A version of this story appeared in the April 11 edition of CNN’s Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. Sign up here to receive the need-to-know headlines every weekday. (CNN)Half a million Americans have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. The grim statistic means that almost one in three cases worldwide is found in the United States. New York state alone has more cases than any other country except the US. As the country recorded the biggest single-day jump in Covid-19 deaths, President Donald Trump announced he will create an “opening our country” taskforce. But as health experts study China and other countries that are starting to lift some of the harshest restrictions, they warn that “opening” the US should not be rushed. Earlier this week, China started allowing healthy people to leave Wuhan, where the outbreak emerged in December. In Europe, several countries are now cautiously following in China’s footsteps, Laura Smith-Spark writes.Though mass gatherings and international travel remain largely off limits, some shops, outdoor exercise centers and schools are beginning to reopen in some countries including the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and Norway. Experts say the countries preparing to ease restrictions have something in common: They were among the

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