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Is the U.S. ready for a coronavirus outbreak? Coronavirus cases in China topped 81,000 on Wednesday, as the outbreak of the flu-like illness hits its ninth week. But in just six days, coronavirus cases outside of China have increased significantly, more than doubling since Friday. On Wednesday, more new cases were reported outside of China than inside the country for the first time since global health officials began tracking the virus. The spike in cases outside of China has caused investigators and researchers to fear that the infection is on the verge of becoming a pandemic. At a Monday press conference, officials from the World Health Organization stopped short of calling the outbreak... Full story

27 February