going to prevent people from getting infected. 

‘The sacrifice now could save lives and illness and make the future much brighter as we get through this…we’re going to get through this. Vaccines are right on the horizon. If we can just hang in there a bit longer and continue to do the simple mitigation – masks, distancing, avoiding crowds. That’s my final plea before the holiday.’ 

Many Americans are making holiday treks however. 

Nearly a million people have traveled by plane every day since the holiday travel season began last Friday – just one day after the CDC issued strong guidance urging people to avoid travel. By next Sunday, it is estimated that 6.3 million would have flown in the days before and after Thanksgiving, according to forecasts from the AAA and based on current figures.

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

The warnings from public health officials and the disregard across the country for the CDC’s travel guidance comes as the death toll surpassed 260,000 and infections nationwide topped 12.6 million.    

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