World The United States exceeds the barrier of 500,000 deaths from Covid-19

11:55  23 february  2021
11:55  23 february  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Les Etats-Unis dépassent la barre des 500 000 morts du Covid-19 © Copyright 2021, L'Obs

The results of the Covid-19 epidemic in the United States , which exceeded 500,000 deaths on Monday 22 February, is "heartbreaking," US President Joe Biden said in a moving speech from the White House.

“We must resist the temptation to see every life as a statistic […]. We must do it to honor the dead, ”he added as he prepared to observe a minute of silence in the presence of his wife Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff .

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"I also ask that we act, that we remain vigilant, that we keep our distance, that we wear masks, that we get vaccinated," he added.

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Video: "My heart is suffering for you": Joe Biden very moved as the United States pass the milestone of 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 (Le Figaro)

Most affected country in the world

After the speech, the two couples of the American executive appeared in front of the White House, where they meditated for a few moments, first silent then accompanied in this tribute by the very popular hymn "Amazing Grace", played by a marine orchestra.

Joe Biden then signed himself, surrounded by 500 candles to symbolize the 500,000 dead arranged on the balcony of the White House and on the stairs leading to it, before disappearing from view and camera.

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With 500,159 people having succumbed to the virus and more than 28 million cases of contamination, the United States is the country most affected in the world in absolute terms by the pandemic.

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