Biden's inaugural parade to be virtual

The inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden will be scaled back to avoid coronavirus infections. A virtual nationwide parade will be held instead of a traditional parade following his inauguration.

Biden's inaugural committee made the announcement on Sunday. The President-elect will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20.

Biden will take the presidential oath of office at the US Capitol and then enter the White House.

Traditionally, a new president will parade for the distance of about 2.5 kilometers from the Capitol to the White House, cheered by crowds of people lining the street.

This time the organizers decided not to hold the traditional event.

Instead, Biden will take a short walk to the White House, escorted by military troops and the parade will be held online.

The virtual parade will celebrate frontline people who have been fighting COVID-19. The parade will also highlight America's 50 states and diversity.

The organizers are encouraging people to watch the parade on TV or online to celebrate the dawn of a new era.

After taking office, Biden will first focus on bringing the pandemic under control. He will try to refrain from holding face-to-face meetings with foreign leaders and from traveling abroad for the time being.