US fears explosion in Covid cases after busy Thanksgiving holiday

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    Health authorities in the US have warned about a potential explosion in Covid-19 numbers following the busy Thanksgiving weekend, which saw 1.8 million travellers in airports on Sunday, the highest number since March.

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