Pelosi, Schumer, McCarthy to hold moment of silence for 800K American COVID-19 deaths

Congressional leaders plan to hold a moment of silence outside the Capitol on Tuesday to honor the more than 800,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will attend the moment of silence on the East Front Steps of the Capitol building, according to a statement from Pelosi’s office late Monday.

Other bipartisan members of the House and Senate will be in attendance, according to Pelosi’s office, but no others were named. The event is scheduled for 5:15 p.m.

The U.S. surpassed 800,000 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, according to a tally by Reuters, marking a grim milestone 21 months after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic.

The 2021 COVID-19 death toll surpassed the number of fatalities in 2020 in November. More than 450,000 people have died in the U.S. after contracting COVID-19 this year alone, which is 57 percent of all coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic started, according to Reuters. According to the CDC, more than 385,000 coronavirus-related deaths were reported last year.

More than 202.2 million individuals in the U.S. are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC, which translates to 60.9 percent of the total population in the U.S.

Pelosi held a moment of silence on the House floor in February when the U.S. was approaching 500,000 coronavirus-related deaths [The Hill].



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