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Biden on Thanksgiving: 'There should be no group more than 10 people'

Biden on Thanksgiving: 'There should be no group more than 10 people'
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE said on Monday that Americans should limit their Thanksgiving gatherings to 10 people due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“There should be no group more than 10 people in one room inside the home,” Biden said during remarks on the economy. “That’s what they’re telling me.”  

Biden also urged Americans to wear masks and practice social distancing at Thanksgiving events. 

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He said that he and his wife, Jill Biden, have narrowed down which of their family members they will have over for Thanksgiving, and made sure that they were recently tested. 

The president-elect in his remarks applauded governors around the country for implementing restrictions to stem the pandemic, particularly Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineStates paying billions in fraudulent unemployment claims Governors mark 'Ronald Reagan Day' Reports of unemployment fraud increase as states mail out tax forms MORE (R) and Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerCapitol Police asks National Guard to extend deployment 'SNL' envisions Fauci as game show host, giving winners vaccines Two men charged with making threatening calls to Michigan officials MORE (D). He also said it was “irresponsible” to suggest that Americans should skirt public health guidance on wearing masks. 

“We’re talking about 350- 400,000 people dying? I mean what are they doing?” Biden said. “It’s totally irresponsible!” 

Biden also appeared to lash out at President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE’s top coronavirus adviser, Scott Atlas, who suggested in a tweet that people should “rise up” against Whitmer’s decision to end indoor dining in restaurants as well as in-person learning in high schools and universities.

“The idea that the president’s now-existing, remaining adviser on COVID is saying that they should resist, I’m like what the hell’s the matter with these guys? What is the matter with them? Resist.” 

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The U.S. has recorded more than 1 million new coronavirus cases in the past week alone, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Cities and states that had been moving toward fully reopening their economies have now backtracked or implemented new restrictions as a result.