A version of this story appeared in the March 17 edition of CNN’s Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. Sign up here to receive the need-to-know headlines every weekday. (CNN)”This is a bad one. This is a very bad one.” With those words, President Donald Trump pivoted to a more serious stance on the coronavirus outbreak in the US, acknowledging the grave reality of the situation and calling for national unity in a news conference where he unveiled a 15-day plan for social distancing and other measures designed to flatten the peak of infections. Though Trump acknowledged “it’s bad in America,” he did not go as far as other world leaders. The European Union is expected to announce the closure of its external borders today, after Emmanuel Macron put France on lockdown yesterday and Boris Johnson called for people to avoid nonessential contact (though critics say Johnson didn’t go far enough). Elsewhere, the prime minister of Malaysia unveiled strict controls on all travel in or out of the country, while around half of the Philippines is now under quarantine.The new shutdown measures come as the number of deaths outside China passed the number inside, and as experts say a global recession

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