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Federal flags to half-staff as tragic COVID milestone looms

May 12, 2022

If statistics hold as expected, the United States will reach a terrible milestone in the novel coronavirus pandemic. In anticipation of the U.S. reaching one million COVID-19 deaths, President Joe Biden today ordered flags at all federal buildings to be flown at half-staff through Monday, May 16.

"Today, we mark a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost to COVID-19," Biden said. "One million empty chairs around the dinner table. Each an irreplaceable loss. Each leaving behind a family, a community, and a nation forever changed because of this pandemic. Jill and I pray for each of them.

"To those who are grieving, and asking yourself how will you go on without him or what will you do without her, I understand. I know the pain of that black hole in your heart. It is unrelenting. But I also know the ones you love are never truly gone. They will always be with you.

"As a nation, we must not grow numb to such sorrow. To heal, we must remember. We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible, as we have with more testing, vaccines, and treatments than ever before. It’s critical that Congress sustain these resources in the coming months.

"In remembrance, let us draw strength from each other as fellow Americans. For while we have been humbled, we never give up. We can and will do this together as the United States of America.

"May God bless the one million American lives lost and their loved ones left behind."

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, 998,955 U.S citizens have died of complications as of 11:20 a.m. today, 68,514 in the last 28 days, an average of 2,447 deaths per day.

A $10-billion COVID aid package to boost the availability of tests, therapeutics andvaccines nationwide is stalled in the U.S. Senate as Republicans demand Democrats permit a vote on amendments to add a proposal preserving migration restrictions at the nation's southern border.

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