Virus crisis tracks West, ebbing in China; Fed slashes rates

LORI HINNANT and KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The coronavirus crisis shifted increasingly westward toward Europe and the United States on Tuesday, with governments taking emergency steps to ease shortages of face masks for front-line doctors and nurses and the U.S. Federal Reserve announcing the biggest interest-rate cut in over a decade to fend off damage to the economy. The virus reached deep into Iran's government, where 23 members of Parliament and the head of the country's emergency services were reported infected. South Korea started drive-thru testing. The French government announced it would requisition supplies of protective masks, while the U.S. relaxed restrictions on the kind of masks American health care workers can use. In Spain's Basque region, where at
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