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Thanksgiving: Millions celebrate in shadow of coronavirus

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image captionThe popular Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City was held without spectators this year

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.

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image captionThe floats were still on flamboyant display despite the lack of crowds
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image captionThose who ignored official warnings and came to see the procession were stopped by police barriers
media captionThe Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade went ahead - with a few changes

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.

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

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.

Many still managed to mark the occasion in different ways.

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image captionIndividual tent pods were erected at this restaurant in NYC's West Village

For those living in sunnier climes, it was a bit easier to socialise outdoors.

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image captionThis family in California's Manhattan Beach enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner outside
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image captionThanksgiving fun to be had on Hermosa Beach in California

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.

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image captionIn Washington DC, volunteers distributed free meals to those in need
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image caption...and California's popular Yosemite National Park was left virtually empty during the festivities

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