In the United States, the number of reported deaths from the coronavirus has exceeded 500,000. This means that the country has the most fatalities from the corona virus in the world. More than 28 million Americans have become infected with the virus, according to Johns Hopkings University, which is also the highest number in the world.
President Biden and Vice President Harris remembered the victims of the corona virus at the White House. For the next five days, all gusts on federal buildings will be at half mast. Biden also gave a short speech and a moment of silence. Candles were lit at the White House.
“More Americans have died from this pandemic in one year than the number of American deaths in World War I, World War II and Vietnam War put together,” said Biden, speaking of a “grim, heartbreaking milestone”. “We reflect on the victims and the next of kin. We as a country must remember them so that we can heal, unite and defeat this pandemic as one country.”
The president also called on Americans to remain vigilant in the fight against the virus by wearing face masks, keeping their distance and receiving a vaccine.
Number of victims continues to rise
The first fatal victim in the US from the coronavirus was reported in early February 2020. Four months later there were 100,000 victims, in September there were 200,000 and in December 300,000. After that, the number of deaths rose sharply: it took a month to go from 300,000 to 400,000, and another month to increase to 500,000.
The average number of deaths and infections has fallen in recent weeks. The number of deaths fell from more than 4,000 on some days in January to an average of less than 1,900 a day today.
However, experts warn that new virus variants could lead to a new wave of infections. Also, experts say not enough people have been vaccinated yet to make a difference. More than 44 million Americans have now received at least one shot with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
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