US: Flags lowered to half-staff as tribute to coronavirus victims

WION Web Team Washington, United States May 22, 2020, 07.54 AM(IST)

Flags on all Federal Buildings, National Monuments will fly at half-staff over the next three days Photograph:( AFP )

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The announcement came as the US COVID-19 death toll approaches the 100,000 mark, and follows calls by Democrats to lower the flag when it reaches that grim milestone.

The flags on all the Federal Buildings and National Monuments in the United States were lowered on Thursday in honour of the coronavirus victims of the country.

"I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus," Trump tweeted.

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The announcement came as the US COVID-19 death toll approaches the 100,000 mark, and follows calls by Democrats to lower the flag when it reaches that grim milestone.

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The Republican president added that flags would remain at half-staff on Monday for the country's Memorial Day, honoring those who have died while serving in the US military.

While US daily death tolls are no longer on a steady incline, the losses are still mounting, with the total count in the US above 94,500, by far the nation with the most deaths in the in the world.