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‘Truly heartbreaking’: US surpasses 500,000 COVID deaths

Al Jazeera, 23 Feb 2021
The United States has now recorded more than half a million deaths from COVID-19 - by far the highest toll in the world.
It was just over a year ago that the country recorded its first fatality. And despite efforts to ramp up vaccinations, about 2,000 Americans are still dying every single day.
“Today, we mark a truly heartbreaking milestone – 500,071 dead,” US President Joe Biden said after a moment of silence was observed on Monday evening at the White House, which was lighted by hundreds of candles representing those who have died.

Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from Washington, DC.

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