US deaths poised to reach half a million mark

The United States faces a dark milestone this week despite a recent decline in Covid-19 cases as it prepares to mark a staggering half a million deaths, with the White House planning a memorial event to remember the lives lost.

While the case numbers fell for the fifth straight week and officials scrambled to inoculate the population, the nation is poised to reach 500,000 deaths from the highly infectious disease.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2021, with the headline 'US deaths poised to reach half a million mark'. Subscribe