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Live updates: Italy surpasses China in coronavirus infections as global total reaches 600,000; Trump calls former troops to active duty for pandemic response

(Ted S. Warren/AP)
(Ted S. Warren/AP)
More than 600,000 people have infected and at least 28,000 killed worldwide. The United States leads the world in infection; Italy has recorded the most deaths.

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In West Virginia, one doctor’s fight to get her town coronavirus tests
When a physician in Beckley, W.Va., learned that covid-19 had made it to her state, she decided to start testing patients in her parking lot.
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