On Tuesday night Norwegian time, US President Joe Biden gave a speech in which he reminded the 500,000 Americans who have lost their lives in connection with the corona pandemic in the USA.
From the rostrum, Biden said:
– There are more lives lost for this virus in the United States than in any other nation, said a clearly marked president, who described the gloomy milestone as “heartbreaking” and “gloomy”.
– I ask all Americans to remember those we have lost and the bereaved. I also ask that we continue to be vigilant, keep our distance from each other, wear bandages and say yes to the vaccine, he continued.
– I know how it is
To those who have lost someone during the pandemic, he said the following:
– They’re never really gone. They will always be a part of your heart.
– I know how it is, he added, a clear reference to the tragedies Biden has experienced.
The president lost his first wife and their one-year-old daughter in a car accident in 1972. In 2015, his son Beau died of brain cancer.
In his speech, the president also called on the country to stand together against the pandemic, and stressed the importance of “fighting together”.
After Biden’s speech, a minute’s silence was observed outside the White House. Also present were First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and her husband Doug Emhoff.
Outside the White House, 500 candles were lit in memory of those who have lost their lives.
The United States reached another gloomy milestone on Monday night. 500,000 people have lost their lives to the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University’s survey.
This is the highest number of registered corona deaths in a country worldwide. Biden has also ordered that it be flagged at half mast for the next five days.