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WASHINGTON DC – More than 500,000 individuals have died from COVID-19, according to John Hopkins University, which has been tracking cases and deaths since the pandemic began in early 2020.

President Joseph Biden is asking Americans to mark the 500,000 deaths with a moment of silence at sunset today, February 22.

The President has ordered flags on all federal buildings lowered to half-staff for five days

The half million deaths is more than the population of Atlanta, Georgia. In comparison, the City of Boston has a population of about 685,000 individuals.

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To reach 500,000 in Massachusetts it would be the population of the cities of Worcester, Lowell, Brockton, and Quincy combined in the Commonwealth.

The United States is #1 in the world with COVID deaths and Coronavirus cases.

The half million number equals all the Americans killed in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam combined.

In Framingham, 224 individuals have lost their lives as of today, February 22.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.