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Pelosi holds moment of silence as US approaches 500,000 COVID-19 deaths

Pelosi holds moment of silence as US approaches 500,000 COVID-19 deaths
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings Curator estimates Capitol art damage from mob totals K Democrats want businesses to help get LGBT bill across finish line MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday held a moment of silence on the House floor to commemorate the nearly 500,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.

“The chair asks all members in the chamber as well as members and staff throughout the Capitol to rise for a moment of silence in remembrance of more than 500,000 Americans who have passed away from the COVID-19 virus,” Pelosi said on the House floor.

The moment of silence comes in the same week the House is expected to take up a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

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According to a Johns Hopkins University database, the U.S. is less than 1,000 deaths away from reaching the grim milestone of half a million fatalities a little more than one year after the first COVID-19 death was reported in the United States.

While the number of deaths since the start of the pandemic is staggering, the transmission rate has been falling and efforts are being made to ramp up accessibility for the vaccine nationwide.

President BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE is also expected to hold a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the pandemic during a candle lighting ceremony on Monday evening alongside first lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden to travel to Texas on Friday Biden mourns 500,000 American lives lost to coronavirus Biden to order flags to half staff to mark 500K virus deaths MORE, Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffBiden mourns 500,000 American lives lost to coronavirus Biden to order flags to half staff to mark 500K virus deaths Pelosi holds moment of silence as US approaches 500,000 COVID-19 deaths MORE.