WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 -- A half-million Americans are now dead as a result of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) that first hit US shores just a little more than a year ago, a sad milestone that's left families mourning nationwide.

US deaths passed the 500,000 mark on Monday. Global deaths related to Covid-19 have surpassed 2.46 million, with the US leading all countries with more than twice the number recorded by the next closest, Brazil.

Hospitalisations and deaths have fallen since peaking in early January as treatments have improved, a rising number of Americans have gotten natural immunity from surviving the virus, and more people are getting shots of vaccines. P14

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