(Washington) Le bilan de l’épidémie de COVID-19 aux États-Unis, qui a dépassé 500 000 morts lundi, est « déchirant », a déclaré d’une voix émue le président américain Joe Biden lors d’une allocution depuis la Maison-Blanche.
« Nous devons résister à la tentation de voir chaque vie comme une statistique […] We have to do it to honor the dead, ”he said.
President Biden, his wife Jill Biden, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff then observed a moment of silence outside the White House during a candle-lighting ceremony. Some 500 candles were placed on the balcony and stairs of the White House to symbolize the 500,000 dead from COVID-19 in the country.
Today I ask all Americans to remember. Remember those we lost and those we left behind. I also ask that we act, that we remain vigilant, that we keep our distance, that we wear masks, that we get vaccinated.
President Biden has ordered all flags on federal property to be lowered at half mast for the next five days. The bells of the Washington National Cathedral have also rung 500 times.
On January 19, the president organized an event to mark the 400,000 Americans who died from the disease. Less than a month later, 100,000 more Americans died from the virus.
The balance sheet is growing
More than 28 million Americans have contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic. It is the country most affected in the world in absolute terms by the pandemic. This is almost double that of India, the second most affected country with 11 million cases. Brazil, in third place, has 10.1 million.
The United States accounts for about 20% of COVID-19 deaths globally, but only makes up 4.25% of the world’s population. So far, more Americans have died from the virus than in the battlefields of WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War combined.
The first known death from COVID-19 in the country occurred in Santa Clara County, Calif., On February 6, 2020, and by the end of May, 100,000 people had died. About a third of the deaths occurred in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
The life expectancy of Americans has also fallen by a year due to the coronavirus, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week. The change has been most marked among racial minorities, who have been disproportionately affected by the deadly virus.
The death rate for black Americans with COVID-19 has been almost twice that of white Americans. The death rate for Hispanics was 2.3 times that of white Americans. It was 2.4 times higher among Aboriginal people.
In recent weeks, the number of new cases of the virus has slowed dramatically in the United States, and vaccine distribution has gradually accelerated. Over 63 million doses of vaccines have been administered. The deaths are also starting to subside. As of Monday, the country recorded fewer than 1,300 deaths from COVID-19, compared to more than 5,400 on February 12.
– With Agence France-Presse
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