The international community has been scrambling to confront the global threat of the coronavirus pandemic. So far, multilateral diplomacy hasn't been used to effectively beat back spread of the outbreak. And across much of Asia, it's incredibly hard to find a hospital-grade face mask — so the black market has stepped in. Also, coronavirus-related toilet paper shortages have raised an awkward truth: Americans are outliers globally when it comes to toilet paper usage.
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The number of coronavirus cases outside of China has surpassed those within the country, where the epidemic originally was discovered. Also, governments around the world are taking extraordinatry steps to halt the spread of COVID-19. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in a debate Sunday overshadowed by the virus. And Dr. Anthony Fauci — the US authority on infectious disease — hasn't ruled out the necessity of a national shutdown. A freelancer in Rome shares what lockdown has been like in Italy.
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