The positive indicators come at a time when the total number of deaths in the United States due to the epidemic has reached half a million, although health experts have warned that the increase in infections may return due to the new, faster-spreading strains.
The number of deaths related to the Corona virus decreased by 37 percent in the week ending February 21 to 13,636, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county reports.
Excluding the backlog of deaths recorded by Ohio State in the previous week, deaths fell on a rate basis of 17 percent.
The country recorded more than 491,000 new infections last week, down 23 percent from the previous seven days.
And new infections for six consecutive weeks are down 72 percent from their peak in early January.
Compared to the previous week, new infections increased in only seven of the 50 states.
Commemoration of the victims of the epidemic
In a statement to honor the victims of the Covid-19 epidemic, President Joe Biden ordered the American flag to be flown at half-mast on government buildings until sunset on Friday.
Biden said: “On this solemn occasion, we think about their loss and their loved ones … We as a nation must remember them so that we can begin to recover, unite, and find a goal as a nation to defeat this pandemic.”
Biden added in a sad speech at the White House after the ringing of the bells of the National Cathedral in Washington: “While we acknowledge the magnitude of this large number of deaths in America, remember each person and the life they lived.”
He continued, saying, “The son who used to call his mother every night … the father and daughter who lit his world. The best friend who was always there … the nurse who made her patients desire life.”
“This is the worst thing that has happened to this country regarding the health of the nation in more than 100 years. People will talk decades from now about the terrible year of 2020 and perhaps 2021,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief advisor for infectious diseases, in an interview with Reuters Monday. .
Fauci considered that political divisions contributed greatly to this number of deaths in the United States.
It is worth noting that about 19 percent of the total Corona virus deaths worldwide occurred in the United States, which is a very large percentage if we take into account that the population there represents only four percent of the world’s population.
In 2020, the coronavirus also led to a one-year decline in life expectancy in the United States, the largest decline since World War II.