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Super Tuesday, Coronavirus, Supreme Court: the Wednesday briefing

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Good morning.

We are covering Super Tuesday results, the spread of coronavirus in the United States and a milestone in Iran’s nuclear program.

Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday that the government had lifted all screening restrictions, although White House officials pointed out that the offer of tests may not immediately meet demand.

Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, is more lethal than seasonal flu but is not transmitted so easily, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, on Tuesday. “Globally, around 3.4% of Covid-19 reported cases have died,” he added. “Seasonal flu generally kills far less than 1 percent of those infected.”

Here are the latest updates and maps of where the virus has spread.

There are currently at least 120 confirmed cases in the United States and nine deaths, all in the Seattle area. Officials said Tuesday that the death of two patients in a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington state last week has now been attributed to the virus, suggesting it circulates in the home longer than previously known.

reported: Epidemiologists say that the risk of transmission associated with the use of public transport is difficult to assess, but New Yorkers tend to spend less time on the subway and buses than other crowded spaces. Here are some tips for staying safe.

Another angle: The Federal Reserve approved the biggest one-off rate cut since the 2008 financial crisis on Tuesday. But our economics correspondent Peter Goodman says the move was the equivalent of “handing over coupons to buyers and shipping them to a closed shop.” Here are the latest market updates.

You interviewed a truck driver from Mongolia who may need a new job because the border with China is closed. How did you find it?

The truck driver, Battogtokh Uurtsaikh, is someone I met in the Gobi desert in October. I was telling a story about how Chinese coal demand plays such an important role in Mongolian life.

I met Mr. Battogtokh on this highway between Mongolia’s largest coal depot and a dusty border town with China. He was with four other young truck drivers who were working together to repair a flat tire and a broken hub on one of their trucks. They grew up together and now travel in a pack, each in their own truck with a walkie-talkie to communicate.

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