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In pics: A pandemic-era Black Friday

Xinhua
28 Nov 2020, 16:59 GMT+10

BEIJING, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 13 million on Friday. Over the past weeks, COVID-19 cases have been surging across the U.S. and many other countries, sparking concerns about increased gatherings during the holiday season and casting shadow over Black Friday, one of the most anticipated days by consumers.

Here are some changes on this pandemic-era Black Friday.

-- Black Friday in-store shopping drops.

People do shopping for Black Friday sales at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, the United States, on Nov. 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

People are seen during Black Friday shopping at Macy's Herald Square in New York, the United States, on Nov. 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)


-- Consumption patterns shifted as more shoppers opted for online shopping.

Parcels are sorted on the belts at a sorting center of Bpost, the Belgian postal service, in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

A member of staff works at a sorting center of Bpost, the Belgian postal service, in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)


-- Epidemic prevention and control measures are implemented like keeping social distancing, enhancing safety protocols and capacity controls and checking shoppers' temperature.

A line forms outside a store during Black Friday shopping at Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois, the United States, on Nov. 27, 2020. (Photo by Joel Lerner/Xinhua)

An employee checks a shopper's temperature during Black Friday shopping at Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois, the United States, on Nov. 27, 2020. (Photo by Joel Lerner/Xinhua)

Customers walk past a sign advertising "Black Friday" at a shopping center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Chen Cheng) ■

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