At the same time, almost 200,000 new cases of COVID-19 were registered in the United States, according to the quoted source. This was the second day in a row that the daily threshold of 2,000 deaths was exceeded.

The last time the death toll exceeded 2,400 in a single day was in early May, in the midst of a health crisis in the United States.

Faced with a new outbreak of the epidemic, which is in the “exponential” phase in the United States according to health authorities, many states have imposed restrictions, one after another, despite the arrival of the winter holiday season.

Thanksgiving is a big holiday in the United States, for many more important than Christmas, when friends and families gather around the traditional stuffed turkey.

Without banning travel, the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has for the first time asked Americans not to travel for the holiday.

The United States, the country most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in absolute terms, has a total of more than 12.7 million cases and 262,080 deaths.

However, the United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of religious organizations in a dispute over COVID-19 restrictions imposed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, which limited the number of participants in religious services, CNN reports.

In a 5-vote decision, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, recently appointed by President Donald Trump, joined Conservative judges in the majority opinion while Chief Justice Justin Roberts voted alongside the three Liberals of the Court.

The decision blocks an order by Governor Cuomo that participation in religious services was limited to 10 and 25 parishioners, respectively, giving rise to a complaint by the Catholic Diocese of New York and Agudath Israel, according to NBC News.

New York State has defended itself by saying that restrictions on places of worship have already been relaxed.

The majority opinion notes that the restrictions would violate religious freedom and are not neutral because they “impose a particularly harsh treatment on places of worship.”

Although religious institutions would be affected, businesses listed as essential could receive as many people as they want, according to the court, and the list includes acupuncture salons and other facilities that judges say are not essential.

The Court also notes that there is no evidence that the complainant organizations contributed to the spread of COVID-19.

Chief Justice Justin Roberts expressed a separate opinion, saying he did not see the need for this decision as the authorities have already reviewed the measures and the places of worship that have brought the action can already hold services up to 50% of capacity.

Liberal judges Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan noted that admitting the complaint “will only exacerbate the nation’s suffering.”