Washington, DC’s sister, Mayor Muriel Bowser died Wednesday of complications from the Covid-19 coronavirus disease, the mayor said.
Mercia Bowser, 64, was the older sister of the district’s Democratic mayor.
“Mercia was loved immensely and will be greatly missed as she joins the legion of angels who have gone home too soon due to the pandemic,” Bowser said in a statement.
Mercia Bowser had been treated for Covid-19-related pneumonia.
New reported cases of the disease have declined across the country in recent weeks, but health experts say the number of new infections remains high.
“The baseline for daily infections is still very, very high,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday on “Meet the Press.”
“It’s not the 300 to 400,000 we had some time ago, but we want to have that very, very, very low baseline before we start to think we’re out of the woods,” he said on the show.
On Sunday, the United States saw the death toll from the disease surpass 500,000. And the next day, President Joe Biden addressed the nation and observed a moment of silence for the dead. As of Wednesday night, more than 28 million cases have been reported and more than 506,000 people have died, according to the NBC News report tally.
Also Wednesday, documents released by the Food and Drug Administration indicate that Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine is generally safe and highly effective against the most severe outcomes of the disease.
In two days, an advisory panel is scheduled to discuss the company’s application for emergency use, which is expected to be recommended.