National Post (Latest Edition)

COVID DEATH TOLL IN U.S. NEARS HALF A MILLION.

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The united States faces a dark milestone despite a recent decline in COVID-19 cases as it prepares to mark a staggering half million deaths this week, nearly a year after the novel coronaviru­s pandemic upended the country with duelling public health and economic crises. While the number of COVID-19 cases fell for the fifth straight week and officials scrambled to inoculate the population, the nation prepared to soon reach 500,000 deaths from the highly infectious respirator­y disease. “It’s nothing like we’ve ever been through in the last 102 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic ... It really is a terrible situation that we’ve been through — and that we’re still going through,” dr. Anthony Fauci, White House COVID-19 medical adviser told CNN’S State of the union on Sunday.

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