Covid Related Death Toll Hits 500,000 Mark in U.S.

As of last night, the u-s has hit the grim new milestone of over 500,000 coronavirus related deaths. Despite the U.S. having less than 5 percent of the world’s population, our death toll accounts for more than a fifth of all covid-related deaths globally, which stands at over 2.46 million. This is also more Americans killed by this virus than in all of WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam War. The news comes as the U.S. is reporting nearly 29 million total cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Fortunately, the average number of daily new cases is slowly declining to around 100,000. But, we still have a long way to go and health experts continue to ask residents to remain vigilant. President Biden recently announced that he intends to honor the more than half a million lives lost. Around sunset today, he will deliver some solemn remarks, hold a moment of silence, then lead a candle lighting ceremony. He will be joined by the first lady, the vice president, and the second gentleman on the south portico.