Half a million dead: a timeline of US Covid catastrophe

Washington (AFP) – Unfathomable just one year ago, the United States on Monday passed the horrific marker of 500,000 dead from Covid-19. Here is a look at the past 12 months and how the coronavirus came to exact such a devastating toll on America. Early casesOn January 22, 2020, then-president Donald Trump describes the presence of the coronavirus in the US as “just one person coming in from China” and says his administration has the new disease “totally under control.” Comments like these soon characterize Trump’s dismissive view of the mounting crisis. The first US death is announced Februar…

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