US crosses 500,000 virus deaths
Published: 12:55 PM, 22 February 2021
The United States has crossed 500,000 Covid-related deaths on Monday since the start of the pandemic.
The catastrophic US toll comes as some signs of hope are emerging in the world’s hardest-hit country, with millions of people now vaccinated and winter’s massive spike in infections dropping.
However, deaths from the Covid-19 still reporting and President Joe Biden warned last month that “600,000 US people could die from the virus.”
Meanwhile, Biden’s chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci told NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’ that he has never seen anything even close to this for over a hundred years since the 1918 pandemic of influenza. “It’s terrible. It is historic.”
As of Sunday night, the Worlometers, Covid-19 tracking website, reported 511,133 deaths in the US. Globally, the figure was approaching 2.5 million.
Fauci noted the number of daily new infections “has been declining” since January, but he added that “normal life may still be some way off.”
“I think we’ll have a significant degree of normality… as we get into the fall and the winter, by the end of the year,” Fauci said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’.