WASHINGTON/London, Feb. 24 -- President Joe Biden led the US to observe a moment of silence as the death toll from Covid-19 in the country crossed 500,000.

The US toll surpassed 500,500 with more than 1,300 additional fatalities reported overnight, according to the Johns Hopkins University's tracker. Cases stood at 28.1 million, nearly 9% of the country's population.

"Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: 500,071," Biden said on Monday. "That's more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined. That's more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth."

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