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China gets ‘mixed report card’ in its coronavirus response. How will the US do?

Mar 2, 2020

By Laura Geggel

Now that the new coronavirus is expected to spread across the United States, many people are wondering whether the country is up for the challenge.

The first U.S. death linked to the coronavirus was reported in Washington state over the weekend, where officials say up to 1,500 people may have been infected, The New York Times reported. A rising number of cases with unknown origin are being reported in the U.S., indicating community spread to individuals who haven’t traveled to, or been in contact with those who have traveled to impacted areas.

In China, where the virus originated, government officials have put about a half billion people on partial or total lockdown, built two new hospitals with a combined total of 2,600 beds in 12 days and deployed 40,000 health care workers from other parts of China to the outbreak in Wuhan.

So, how is China faring, overall, and how might the U.S. stack up?

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