Saturday, February 27, 2021

The United States commemorates the many corona victims


The United States has passed 500,000 deaths related to the corona pandemic. It is a truly “gloomy and heartbreaking milestone,” said President Joe Biden.

President Joe Biden takes a break from his speech to the nation on Monday. An emotional president called the huge death toll in the United States a “gloomy and heartbreaking milestone.” Foto: Evan Vucci / AP / NTB

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Biden says the number of deaths in the corona pandemic is more than the number of American soldiers who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Vietnam War combined. He asks the country to stand together against the pandemic.

– I know how it is, said a distinguished Biden in a speech to the nation on Monday with reference to the many tragedies in his own family. Biden’s first spouse and their one-year-old daughter died in a car accident in 1972. In 2015, his son Beau died of brain cancer.

Biden urged that Americans not be blown away by the numbers and “see life as statistics.”

– I ask everyone to remember those we have lost and the bereaved. I also ask that we continue to be vigilant, keep a social distance from each other, wear a face mask and say yes to the vaccine, Biden said.

A total of 500 candles were lit outside the White House to commemorate the many deaths in the United States corona pandemic. Foto: Evan Vucci / AP / NTB

One minute of silence

After the speech, a minute’s silence was observed outside the White House, where 500 candles were lit in memory of the many dead. Biden was accompanied by his wife Jill and Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff.

Earlier in the day, the flag was flown at half-mast at the White House and other federal buildings in the country to mark the enormous loss of life.

The United States has more people infected and dead associated with pandemics than any other country. On Monday, Johns Hopkins had registered 500,172 corona deaths, while the overview from Worldometers reached half a million already on Tuesday 16 February.

– As a nation, we can not and should not let this continue. We must put an end to the policies and misinformation that divide families and communities. We must fight together as one people, as the United States, Biden said.

President Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff remain silent for a minute outside the White House. Foto: Evan Vucci / AP / NTB

The death toll will rise

With only about 4 percent of the world’s population, the United States has recorded 20 percent of all the nearly 2.5 million corona deaths in the world. The real global number is probably even higher due to the fact that many cases were not registered at the beginning of the pandemic, writes the news agency AP.

The first covid-19 death in the United States was recorded in early February last year. It took four months for the death toll to exceed 100,000. In September, the death toll was up to 200,000 and rose further to 300,000 in December. Then it took a little over a month for the death toll to rise to 400,000 and then pass 500,000.

In recent weeks, however, the daily average of new infections and deaths has fallen sharply. On average, a few days in January, 4,000 new deaths were registered, while the average is now less than 1,900 per day.

Despite mass vaccination, it is estimated that another 90,000 people will die from the coronavirus by June 1, according to the University of Washington.

Fauci blames political division

The United States’ top infection control chief Anthony Fauci says political division has greatly contributed to the country’s death toll related to covid-19 becoming so high.

He told Reuters that the pandemic came to the United States at a time when the country was strongly politically divided and where the use of face masks thus became a political expression rather than a measure to reduce infection.

– It still does not explain how a rich and sophisticated country can have the largest percentage of deaths and be the hardest hit country in the world. In my opinion, that should not have happened, says Fauci.

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