Updates: 23.02.2021 07:01
Released: 23.02.2021, 06:55
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The death toll from coronavirus disease in the United States is heartbreaking, President Joe Biden said today after the country exceeded 500,000 covid-19 deaths, by far the most in the world. According to leading epidemiologist Anthony Fauci, political divisions have made a significant contribution to the current state of the US pandemic.
“We must resist looking at every death as a statistic. (…) We must do this to honor the dead,” Biden said. “I also ask you to act, to be careful, to monitor the spacing, to wear veils, to be vaccinated,” he added.
Before Biden’s speech in honor of the dead 500 timesbells of Washington National Cathedral. The president and vice president then held a minute’s silence, and after Biden’s speech, they went to one of the balconies of the presidential residence, which was covered by 500 lighted candles with the adjacent staircase.
The US clearly registers the highest number of deaths from coronavirus infection in the world, over 20 percent of the world’s 2.47 million victims. The current wave of the epidemic, which culminated in mid-January, is in decline for several weeks. However, experts warn that the situation could worsen again due to the onset of new and more contagious variants of coronavirus.
The vaccination campaign is advancing rapidly in the country, with over 44 million Americans receiving one dose of vaccine and almost 19.5 million both. The respected model of the University of Washington, which has proven to be relatively accurate in the past, nevertheless assumes that almost 90,000 more people will die in the United States due to Covid-19 by the beginning of June.
“Even in the best of circumstances, it would be a very serious problem,” he told Fauci about the pandemic, adding that the virus and Germany, for example, are also struggling with the virus, where widespread social restrictions are more respected than in the USA. “But that doesn’t explain how a rich and sophisticated country can have the largest share of the dead and be the worst affected in the world,” Fauci said. “I don’t think it should have happened,” he added.
“This is the worst health thing that has happened to this country in more than 100 years,” Biden’s chief health adviser said, adding that for decades to date it would be “a terrible year in 2020, and maybe 2021.”
Although many experts and observers attribute the lion’s share of the sad leadership of former President Donald Trump, Fauci said he is not the only one to blame. According to him, behind the unprecedentedly high statistics of infected and dead are also some governors and mayors who, despite the advice of the crisis staff, released restrictions too quickly at the wrong time.
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