Already more than 800,000 Corona deaths in the U.S.

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The U.S. has passed the 800,000 Corona death mark, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. U.S. President Joe Biden called for remembrance of the victims of the pandemic on Tuesday evening. He declared, “I know what it’s like to have an empty chair around the kitchen table, especially at Christmas time.” He said he suffers with every family “that is going through this pain.” Meanwhile, more than 270 million people worldwide have contracted the coronavirus.

Members of the U.S. Congress observed a moment of silence Tuesday evening in front of the Capitol steps for victims of the pandemic in the world’s hardest-hit country, according to official figures. “Every one of us knows someone who has been carried off by this disease” declared Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

Although the U.S. was one of the first countries to mass vaccinate people against the coronavirus, the vaccination rate lags behind that of other industrialized countries. More than half of the deaths occurred after the first vaccines were approved in late 2020, primarily affecting the unvaccinated. The U.S. currently averages 1,150 Covid 19 deaths per day. The country is now in its fifth wave of infection. Experts expect the numbers to continue to rise in light of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The pandemic has claimed at least 5.3 million lives worldwide since the end of 2019, a tally compiled by the AFP news agency based on official sources showed Tuesday. However, the World Health Organization said the actual figure could be two to three times higher.

Worldwide, meanwhile, more than 270 million people have been confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus. That’s according to a Reuters count based on official data. More than 5.61 million people have died with or from the virus since it was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The United States has the highest numbers. In terms of cases of infection, the U.S. is followed by India, Brazil and the United Kingdom. In terms of deaths, it is Brazil, Russia and India.

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