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Bodies are moved to a refrigeration truck serving as a temporary morgue at Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday extended a shutdown in the epicenter of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic until near the end of the month. Cuomo said the COVID-19 death rate in New York was "effectively flat" for the past two days but announced that schools and non-essential businesses must stay shut until April 29. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith
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Nurse Amy O’Sullivan, walks outside of Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday extended a shutdown in the epicenter of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic until near the end of the month. Cuomo said the COVID-19 death rate in New York was "effectively flat" for the past two days but announced that schools and non-essential businesses must stay shut until April 29. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith
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A medical worker walks to a refrigeration truck serving as a temporary morgue at Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday extended a shutdown in the epicenter of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic until near the end of the month. Cuomo said the COVID-19 death rate in New York was "effectively flat" for the past two days but announced that schools and non-essential businesses must stay shut until April 29. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith
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A sign is seen in front of St. James Church calling off Holy Day Week services in Ferndale, Michigan on April 6, 2020. More than 10,000 people have died of coronavirus complications in the United States since the outbreak began in late January, John Hopkins University said Monday. / AFP / JEFF KOWALSKY
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Bodies are moved to a refrigeration truck serving as a temporary morgue at Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday extended a shutdown in the epicenter of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic until near the end of the month. Cuomo said the COVID-19 death rate in New York was "effectively flat" for the past two days but announced that schools and non-essential businesses must stay shut until April 29. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith
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Nurse Amy O’Sullivan, walks outside of Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday extended a shutdown in the epicenter of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic until near the end of the month. Cuomo said the COVID-19 death rate in New York was "effectively flat" for the past two days but announced that schools and non-essential businesses must stay shut until April 29. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith
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A desolate Jefferson Avenue in the middle of the day is viewed in Detroit, Michigan on April 6, 2020. More than 10,000 people have died of coronavirus complications in the United States since the outbreak began in late January, John Hopkins University said Monday. / AFP / JEFF KOWALSKY
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Emergency Medical technicians bring a patient into Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday extended a shutdown in the epicenter of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic until near the end of the month. Cuomo said the COVID-19 death rate in New York was "effectively flat" for the past two days but announced that schools and non-essential businesses must stay shut until April 29. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith
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A few people wait for a bus on Woodward Ave. in Detroit, Michigan on April 6, 2020. More than 10,000 people have died of coronavirus complications in the United States since the outbreak began in late January, John Hopkins University said Monday. / AFP / JEFF KOWALSKY
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Emergency Medical Technicians bring a patient into Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday extended a shutdown in the epicenter of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic until near the end of the month. Cuomo said the COVID-19 death rate in New York was "effectively flat" for the past two days but announced that schools and non-essential businesses must stay shut until April 29. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith
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An Emergency Medical Technician wearing ski goggles brings a patient into Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday extended a shutdown in the epicenter of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic until near the end of the month. Cuomo said the COVID-19 death rate in New York was "effectively flat" for the past two days but announced that schools and non-essential businesses must stay shut until April 29. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith
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Emergency Medical Technicians bring a patient into Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday extended a shutdown in the epicenter of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic until near the end of the month. Cuomo said the COVID-19 death rate in New York was "effectively flat" for the past two days but announced that schools and non-essential businesses must stay shut until April 29. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith
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Nurse Amy O’Sullivan, walks outside of Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday extended a shutdown in the epicenter of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic until near the end of the month. Cuomo said the COVID-19 death rate in New York was "effectively flat" for the past two days but announced that schools and non-essential businesses must stay shut until April 29. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith
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Emergency Medical Technicians bring a patient into Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday extended a shutdown in the epicenter of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic until near the end of the month. Cuomo said the COVID-19 death rate in New York was "effectively flat" for the past two days but announced that schools and non-essential businesses must stay shut until April 29. / AFP / Bryan R. Smith
Updated 06 April 2020

How the coronavirus conquered America, and ways to fight back

Early complacency, testing failures and the lack of a nationwide response allowed the coronavirus to explode in the US, which has by far the highest number of confirmed cases in the world.
But while hotspots like New York face a dire lack of protective gear, ventilators and medics, early-hit regions like Washington state and California show there is a pathway out of the public health crisis.