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Jan. 19 Coronavirus updates: US reports over 400,000 coronavirus deaths

More than 2 million people have been recorded killed by the virus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Image: Doctors use an ultrasound scan to examine the lungs of a COVID-19 patient at the new Nurse Isabel Zendal Hospital in Madrid
Doctors use an ultrasound scan to examine the lungs of a Covid-19 patient at a hospital in Madrid, Spain on Monday.Bernat Armangue / AP

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More than 400,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the U.S., according to an NBC News tally early Tuesday. It's a milestone that seemed unimaginable at the start of the pandemic a year ago.

As U.S. health officials rush to vaccinate as many vulnerable people as possible, Covid-19 continued to spread at record high rates, with the United States facing a risk of new mutant virus strains spreading from the U.K., Brazil, South Africa as well as new strains emerging in the U.S.

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