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Volunteers clean as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Wat Traimit temple in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday. Thailand’s government has enacted stronger measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. Sakchai Lalit/AP hide caption

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President Trump says the U.S. has reached an agreement with Canada to limit non-essential travel across their mutual border, as governments and people around the world grappled with the growing novel coronavirus pandemic that has upended daily life and sent shockwaves through the global economy.

Developments in the past 24 hours came as the worldwide total of confirmed infections from the virus was set to top 200,000, with some 8,000 dead from the resulting COVID-19 disease.

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