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New testing studies reveal more about spread in some US communities, and overseas, cases rose steadily in many countries, especially Russia and Japan.
In another first, a tiger in New York tested positive, and death rates dropped in some of Europe's hot spots.
The CDC recommends face masks when it's hard to maintain physical distance, such as in grocery stores.
US social distancing steps will extend through April.
US activity is surging in New York and several other states and cities.
New York City cancels schools, the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates, and Italy reports a large spike in cases.
Also, cases continue to surge in South Korea and Italy, and the US reports more positive tests in evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
Korea confirms 379 new cases and 602 overall, and infections in Italy spike to 132.
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