The New Paper

February 23, 2021

US surpasses 500k coronavirus deaths as new cases continue to decline

The US surpassed 500k coronavirus deaths yesterday, 13 months after the first domestic case was reported. The White House held a ceremony last night commemorating those who have died, and President Biden ordered American flags on federal properties to be lowered to half staff for the next five days.

More context: The milestone comes amid an ongoing effort to distribute and administer vaccines, with 44M people in the US receiving at least one vaccine dose to date (source). Meanwhile, the 7-day average of new US cases fell to 70k this week, marking a 20% drop over the prior week and the lowest point since October.
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