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Biden Thanksgiving speech: We’re at war with the virus, not each other

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Biden Thanksgiving speech: We're at war with the virus, not each other

media caption"We’re at war with a virus, not with one another": President-elect Biden calls on Americans to unite against Covid-19 US President-elect Joe Biden has called for an end to the "grim season of division", as the country faces a long, hard winter with Covid-19.

In a speech for the Thanksgiving holiday, he said Americans were at war with coronavirus, not each other.

He urged people to forgo high-risk holiday traditions, as cases of the virus continue to surge in the US.

Meanwhile President Donald Trump urged supporters to work to overturn the results of the 3 November election.

Speaking via phone from the White House to an event organised by Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania, Mr Trump repeated unsubstantiated claims about widespread electoral fraud.

"We have to turn the election over," he said, adding that it was "rigged".

Mr Trump had been expected to attend the event in person but the trip was cancelled after two associates of his lawyer Rudy Giuliani tested positive for the virus. Mr Giuliani attended in person.Mr Biden won the election with a comfortable victory in electoral college votes, and the transition to his presidency is already well under way. Mr Trump’s efforts to challenge the results in key states in courts have so far failed.Mr Biden told the nation: "I believe you always deserve to hear the truth from your president. We have to slow the growth of this virus. We owe it to the doctors and the nurses and the frontline workers… We owe it to our fellow citizens."He said Covid-19 had "brought us pain and loss and frustration" and cost many lives."It’s divided us, angered […]

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