US President Joe Biden described yesterday evening, Monday, that the death toll from Covid-19 in the United States had crossed the threshold of half a million deaths as “heartbreaking” news, calling on his citizens to unite their ranks to confront the pandemic.
In a letter to the nation, Biden said emotionally “I know how it is,” referring to his long history of family tragedies.
“I ask all Americans to remember, remember those we lost.”
“I also ask you to take action, to remain vigilant, to adhere to social distancing, to put on the muzzle, and to vaccinate.”
The US President stressed that the United States “as a nation, we cannot and should not let this matter continue.”
“We must put an end to the politics and the misinformation that divided families and societies (…) We must fight this matter together, as one people, like the United States of America,” he added.
Then Biden went out, accompanied by his wife Jill, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Imhoff to the South Lawn of the White House, where they observed a minute of silence in mourning for the lives lost by the virus, represented by 500 candles lit behind them.
A Marine band played “Amazing Grace”.
During the day, flags were flown over the White House and federal buildings across the country and over US embassies around the world.
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