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23.Feb.21 11:13 AM
By Abigail Richards
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Joe Biden marks COVID-19 500,000 death toll
President Joe Biden has ordered the US flag to be hung at half mast on federal government buildings to mark the death of half a million people in the United States. The flag remains at half mast for five days as a tribute to the victims.

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, which closely monitors the statistics around the virus, reported Monday around 10: 40 p.m. that the limit of half a million COVID-19 deaths has been exceeded.

The US is by far the world leader in the number of deaths. This also applies to the number of infections, which now stands at more than 28 million. The limit of 400,000 US coronavirus-related deaths was crossed over a month ago and that of 100,000 at the end of May. In all countries, nearly 2.5 million people have died of COVID-19.

Joe Biden gave a speech in the White House about the grim milestone, followed by a moment of silence and lighting candles. Among others, his wife Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were present.

"Today we have reached an incredibly grim and heartbreaking milestone: 500,071 deaths. More Americans have died during this pandemic in one year than during World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined," Biden said during his speech.

"As a country we cannot accept such a cruel fate. We must avoid becoming insensitive to suffering."According to Biden, the US must fight the pandemic as a united country. He has made the fight against the coronavirus one of the spearheads of his policy.

Around 44 million people have received at least one vaccination, or more than 13 percent of the population. Nearly 19 million Americans have received two doses.



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