The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 500,000 on Monday, after a nationwide surge in cases that began in the fall and has declined in recent weeks.
President Biden has ordered the White House flag to be lowered at half mast and will participate in a candle-lighting ceremony in honor of the victims on Monday evening. The Washington National Cathedral rang 500 times, one for every 1,000 victims.
“We, as a nation, must remember [the victims] so that we can begin to heal, unite and find purpose as a nation to defeat this pandemic, ”Biden said in a presidential proclamation in memory of those who have died of the disease.
The United States has recorded more than 28 million cases of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, or 8.5% of the country’s population.
The number of new cases reported has declined significantly in recent weeks, from a peak of more than 300,000 on January 8 to around 52,200 new cases recorded on February 21. Meanwhile, the United States continues to administer between one and two million doses of the coronavirus vaccine per day. , although the vaccination rate has stabilized according to Bloomberg coronavirus vaccine tracker.
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