More than 200,000 Americans have died from the new coronavirus, and an average of nearly 1,000 more are dying each day. COVID-19 deaths are rising again in the U.S. after a four-week decline, with Texas and Florida leading the news fatalities, Reuters reports. The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicts 300,000 deaths by Dec. 9 and 378,000 by the end of 2020, if current trends continue. The U.S. has about 4 percent of the world's population and 20 percent of its COVID-19 deaths. Speaking in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence called the death toll "a heartbreaking milestone," but praised the administration's response to the pandemic, saying he knows "in my heart that we have saved hundreds of thousands of American lives."

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