- The Washington Times - Monday, February 22, 2021

President Biden ordered the White House flag lowered to half-staff late Monday as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 exceeded 500,000.

Flags on federal property will be lowered for five days under a presidential proclamation.

Moments earlier, the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker — a closely watched dashboard — said the death toll had exceeded the somber milestone of a half-million.

Mr. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were scheduled to hold a candlelight memorial for the victims of the disease at 6 p.m. from the White House.

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