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US dealing with consequences of slow response to coronavirus outbreak

A tour operator, wearing a protective mask, gestures as he leads a tour near the US Capitol in Washington, DC on March 9, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON - As the United States teeters on the brink of an economic downturn and a potentially overwhelmed healthcare system, the coronavirus officially surfaced in the capital over the weekend when Reverend Timothy Cole, rector of Christ Church in upscale Georgetown, Washington, DC, became the city's first confirmed case.

The US has sharply ramped up its response, but experts say it is some two weeks late because of a mix of mistakes and lack of foresight.

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