US nears 500,000 Covid deaths

Washington (AFP) – The United States was on the brink Sunday of the grim milestone of 500,000 Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, as the nation’s top virus expert warned a form of normalcy may not return until the end of the year.  Signs of hope were emerging in the rollout of vaccines and the dropping off of a massive winter spike in infections, but the heavy toll continues to mount in a nation that has reported the most fatalities and cases in the world. “It’s terrible. It is historic. We haven’t seen anything even close to this for well over a hundred years, since the 1918…

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