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Discussion: COVID-19 is testing emergency preparedness. What's next?

The coronavirus crisis has put hospitals around the globe under incredible stress. Many are asking, “Are we prepared?” The answer seems to increasingly be, “no.” So, what's next? The World's Elana Gordon will be taking your questions and moderating a live discussion with Leonard Marcus from the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Stream that conversation here and on Facebook at 12 p.m. ET, Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

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Signs of hope in Spain and Italy; Stemming the economic impact of COVID-19; South Korea flattened the curve. What happens next?

US officials warn of "our Pearl Harbor moment" as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US nears 340,000. Europe and South Korea may be showing signs of hope. And, how are countries dealing with the economic impact of COVID-19 on their societies and banking systems? Also, the pandemic has changed the way people and products are moving around the world. Some hope that lessons learned can help in the fight against climate change.

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Coronavirus cases pass 1 million; poor communities left vulnerable; love in the time of corona

Global cases of the novel coronavirus have surged past 1 million. In the US, economists predict 30 million people could be out of work by the end of April. Poor communities in Kenya feel particularly vulnerable as the coronavirus spreads and the government enforces brutal crackdown measures. And love in the time of coronavirus: From video-chat first dates to impromptu cohabitation, love will find a way.

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Global leadership withers as strongmen grab power; Unemployment rises, frontline workers fear for livelihoods; Gaza Strip fears spread of the coronavirus

Novel coronavirus cases continue their exponential rise. But desperately needed global leadership is retreating behind national borders — and in some cases, leaders continue to deny the severity of the crisis. Also, unemployment in the US has hit record numbers, and health care workers around the globe continue to face personal and financial risks. And, should Americans be wearing masks in public? When the people are away, the animals will come out to play. In Wales, a herd of goats has taken to the streets of a resort town.

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