Biden To Offer Moment Of Silence For Half Million COVID-19 Deaths

Lights surround the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, placed as a memorial to COVID-19 victims Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington, after President-elect Joe Biden spoke, with the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol in the background. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Joe Biden will observe a moment of silence on Monday evening for the half million Americans who have died of coronavirus.

In a press release, the White House said, β€œIn the evening, the President will deliver remarks on the lives lost to COVID-19 in the Cross Hall. The First Lady, the Vice President, and the Second Gentleman will be in attendance.” 

It continued to say, β€œThen, the President, the First Lady, the Vice President, and the Second Gentleman will hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at sundown in the South Portico.”

According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has confirmed 498,879 deaths as of Sunday evening. The U.S. has reported the most deaths due to the coronavirus out of any other country. 

Brazil, the country with the second highest number of coronavirus deaths, has reported only half of U.S. figures.

It can be recalled that Biden held a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial to honor those who died from COVID-19 before his inauguration.