Just one day after the U.S. recorded half a million deaths from the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19, the death toll hit 500,443, as President Joe Biden called for unity and urged his fellow Americans to mask up and get vaccinated in an effort to contain the deadly pandemic.
The U.S. numbers are by far the worst in the world with its case number — 28 million — more than the next two countries’ combined, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. accounts for about 25% of the global case tally and 20% of its death toll, devastating numbers for the world’s leading economy. More Americans have now died of COVID than died in military combat in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined.
“Today I ask all Americans to remember,” Biden said at a candlelit ceremony to honor the dead late Monday.
“Remember those we lost, those we left behind,” he said. “But as we all remember, I also ask us to act, to remain vigilant, to stay socially distant, to mask up. Get vaccinated when it’s your turn. We must end the politics and misinformation that has divided families, communities and the country and has cost too many lives already. It’s not Democrats and Republicans who are dying from the virus, it’s our fellow Americans…