Moment of silence and flags at half mast in US to commemorate 500,000 deaths from Covid-19

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Moment of silence and flags at half mast in US to commemorate 500,000 deaths from Covid-19
Tuesday, February 23rd 2021 – 08:45 UTC
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Mr Biden, Vice-President Kamala Harris, first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff marked a moment of silence at 6.15pm at the White House after the president’s remarks.(GETTY IMAGES)

President Joe Biden led the United States in observing a moment of silence on Monday to commemorate the grim milestone of 500,000 US deaths from Covid-19, urging Americans to set aside partisan differences and fight the pandemic together.

“Today we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone – 500,071 dead. That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War One, World War Two and the Vietnam War combined,” he said.

 Mr Biden, Vice-President Kamala Harris, first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff marked a moment of silence at 6.15pm at the White House after the president’s remarks.

 “As a nation, we can’t accept such a cruel fate. While we’ve been fighting this pandemic for so long, we have to resist becoming numb to sorrow,” Mr Biden said in an emotional address at the White House.

 Mr Biden also ordered that all flags on federal properties and military facilities be lowered to half-staff for the next five days, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said…

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