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ATLANTA (NewsNation Now) – The White House Coronavirus Task Force is due to hold a press briefing Thursday afternoon, just a day after the United States recorded more than 250,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths according to a tally held by Johns Hopkins University.

Earlier Thursday, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was recommending Americans not to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday next week to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as cases of the virus increase in the country.

The travel recommendation is a “strong recommendation,” not a requirement, CDC official Henry Walke said on a call with reporters Thursday. The government agency said it was making the recommendation after many states across the country have seen an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in recent weeks.

“We are alarmed by the exponential increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” Walke said.

The CDC has advised against reuniting with anyone who has not lived in the same household for at least fourteen days, the incubation period of the coronavirus. Officials said they are also posting recommendations on their website on how to stay safe while on vacation for Americans who choose to travel.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are generally the busiest times of the year for domestic travel, as Americans get together with friends and family across the country. Shares of airlines and hotel companies have fallen since the outbreak began, as officials advised against unnecessary travel.

Vice-President Mike Pence is scheduled to meet with the working group prior to the briefing. NewsNation will broadcast the briefing live at 4 p.m. EST.

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