Virus crisis ebbs in China, spreads fear across the West

LORI HINNANT and KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The coronavirus crisis shifted increasingly westward toward the Mideast, Europe and the United States on Tuesday, with governments taking emergency steps to ease shortages of face masks and other supplies for front-line doctors and nurses. "We are concerned that countries' abilities to respond are being compromised by the severe and increasing disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment, caused by rising demand, hoarding and misuse," said the World Health Organization's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "We can't stop COVID-19 without protecting our health workers." Around the world, deaths in Italy surged to 79, making it the deadliest reported outbreak outside China. Twenty-three members
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