A never-before-seen deadly virus first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan has infected people in China and around the world with a pneumonia-like illness. The disease has caused alarm worldwide, from Australia to Italy, Iran to Japan, Singapore to the US.
Here are some scenes from around the globe, starting with the most recent, as scientists, governments and citizens struggle to understand and contain the illness.?
Zhou Qiong, a doctor in the department of respiratory medicine at Union Hospital in Wuhan, China, is a member of an "assault team" formed to fight the coronavirus. The hospital is affiliated with Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
787彩票开户Residents of New Rochelle, New York, receive bags of free food at a community center on March 18. US National Guard troops have been assisting local staff in distributing food in the city, which has been a hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic.
787彩票开户Kids in Portland, Maine, settle in for a day of home schooling. A growing list of states across the US, including Ohio, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia, have closed schools in an attempt to contain the coronavirus. Major cities including New York City and Los Angeles have done the same.?
A emergency public safety text message alerts residents of Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area to a shelter-in-place order going into effect until Tuesday April 7. San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the measures March 16 at a joint press conference with leaders of the surrounding six counties. The order requires residents to stay at home except for essential needs. Most businesses will close, though?"necessary government functions and essential stores" will still be open.
Travelers arrive at the international terminal of Chicago's O'Hare Airport on March 15. Chaos gripped it and other major US airports as Americans returning from European countries hit by the coronavirus overwhelmed authorities attempting to process the surge. Passengers complained of lines that lasted for hours, crowded and unsanitary conditions and general disarray in the system for screening people for symptoms of the virus.
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March 13: Warning sign
787彩票开户At a bus station in Krakow, Poland, an electronic sign urges travelers to alert their health care provider if they've been exposed to the coronavirus or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the disease the virus causes.
787彩票开户pers across the US have been clearing store shelves of cleaning supplies and groceries, as here at a Giant Supermarket in Dunkirk, Maryland. People are preparing for long stays at home as offices shift to remote working and schools shut down.
On March 12, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down around 2,350 points, or 10 percent, suffering its worst session since 1987 as emergency measures by central banks failed to calm fears of a recession arising from the coronavirus outbreak.
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March 11: WHO declares a pandemic
787彩票开户World Health Organization technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove talks during a March 11 daily press briefing on COVID-19 at WHO headquarters in Geneva. At the briefing, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that the coronavirus outbreak can now be characterized as a pandemic.?
787彩票开户A view of the empty stands at the Are ski resort in northern Sweden. Like many cultural and sporting events around the world, the Alpine skiing World Cup finals this weekend have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. On March 11, Sweden's Public Health Agency asked the government to temporarily ban events with more than 500 people.
People walk through downtown New Rochelle, New York, on March 10. The city just north of Manhattan has become the state's largest source of COVID-19 infections, prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to announce that officials will be implementing a one-mile-radius "containment area" around the epicenter of the outbreak there to try to halt the spread of coronavirus. ?
Market Street in downtown San Francisco, usually a bustling thoroughfare on Tuesday midday, appears virtually empty. Employees around the country are working remotely to protect themselves from coronavirus.?
Prisoners at the San Vittore Prison in Milan protest against their treatment during the coronavirus outbreak on March 9. The same day, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that the entire country was going into lockdown, a dramatic extension of restrictions that previously affected only the north.?
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March 8: Italy on lockdown
Medical officers in Salerno, Italy, check bus passengers on March 8. After Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte decided to prolong school closures until April 3 and attempt to lock down 16 million people in the north in an attempt to curb the virus' spread, many people are traveling to southern Italy to reach relatives.?
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March 8: Empty Italian streets
787彩票开户A street in Venice, Italy, is empty March 8, the day after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a "national emergency" and imposed quarantines on the Lombardy and Veneto regions, which contain roughly a quarter of the country's population. Italy currently has the highest number of cases and fatalities in Europe.
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March 8: Another cruise ship on hold
787彩票开户A woman gestures from aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship, operated by Princess Cruises, as it maintains a holding pattern about 25 miles off the coast of San Francisco on March 8. More than 20 people on the ship with 3,500 passengers and crew members have tested positive for the coronavirus.?
787彩票开户As the US State Department issued an advisory Sunday warning citizens against traveling on cruise ships, California prepared to dock the ship at the Port of Oakland and begin disembarking Grand Princess passengers, who will not be released to the general public.?
787彩票开户Quarantined students in the dorm of St. Petersburg, Russia's Mechnikov North-Western State Medical University on March 8. After having contact with a foreign citizen infected with COVID-19, the students have to spend 10 more days in the quarantine area to contain the possible spread of the coronavirus.?
In Ankara, Turkey, on Feb. 25, an ambulance transports passengers and crew of a Turkish Airlines plane from Tehran to a local hospital for a 14-day quarantine and to be tested for possible coronavirus infection.
Epidemiologist Dr. Bruce Aylward, of the World Health Organization, shows graphics documenting the coronavirus outbreak at a press conference in Geneva on Feb. 25.
A day earlier, had, as of that morning, reported more than 77,000 cases of COVID-19, including more than 2,600 deaths. It also said that the epidemic peaked and plateaued there between Jan. 23 and Feb. 2, and has been declining steadily since then. Outside China, there were at that point 2,074 cases in 28 countries, and 23 deaths. WHO noted that the sudden increase in cases in Italy, Iran and South Korea were "deeply concerning" but that all countries should have confidence that "this virus can be contained."
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Feb. 12: MWC canceled
Mobile World Congress, the biggest event of the year for the mobile phone industry, was scheduled to take place the week of Feb. 24. But with less than two weeks to go before the show, as more and more companies pulled out because of coronavirus worries, MWC officials canceled the event.
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Feb. 7: Mourning whistleblower Dr. Li Wenliang
A card with a portrait of Dr. Li Wenliang is surrounded by flowers at Li's hospital in Wuhan on Feb. 7. The 34-year-old Chinese doctor is considered a whistleblower for speaking out about the rising cases of pneumonia in an online chat room during the early days of the outbreak. He passed away Feb. 6 as a result of the virus.?
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Feb. 7: Another cruise ship quarantined
787彩票开户A Dream World cruise ship docks at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Kowloon Bya, Hong Kong, on Feb. 7. Authorities are keeping 3,600 passengers and crew members under quarantine due to concerns they were inadvertently exposed to the coronavirus by eight passengers from mainland China.?
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization's director-general, speaks during a press conference in Geneva on Jan.30. The same day, the UN health agency declared an international emergency over the coronavirus, a rarely used designation meant to help with improved international coordination in tackling the disease.
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Jan. 30: Cruise ship grounded
787彩票开户The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is seen docked at the Italian port of Civitavecchia. A passenger showed symptoms of the coronavirus on Jan. 30. Around 6,000 passengers of the ship were quarantined after a Chinese woman fell ill.?
An Indonesian health official checks the temperature of a passenger upon his arrival at the Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport in Blang Bintang on Jan. 27. By that date, an effective quarantine was in place in China, with all flights in and out of Wuhan grounded and a ban on Chinese tour groups domestically and abroad.
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Jan. 27: Market fears
787彩票开户Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as the week kicked off Jan. 27. US stocks fell sharply in morning trading as fears over the spreading coronavirus continue to unsettle global markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 400 points after the opening bell. Markets recovered, but...
A month later, on Feb. 24, the more than 1,000 points, for its biggest daily decline since 2018.
787彩票开户Wary of the coronavirus, people in Hong Kong wear surgical masks in public. On Jan. 25, Hong Kong declared a citywide emergency, its highest warning level, canceling all official Chinese New Year celebrations and extending school breaks for the holiday until Feb. 17.
A worker in protective gear in Seoul, South Korea, sprays disinfectant in a train on Jan. 24 amid rising public concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, which medical experts confirmed can be passed from human to human.?
A notice at Japan's Narita airport on Jan. 24 shows a canceled flight to Wuhan, China. Japan is a popular travel destination for Chinese tourists during the Lunar New Year holiday, but on Jan. 25 China said it'd clamp down on travel for some of its citizens heading abroad, including suspending tour groups and temporarily halting the sale of flight and hotel packages.
787彩票开户Virologist Sandro Halbe looks at cell culture dishes in a lab at the Institute of Virology at the Philipps University of Marburg in Germany on Jan. 24. Virologists at the university are involved in the development of a vaccine to combat the lung pathogen.?