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Iowa governor orders flags at half-staff to honor 500,000 U.S. COVID-19 victims


DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff until Friday, February 26 in honor of the 500,000 people in the U.S. who have died from the coronavirus.

This is in conjuction with President Joe Biden's proclamation, ordering U.S. flags lowered at federal buildings for the next five days.

Flags will be at half-staff at the Iowa State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex as well as on all Iowa public buildings, grounds and facilities.

A release from the governor's office encourages all other Iowans, businesses, schools and cities to fly the flag at half-staff for the same time.

On Tuesday, Iowa's COVID-19 death toll reached 5,400.

On Monday night, Biden gave a speech and held a memorial ceremony for the 500,000 lives lost. The U.S. toll is by far the highest reported in the world, and according to the Associated Press, nearly matches the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined.

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