Biden to mark Covid death milestone with candle ceremony at White House – live updates
President will address nation this evening on the American lives lost to the pandemic
- US expected to reach 500,000 total death toll within next 24 hours
- Fauci warns masks may still be required into 2022
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In announcing tonight’s ceremony to mark the grim milestone of the US approaching 500,000 Covid deaths, a White House statement said:
In the evening, the President will deliver remarks on the lives lost to Covid-19 in the Cross Hall. The first lady, the vice president, and the second gentleman will be in attendance. Then, the president, the first lady, the vice president, and the second gentleman will hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at sundown in the South Portico.
There were 56,495 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the US yesterday, taking the total caseload to 28,109,053.
1,249 more deaths were added to the total toll, which stands, according to the Johns Hopkins University figures, at 498,540.