President Joe Biden led the nation to watch a second of silence on Monday within the reminiscence of Americans who died of Covid-19, because the toll crossed 500,000, a grim testomony to how miserably one of many world’s most superior international locations failed within the face of the worst public well being disaster in a century.

The US toll reached 500,201 on Monday, and stood at 500,443 with 1,347 extra fatalities in a single day, in line with the Johns Hopkins University Covid-19 tracker. And the variety of new infections went up by 56,079 over the identical interval to 28.1 million, which is almost 9% of the inhabitants.

The first Covid-19 case was reported within the US on January 21, 2020 and the primary demise a fortnight afterward February 6.

“Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 (official figures can be different depending on the cut-off time and tracker agency),” President Biden stated. “That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War combined. That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth.” Brazil, India and the United Kingdom are subsequent.

“As a nation, we can’t accept such a cruel fate. While we have been fighting this pandemic for so long, we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow,” he added.

Biden has ordered the US flag to be flown at half-mast for your entire week in reminiscence of those that died of Covid-19.

President Biden’s response to the pandemic and the attendant fallout has been in marked distinction to that of his predecessor Donald Trump, who had tried to downplay the disaster and continuously questioned mitigation measures comparable to social distancing and masking.

Even in the perfect of circumstances, the pandemic would have been a significant issue. “However, that does not explain how a rich and sophisticated country can have the most percentage of deaths and be the hardest-hit country in the world,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a prime adviser to Biden, advised Reuters. “That I believe should not have happened.”

With simply 4% of the world inhabitants, the United States accounts for a fifth of the two.5 million world deaths and a fourth of all infections.

But the state of affairs has improved regardless of the specter of new strains of the virus from South Africa and Brazil. Vaccinations are up and new infections and deaths are declining. Both Biden and Fauci are hopeful of the nation returning to normalcy round Christmas.


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