Members of Congress gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday (February 23) evening to pay tribute to nearly half a million victims of the coronavirus pandemic.
Republicans and Democrats stood side by side, holding candles beneath a flag lowered to half staff as the army band sang “Take my Hand Precious Lord” and “God Bless America”, NBC reported. They then observed a moment of silence.
The U.S. had recorded more than 28 million COVID-19 cases and 499,510 lives lost as of Monday (February 22) morning, according to a Reuters tally of public health data, although daily deaths and hospitalizations have fallen to the lowest level since before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
About 19% of total global coronavirus deaths have occurred in the United States, an outsized figure given that the nation accounts for just 4% of the world’s population.
(Production: Ashraf Fahim)