US on the cusp of 500,000 coronavirus deaths; Britain rolls out plan to ease lockdown despite variant: Latest COVID-19 updates - Yahoo News
Feb 22, 2021 1 min, 23 secs

President Joe Biden held a moment of silence and a candle-lighting service Monday at the White House to mark 500,000 deaths. Latest COVID-19 news.

recorded its 500,000th death Monday, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard.

President Joe Biden commemorated the half-a-million lives lost at a Monday evening ceremony in the White House, drawing on his own experience with heartbreak to personalize the unfathomable tragedy while exhorting Americans to wear masks and take other steps to prevent spread of the virus.

He pointed out the death toll from the pandemic has surpassed the number of U.S.

The U.S., with about 4% of the world's population, has recorded 25% of the COVID-19 cases and 20% of the fatalities. The endless hours of toiling amid death and suffering have taken a heavy toll on health care workers, who are exhausted and frustrated with those who won’t follow public health guidelines aimed at curbing transmission of the virus.

It is a race against time, though, because coronavirus variants are spreading across the country and threaten to touch off another surge of cases.

As the vaccination effort continues, public health officials are preaching vigilance and continued adherence to well-known mitigation measures – masking, social distancing, hand washing and avoiding large gatherings – hoping to avoid yet another COVID landmark.

►United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday that white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements were a “transnational threat” that are "engaged in a feeding frenzy of hate" and have exploited the pandemic to gain support.

has more than 28.1 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 500,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data

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