Disaster: Nearly 100,000 In US Died From Coronavirus In Biden’s First Month In Office
Statistics from John Hopkins University showed an estimated 99,763 Americans have died from COVID-19 from January 20, when the Democratic president took office.
The nationwide coronavirus death toll was recorded at around 397,611 when Biden was sworn in as president, but just one month later, that number is on the cusp of 500,000 as the death toll from the disease — first detected in Wuhan, China — reached 497,374 on February 20.
Just days after taking office, Biden already backtracked on his campaign promise to end the coronavirus pandemic.
“There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,” he admitted.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 22, 2021
His remarks came after he repeatedly lambasted former president Donald Trump’s coronavirus response and insisted on the “urgency” to end COVID-19. On the campaign trail, the Democratic president would also often talk about “crushing the virus because we have an actual plan.”
Biden already earlier signed an order mandating both mask wearing and social distancing measures on federal property — an order that he and members of his family later violated.
In New York, the US Department of Justice has reportedly launched an investigation into Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the state’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is also reportedly recommending that his residents do double-masking, instead of wearing just one to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Of all the things that we’ve learned in this crisis, maybe the most profound is the power of a mask,” de Blasio said Thursday.
“What we’re saying today is, time to double up. Two masks are better than one,” he added.
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