A man walking a dog past graffiti on the Lower Newtownards Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland, March 24. The government has restricted personal movements, asking the public to only leave your home if an essential worker, or for short exercise or collecting food. For some people the COVID-19 coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, but for others it can cause severe illness. (Liam McBurney / PA via AP)
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WASHINGTON — The head of the World Health Organization says the coronavirus outbreak is accelerating but insists “we can change the trajectory of this pandemic.” More than 1.5 billion people — one-fifth of the world’s population — were urged or ordered to stay home Monday to try to blunt the spread of coronavirus.