United States

US surpasses 800,000 COVID-19 death toll

11:04, 15 December 2021
US surpasses 800,000 COVID-19 death toll Photo: pixabay.com

The death toll from COVID-19 deaths has surpassed 800,000 on Tuesday since the very start of the pandemic.

The data collected by Johns Hopkins University indicates that 800,343 have left their lives since the pandemic began while 50,233,346 cases have been reported to date.

On Tuesday night, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have gathered in front of the Capitol Building to commemorate those who were killed by the disease. Each of the attendants was carrying a candle in honor of the deceased.

“Tonight, the Senate and House joined together in a moment of silence to honor the 800,00 Americans who have lost their lives to the COVID pandemic,” Schumer tweeted.

“We remember them. We hold them close to our hearts. And we will continue to fight to bring this pandemic to the end.”

President of the US Joe Biden also spoke upon the horrific milestone on Tuesday: “We must remember each person and the lives they lived, and we pray for the loved ones left behind. I know what it’s like to stare at an empty chair around the kitchen table, especially during the holiday season, my heart aches for every family enduring this pain.”

The US President also reiterated his message to the nation urging the Americans to get their jabs to protect themselves and their surroundings from the deadly disease as Biden said that 61% of the citizens have been fully vaccinated, but that was not enough and more vaccines should be administered.