President Joe Biden has addressed the nation as the US passed the figure of five-hundred thousand Covid-related deaths, the highest number of any country.

The president and vice-president, and their spouses, then observed a moment of silence outside the White House during a candle-lighting ceremony.

The President later addressed staggering death toll.

US President, Joseph R Biden.

Confirmed US infections now stand at over 28 million, also a global record.

The president ordered all flags on federal property to be lowered to half mast for the next five days.