On January 21, the US recorded another 55,195 cases and 1,247 deaths according to the New York Times. It took the US to a total of 28,181,128 cases and 500,159 deaths, meaning one in five deaths from coronavirus worldwide came from the US.
US President Joe Biden ordered all flags on federal property by lowered to half-staff for the next five days to mark the bleak milestone.
He also paid tribute to those who died from the virus and said: “As of this week during the dark winter of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 500,000 Americans have now died from the virus.
“That is more Americans who have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined.
“On this solemn occasion, we reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind. We, as a nation, must remember them so we can begin to heal, to unite, and find purpose as one nation to defeat this pandemic.”
Doctor Anthony Fauci, the US’ top coronavirus advisor, expressed shock at the massive death toll from the virus in an interview with CNN.
He said on Sunday: “It’s terrible. It’s really horrible. It is something that is historic.
“It’s nothing like we’ve ever been through in the last 102 years, since the 1918 influenza pandemic.”
The director of the the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added “decades from now” people would be “talking about this a terribly historic milestone in the history of this country”.
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