The flags planted in the ground near the Washington Monument mark the milestone of 200,000 people who have died of the coronavirus in the United States.
It is by far the highest confirmed death toll in the world, an unimaginable figure eight months ago, when the scourge first reached America.
Fight against the virus, but also relentless political struggle in the presidential election year. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out at President Trump without naming him.
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the Chamber: “All this could have been avoided. Not all, but most of it. And even what could be lost in the future can be prevented, if we embrace science, science instead of politics. There are great demoralized scientists from the political overturning of the recommendations made to save lives “.
But President Trump, while blaming China for the pandemic, says the US is already “turning the corner.” Testing has often increased using drive through sites such as in Miami. So a girl in Florida: “I think everything could have definitely been handled better, when compared to other countries and other states, like New York, which have flattened their curve pretty quickly.”
Taking public health measures remains mixed in the United States. Critics say Trump has left state governors to deal with the crisis. Trump pros respond that Democrats are using Covid 19 as a club to attack the president.
Video: USA: covid 19 becomes a weapon of political struggle in the year of the presidential elections (Euronews)