Half a million deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic surpassed the United States on Monday, which means that one in five documented coronavirus deaths worldwide fall in the United States. “That’s more Americans killed in one year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined,” President Joe Biden said at the memorial ceremony.
On Monday evening local time, US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris commemorated half a million SARS-CoV-2 deaths in Washington by lighting candles. In front of federal buildings, flags will be lowered half-mast for five days.
– Every day I get a little card that I have with me on my schedule. It shows the number of Americans who have been infected or have died from COVID-19. It’s a really gloomy day, heartbreaking – said the US President.
– We have exceeded 500,000 victims. That’s more Americans killed in one year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined. We have recorded more deaths from this virus than any other nation on earth, he added.
The most tragic balance of all countries
500,000 is more than the entire population of Kansas City or the number of people living within the city limits of Atlanta. This is more than the capacity of the audience at six major American stadiums.
Half a million deaths – the line crossed by Reuters on Monday – outnumber the total number of Americans who died in 2019 from chronic respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, flu, and pneumonia.
This is the most tragic balance sheet of a pandemic among all countries in the world. Brazil is second in this respect with nearly 250,000 deaths. With the global number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths close to 2.5 million, more than one in five people who have died from coronavirus so far comes from the US. January saw the most tragic statistics – on average, three thousand people died from COVID-19 every day.
25 percent of all infections in the world
There have been 28 million coronavirus infections in the United States since the start of the epidemic, making it 25 percent of infections worldwide. Recently, 70,000 new cases are detected daily in the US.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, admitted that the United States has failed the test. “Looking back, we’ve done worse than most other countries, and we’re a highly developed, wealthy country,” he said. He found the figure of over 500,000 dead “staggering”, stressing that “metaphorical autopsy”, as he called assessing the state’s response to the epidemic, was not easy for America.
Fauci recalled that when it was said in late winter and early spring last year that the epidemic could kill nearly a quarter of a million Americans, “people thought it was hyperbole.”
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