February 22, 2021 7:32 PM
15 minutes. The United States (USA) surpassed half a million deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, a grim record that no other country in the world comes close to and which is fulfilled at a time when the Government of President Joe Biden is accelerating the vaccination campaign.
After 17:08 local time in the Eastern United States (22:08 GMT time), the independent count of Johns Hopkins University registered 500,071 deaths from the disease and 28,174,133 million infections.
On the occasion of this dismal record, US President Joe Biden today ordered the flags of all federal buildings in the country, including the White House, and official bodies abroad, such as embassies, to fly at half-staff during the next five days in mourning.
More deaths from COVID-19 than in three wars
Biden issued a presidential proclamation with that order. He recalled that those more than 500,000 deaths in a single year from the pandemic are more than if the Americans killed in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War are added.
The Washington DC Cathedral rang its bells at 17:00 local time (22:00 GMT) 500 times in honor of the more than half a million fatalities.
That milestone of half a million deaths, more than those killed in any US war with the exception of the civil war (1861-1865), makes the country the most affected by the pandemic, with more than double the number of deaths from COVID -19 than the next nation, Brazil.
Biden predicted that this February, more than half a million deaths would be exceeded and that in total more than 600,000 will die.