President Joe Biden has said the number of deaths occasioned by the dreaded Covid-19 in the U.S. was far higher than both World War 1 and II as well as the Vietnam war combined.
President Biden stated this yesterday while addressing the nation as the US passed the figure of 500,000 Covid-related deaths, which is the highest number of any country.
The president, the Vice President, Kamala Harris and their spouses, marked the milestone, observing a moment of silence outside the White House during a candle-lighting ceremony.
Biden, who described the 500,000 death toll a “heartbreaking milestone”, said the US will smile again.
In a highly emotional speech, he asked Americans to remember all those they have lost and charged them to come together to fight Covid-19.
Mr. Biden certainly knows how it feels to lose a loved one as he lost
his wife and daughter in a car crash in 1972 before losing one of his sons to brain cancer in 2015.
As a mark of honour to the memory of those who died of Covid-19, the president ordered all flags on federal property to fly at half mast for the next five days while elsewhere in Washington, “the bells at the National Cathedral tolled 500 times, once for every 1,000 Americans lost during the pandemic”.
The 28.1 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 infections in the US is a global record just as the more than half a million number of deaths is also a global record.
According to figures from John Hopkins University, India with 11 million cases of infection and Brazil with 10.1 million are the countries coming distantly behind the US.
According to estimates, the number of Covid-19 related deaths per day will drop from the present 2,000 to 400 by late May but the number of variants of the virus is a matter of serious concern.