Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Biden about 500,000 corona deaths: ‘Don’t become numb to grief’


Johns Hopkins University, which has been recording the number of corona deaths since the start of the crisis, reported yesterday evening around 10:40 PM (Dutch time) that more than 500,000 people in the United States have died from the effects of the corona virus.

28 million infections

In all countries combined, nearly 2.5 million people have died from the effects of the corona virus, but no other country has been hit as badly as America. The first corona death in the United States fell a year ago. In May there were 100,000 victims, more than a month ago the death toll passed 400,000. More than 28 million Americans have now become infected with the virus.

Joe Biden gave a speech at the White House after midnight (Dutch time), calling the more than 500,000 corona deaths a “terribly grim and heartbreaking milestone.” His wife, Jill Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris were also present. Candles were lit and a minute’s silence was observed.

Unprecedented number of deaths

“More Americans have died in one year during this pandemic than during World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War added together,” said Biden. “We must not become numb to grief.”

The president also again called on Americans to stick to the ground rules, get vaccinated and stop “spreading misinformation that divides families, communities and the country.”

According to Biden, the US should fight the pandemic as a ‘united country’.

The American president made a personal account of the speech. “I know what it’s like not to be there when it happens,” he said. “But I also know what it’s like to be there, to hold someone’s hand and look straight into the eyes of someone who is dying.”

Mourn

Biden also described how many relatives are unable to mourn the loss of a loved one in a normal way because of this corona time.

The vaccination campaign in the US has been ramped up considerably since Biden took office a month ago. About 44 million people have now received at least one vaccination, which corresponds to more than 13 percent of the population. Nearly 19 million Americans have been given two doses.



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