USA surpasses 500,000 deaths due to Covid19
Nearly a year into a life-altering pandemic, many Americans are fed up with wearing masks, desperate for a return to normalcy and numb to the relentless stream of grim numbers, such as the 500,000 COVID-19 deaths the USA surpassed Monday.
Losing half a million lives to this disease was unimaginable when the first few people died of COVID-19 in the U.S last February The disease soon began to ravage nursing homes and the five boroughs of New York City, frequently striking those left most vulnerable because of age, poor health, job requirements or crowded living conditions.
The U.S. is recording at least 69,900 new Covid-19 cases and at least 1,800 virus-related deaths each day, based on a seven-day average calculated by CNBC using Johns Hopkins University data.
Confirmed US infections now stand at 28.1 million, also a global record. Mr Biden’s approach to the pandemic is different to his predecessor, Donald Trump, who cast doubt on the impact of the deadly virus and was viewed as having politicised the wearing of masks and other measures needed to prevent the spread of the virus.