Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The United States is approaching 500,000 covid dead


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The White House is expected to note earlier this week that half a million people have died of covid-19 in the United States, with a lighting ceremony.

The number of new cases of corona infection is declining in the United States, as is the number of new deaths, as restrictions and vaccinations begin to take effect.

In the past week, nearly 68,000 new cases have been recorded daily, down 44 percent from two weeks earlier, according to The New York Times. At the same time, the number of people in hospital with covid-19 has been halved in one month.

But despite the decline, the United States will soon pass 500,000 deaths with covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University – just over a year after the country’s first deaths were reported in February 2020.

– It’s awful. It’s historic. We have not seen anything even nearby for more than 100 years, since the 1918 flu pandemic (Spanish flu), White House co-adviser Anthony Fauci told NBC.

– It’s something that’s amazing when you look at the numbers, almost unbelievable, but it’s true.

Fauci tells CNN that he believes there will be a more normal situation in the country by the end of the year, but that it is possible that Americans will continue to wear mouth guards next year as well.

President Joe Biden is expected to give a speech and attend a light ceremony at the White House when the death toll has passed half a million, which can happen as early as Monday.

Globally, the number of deaths from covid-19 is approaching 2.5 million. A total of 111 million people have been confirmed infected with the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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