Joe Biden held a moment of silence and a candle-lighting ceremony at the White House, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris

Coronavirus | There were 500,071 deaths from the virus and 28,174,133 million infections | PHOTO EFE / EPA / ETIENNE LAURENT / Archive

The United States surpassed half a million deaths from covid-19 on Monday, a fatal record that no other country in the world comes close to. After 5:00 pm local eastern time, the independent count from Johns Hopkins University registered 500,071 deaths from the virus and 28,174,133 million infections.

This Monday night, when the official figure was approaching half a million, Joe Biden maintained a moment of silence and a candle-lighting ceremony at the White House, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris.

“That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth,” Biden said. “But by recognizing the scale of this massive death in America, we remember each person and the life they lived.”

The event recalled scenes from almost exactly a month ago, on the eve of Biden’s inauguration, when he and Harris called a vigil for the victims of the coronavirus at the Lincoln Memorial.

Early Monday, Biden ordered all American flags to fly at half mast for the rest of the week, in remembrance of the lives lost. The Biden administration’s continued focus on the deadly impact of the pandemic stands in stark contrast to President Trump, who repeatedly downplayed the severity of the virus and seemed unwilling to lead Americans to suffer.

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For her part, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led her chamber in a moment of silence to mark the expected milestone of 500,000 deaths in the United States and promised that the House would pass Biden’s $ 1 aid package, 9 billion this week.

The moment of silence was observed before the suspension of a pro forma session chaired by Pelosi.

Immediately thereafter, his office distributed a statement calling the milestone of 500,000 deaths a “terrible human cost of staggering proportions and an incomprehensible sadness.”

“Members of Congress join Americans in prayer for the lives lost or devastated by this vicious virus,” he said. “As we pray, we must act quickly to end this pandemic and stop the suffering felt by so many millions. With the passage of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan this week, the American people will know that help is on the way. “

Text taken and translated from The Washington Post



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