In an address from the White House, US President Joe Biden announced on Monday that more than 500,000 people have died from Covid-19. It has been just over a year since the first case was detected in the country.
According to the data from Johns Hopkins University, deaths breached half a million and over 28 million people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the US.
The country is the first to record more than half a million deaths.
On Monday evening, Joe Biden spoke in a primetime address and ordered the flags to fly at half-staff for five days as a sign of mourning.
500 candles were lit during a moment of silence held at the White House.
In his address, Biden said: ‘Today we mark a truly grim heart-breaking milestone – 500,071 dead. That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War One, World War Two and the Vietnam War combined.’
Last April, Donald Trump predicted that only 60,000 people would die from the virus. However, Biden has predicted that between 600,000 and 650,000 deaths will be recorded in the US before it starts to improve.