World News Briefs — February 23, 2021 (Night Edition)

First and second couples: Joe and Jill Biden and Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff stood in memory of the dead during the moment’s silence 

 * The US hit the historic and tragic milestone of over 500,000 COVID-19 deaths on Monday 
 * At the White House Joe Biden ordered flags to half staff for five days of mourning and held a candlelit moment of silence, praying for the dead 
 * 500 candles were lit on the South Portico of the White House where Biden led a moment’s silence with First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff 
 * He spoke just before it to mourn the lost, and say that the nation must also support those left behind 
 * ‘You’re going to be okay,’ he said, speaking directly to those who have lost someone to COVID, referencing his own experience of loss 
 * ‘Today we mark a truly grim heart breaking milestone,’ he said. ‘We often hear people described as ordinary Americans. There’s no such thing. The people we lost were extraordinary.’ 
 * Despite the grim news there were glimmers of hope with hospitalizations and infections both down, and vaccinations increasing 
 * But Dr Anthony Fauci warned that Americans could be wearing masks into 2022 despite infections falling 60% in a month 
President Joe Biden acknowledged the pain of the nation on Monday as the United States marked more than 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus at a candlelit ceremony at the White House, but he also offered words of hope and healing. 
‘Today we mark a truly grim heart breaking milestone,’ he said in a speech to the nation before praying in silent on the South Portico of the White House where 500 candles were lit to symbolize the 500,000 dead.
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