The U.S. Surpasses 400,000 Coronavirus-Related Deaths on Trump’s Final Full Day in Office

Over 400,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the U.S. as of Tuesday, per Johns Hopkins data.

Why it matters: It only took a little over a month for the U.S. to reach this mass casualty after 300,000 COVID deaths were reported last month. That’s over 100,000 fatalities in 36 days.

  • The grave loss of life also comes on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration — Trump’s final full day in office — and underscores the magnitude of the crisis that his administration will inherit. He has tried to prepare the country for “a very, very, very dark winter,” as described by incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain.

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