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Pictures of the Year: Top images from 2020(54 images)

2020 has been a year unlike any other, with the world coming to a virtual standstill amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected every aspect of life. UPI photographers around the United States and the world captured the year from all angles. Here are some of the most striking images.

Some 20,000 American flags are placed by the COVID Memorial Project on the National Mall to represent the 200,000 Americans who had died due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Washington, D.C., on September 21. The death toll has since surged even higher. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
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A protester participates in a rally at the U.S. Capitol against police brutality and the death of George Floyd on June 3. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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A worshipper has their temperature taken with an infrared thermometer at the entrance of Asakusa Shrine in Tokyo on October 18. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
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A child wears a face shield while playing near an open fire hydrant as temperatures reached around 90 degrees in a summer of extremely hot and humid weather in New York City on July 29, 2020. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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