Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 500 words, a 2-minute read.
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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.
The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said today.
Iran now has 245 cases and 26 deaths, has closed schools and canceled its Friday prayers. At least six Iranian government officials have fallen ill, the N.Y. Times reports.
Between the lines: The world's big democracies are suddenly facing internal transmissions, with less police state control to tamp the spread.
The bottom line: "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us," Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today.
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Plans for a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport were put on hold today because of climate change, the BBC reports.
"The judges said that in future, a third runway could go ahead, as long as it fits with the UK's climate policy."
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Dunkin' will be selling sleeves of bacon, the coffee chain announced today.