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Members of Congress hold bipartisan vigil for 500,000 pandemic victims

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)

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