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Widespread Clampdown Takes Hold, Spanish Emergency: Virus Update

President Trump gives a press briefing about the coronavirus at the White House on March 14.

President Trump gives a press briefing about the coronavirus at the White House on March 14.

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Fear closed the world in on itself as nations, from the U.S. to much of Europe and Latin America, took measures to shield citizens from coronavirus infection.

That meant shutting borders, airports and, in France, its cafes and restaurants. Spain declared an emergency. Italy continued to be battered, reporting 175 new deaths to raise its total to 1,441.

U.S. President Donald Trump took the test for coronavirus and extended travel bans to the U.K. and Ireland. New York City reported its first fatality.