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Coronavirus Explained: What happens next?
Coronavirus - a fast-moving infection originating in China - has spread to more than 70 countries and claimed more than 3,200 lives.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has upgraded the global risk of the coronavirus outbreak to "very high" - its top level of risk assessment.
But the UN body said there was still a chance of containing the virus if its chain of transmission were broken.
WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also stressed that fear and misinformation were the biggest challenges to overcome.
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The Mayor welcomed military medical personnel arriving in New York
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Britain needed a message of hope Sunday. The queen delivered it.
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Hong Kong may have to impose strict lockdown with people told to stay home, government adviser says, amid warnings of third wave of infections
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