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US mulls using sweeping powers to boost production of virus protective gear

U.S. health officials have told Americans to begin preparing for the spread of the virus in the United States

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President Donald Trump’s administration is considering invoking special powers through a law called the Defense Production Act to rapidly expand domestic manufacturing of protective masks and clothing to combat the coronavirus in the United States, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

The use of the law, passed by Congress in 1950 at the outset of the Korean War, would mark an escalation of the administration’s response to the outbreak. The virus first surfaced in China and has since spread to other countries including the United States.

U.S. health officials have told Americans to begin preparing for the spread of the virus in the

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First Published: Feb 28 2020 | 2:58 AM IST

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