U.S. crosses 400k COVID-19 deaths, a day before Biden takes over from Trump

The United States crossed 400,000 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, a day before President Donald Trump leaves office and President-elect Joseph R.Biden takes over from him.

According to John Hopkins University data tracking, more than 401k people had been killed by the coronavirus in the United States on Tuesday evening from over 24 million infections.

President Trump is leaving the White House with one of the lowest approval ratings in history and and the worst coronavirus response in the world.

He is also leaving a badly damaged economy and a divided country where white supremacists have found their way into mainstream politics.

Biden, who will be 79 this year, would be the oldest President in the United States’ history. He will likely face many challenges, beginning with the escalating COVID-19 deaths, the damaged economy, immigration, racial justice and climate change.

With a slim majority in Congress, he will would need to move fast before the mid-term elections in 2022.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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