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Covid: Biden calls 500,000 death toll a 'heartbreaking milestone' Covid: Biden calls 500,000 death toll a 'heartbreaking milestone'
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Biden: "'This nation will smile again" Biden: "This nation will smile again"
President Joe Biden has addressed the nation as the US marks 500,000 deaths from Covid-19, the highest toll of any country in the world. President Joe Biden has addressed the nation as the US passed the figure of 500,000 Covid-related deaths, the highest number of any country.
"As a nation, we can't accept such a cruel fate. We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow," he said."As a nation, we can't accept such a cruel fate. We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow," he said.
The president and vice-president, and their spouses, then observed a moment of silence outside the White House during a candle-lighting ceremony.The president and vice-president, and their spouses, then observed a moment of silence outside the White House during a candle-lighting ceremony.
More than 28.1 million Americans have been infected - another global record. Confirmed US infections now stand at 28.1 million, also a global record.
What 500,000 US deaths look like
"Today I ask all Americans to remember. Remember those we lost and remember those we left behind," President Biden said, calling for Americans to fight Covid together."Today I ask all Americans to remember. Remember those we lost and remember those we left behind," President Biden said, calling for Americans to fight Covid together.
How did Biden mark the occasion?How did Biden mark the occasion?
Mr Biden ordered all flags on federal property to be lowered to half mast for the next five days. The president ordered all flags on federal property to be lowered to half mast for the next five days.
At the White House, he opened his speech by noting that the number of American deaths from Covid was higher than the death toll from World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War combined.At the White House, he opened his speech by noting that the number of American deaths from Covid was higher than the death toll from World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War combined.
What 500,000 US deaths look like
"Today we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone - 500,071 dead," he said."Today we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone - 500,071 dead," he said.
"We often hear people described as ordinary Americans," he went on to say. "There's no such thing, there's nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were extraordinary. They span generations. Born in America, emigrated to America.""We often hear people described as ordinary Americans," he went on to say. "There's no such thing, there's nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were extraordinary. They span generations. Born in America, emigrated to America."
"So many of them took their final breath alone in America," he continued. "So many of them took their final breath alone in America."
Family mourn Gregory Blanks, 50, who died of Covid in January in Texas Family mourn Gregory Blanks, 50, who died with Covid in January in Texas
He drew on his own experience with grief - his wife and daughter were killed in a car crash in 1972 and one of his sons died from brain cancer in 2015.He drew on his own experience with grief - his wife and daughter were killed in a car crash in 1972 and one of his sons died from brain cancer in 2015.
"For me, the way through sorrow and grief is to find purpose," he said. "I know what it's like to not be there when it happens. I know what it's like when you are there holding their hands; there's a look in their eye and they slip away," he said.
Mr Biden's approach to the pandemic is different to his predecessor Donald Trump, who cast doubt on the impact of the deadly virus and was viewed as having politicised the wearing of masks and other measures to prevent the spread of the virus. "For me, the way through sorrow and grief is to find purpose."
Mr Biden's approach to the pandemic is different to his predecessor, Donald Trump, who cast doubt on the impact of the deadly virus and was viewed as having politicised the wearing of masks and other measures needed to prevent the spread of the virus.
President Biden, Vice-President Harris, the First Lady and the Second Gentleman during a moment of silencePresident Biden, Vice-President Harris, the First Lady and the Second Gentleman during a moment of silence
On 19 January, one day before Mr Biden took office, he held an event to mark 400,000 Americans dying of the disease.On 19 January, one day before Mr Biden took office, he held an event to mark 400,000 Americans dying of the disease.
Monday's event, marking the latest death toll, comes about one month later.Monday's event, marking the latest death toll, comes about one month later.
Elsewhere in Washington, the bells at the National Cathedral tolled 500 times, once for every thousand Americans lost during the pandemic. Elsewhere in Washington, the bells at the National Cathedral tolled 500 times, once for every 1,000 Americans lost during the pandemic.
What's happening in the US? So how has Covid affected the US?
The number of Americans who have had coronavirus is nearly double that of second-highest India (11 million) and Brazil (10.1 million). Brazil has recorded the second-largest death toll at 244,000 while Mexico is in third with 178,000. Although numbers are now going in the right direction, hospital admissions - and deaths - remain high, as the key statistics show:
"People decades from now are going to be talking about this as a terribly historic milestone in the history of this country, to have these many people to have died from a respiratory-borne infection," the nation's top immunologist, Dr Anthony Fauci, told CNN on Sunday. The 28.1 million confirmed US infections is nearly double that of second-highest India (11 million) and Brazil (10.1 million), according to Johns Hopkins University research
"It is an astonishing number. A year ago I could not have imagined that half a million Americans would lose their lives to this disease," said Dr Ashish Jha, dean of the school of public health at Brown University. But the US ranks ninth in terms of deaths per 100,000 population, behind countries like the UK and Italy
At least 90,000 more Americans are expected to have died with the virus by 1 June, an Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projection says. By late May, the virus will kill around 500 Americans per day - down from approximately 2,000 now
Hospital admission rates have fallen for 40 straight days
Average vaccine administrations per day now stand at 1.7 million, twice as many as when Mr Biden took office
The growing number of variants, which could spark new deadly outbreaks, remains a concern
Dr Ashish Jha, dean of the school of public health at Brown University, told BBC News: "A year ago I could not have imagined that half a million Americans would lose their lives to this disease.
"We have so much capability, so many resources... this was all preventable and should not have happened. And yet here we are."
Covid world map: Where have the 111m cases been?Covid world map: Where have the 111m cases been?
"We have so much capability, so many resources in this country... this was all preventable and should not have happened. And yet here we are," he told BBC News on Monday. "And I think we have to reflect on all the ways in which our response went wrong." The nation's top immunologist, Dr Anthony Fauci, told CNN on Sunday: "People decades from now are going to be talking about this as a terribly historic milestone in the history of this country, to have these many people to have died from a respiratory-borne infection."
At least 90,000 more Americans are expected to have died with the virus by 1 June, according to a recent projection from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
The IHME estimates that by late May, the virus will kill around 500 Americans per day - down from approximately 2,000 daily deaths now.
Hospital admission rates have fallen for 40 straight days, as approximately 1.6 million vaccinations are administered to Americans daily. But experts are still very concerned about the growing number of coronavirus variants in the country, which could spark new deadly outbreaks.
The 'colourful' lives lost to Covid - how obituaries are helping us all mournThe 'colourful' lives lost to Covid - how obituaries are helping us all mourn
Despite the improving figures, Americans' life expectancy has dropped by one full year due to the coronavirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week. The change has been most acute among racial minorities, who have been disproportionally affected by the deadly virus. Americans' average life expectancy has dropped by one full year due to Covid-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week. The change has been most acute among racial minorities, who have been disproportionally affected by the deadly virus.
US life expectancy falls by a year amid pandemic
Black men suffered the largest decline, with life expectancy dropping by three years between January and June 2020.Black men suffered the largest decline, with life expectancy dropping by three years between January and June 2020.
And Hispanic men saw a fall in life expectancy of 2.4 years during that period.And Hispanic men saw a fall in life expectancy of 2.4 years during that period.
US life expectancy falls by a year amid pandemic