Candles are lit at the White House to honor half a million deaths from COVID-19 in the US.

Candles were lit on the South Portico of the White House at sunset Monday, the day the number of Americans killed by the
Covid-19 exceeded the threshold of 500,000.

« We have more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth, » said US President Joe Biden, as he made a moment of silence accompanied by his wife, Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and the second gentleman, Douglas Emhoff.

« As we recognize the scale of this mass death in the United States, we remember each person and the life they lived, » said the president, in whose order the flags atop the presidential residence and in other federal properties in the morning.

Statistics from Johns Hopkins University showed that 500,176 Americans died due to the Covid-19 until 7:23 pm this Monday (0023 GMT, Tuesday), a figure much higher than in any other nation.

About one in 670 Americans has died from the virus, after which life expectancy in the country fell by one year to 77.8 years in the first six months of 2020, according to a recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics.

« As a nation, we cannot accept such a cruel fate, » Biden said.

Although the country is not out of the woods yet, there are some positives: The appearance of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths has slowed in recent days, and the distribution of vaccines has gradually accelerated.

« We will remember every person we have lost, the lives they lived, the loved ones they left behind. We will get through this, I promise, » Biden said before keeping the moment of silence.

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