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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.

China battles Covid-19 outbreak as vaccine rolled out in Shanghai

People sit at a vaccination site in Shanghai, China after receiving a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. The country is battling the worst outbreak of Covid-19 since March, with more than 100 new cases reported for a seventh day on Tuesday.Aly Song / Reuters

Around 1 in 8 people in England estimated to have Covid-19 antibodies, new data shows

An estimated 1 in 8 people in England had antibodies against the coronavirus during December, suggesting they have had Covid-19 previously, according to data released Tuesday by the Office of National Statistics.

The data showed that an estimated 12.1 percent of people aged 16 years and over in England had antibodies last month. The figures for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were lower, with 8.9 percent in Scotland, 9.8 percent in Wales and 7.8 percent in Northern Ireland.

The number of people testing positive for antibodies has been steadily rising since August when it stood at 5.5 percent. The U.K. has recorded more than 90,000 coronavirus deaths, one of the highest per-capita rates in the world.

Fed by a mutant strain of coronavirus, the pandemic gathered strength in Britain in December. The government imposed a lockdown in an effort to control the virus, with retail and schools closed, and indoor socializing not permitted.