The United States recorded yet another lamentable milestone Tuesday, as data from Johns Hopkins University shows the country has surpassed 400,000 COVID-19 deaths. The U.S. continues to lead the world in fatalities; Brazil has the world's second-highest number of coronavirus deaths, with more than 210,000 victims. It took just one month for U.S. COVID-19 fatalities to jump from 300,000 to 400,000. The pandemic remains widespread in every state, though there's been a faint glimmer of hope that infections have begun to trend downward in recent days. Regardless, experts believe there's still a long road ahead and — even with a massive, albeit slower-than-expected vaccination drive underway — the death toll could reach 500,000 by the end of February.

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