Grim new milestone: US reaches 400,000 COVID-19 deaths

New strains of COVID-19 are emerging, including one from England that could become a dominant virus. Another strain could be responsible for new outbreaks in California.
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move onto the coronavirus emergency and that stunk number we mentioned at the top. More than 400,000 lives lost now. 100,000 lives in just the last month. And tonight, new and highly contagious variants of the virus continuing to appear and can the vaccines stop them, as well? Here's Steve osunsami. Reporter: Together, these faces equal an emergency tragedy. The more than 400,000 people in this country who would be alive today if it weren't for the pandemic. Bells are ringing in every corner of America tonight for the victims. In California, the family of Veronica is beyond heartbroken, their sister leaves behind six children. She was eight months pregnant when she tested positive for the coronavirus, and died just three days after giving birth to a healthy baby girl. We can give all the love and support a family can give but we will never amount to the mother she was. Reporter: In Michigan, bill cynecki is a covid survivor, one of nine people in his family who got sick after celebrating the holidays together. His mother died, and he told the doctor that he believes it's his fault. Because I know I gave it to her. I'm pretty sure I did. And he said, no. He said, bill, at least you didn't have to go on a ventilator for two months and someone reached in and pulled you out from the other side, because you weren't doing well. He said, so, I think she was here with you. Reporter: The president is getting much of the blame. An ABC news Washington post poll shows that only 38% of Americans approve of his handling of the crisis, where early on he predicted that 15 cases would go down to zero. We are doing a great job. It will go away. You know it -- you know it is going away, and it will go away. Reporter: Now there are new strains, including one from England that could become dominant, and could be up to 50% more contagious. And another variant responsible for new outbreaks in northern California. They're now worried what effect this will have on the vaccine. There are now increasing concerns about how this virus is impacting children. Last week, more than 211,000 children in this country were reported sick with the coronavirus. The highest weekly jump since the pandemic began. David? Yeah, that was extraordinary. Steve, thank you.

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