Hong Kong (CNN)New questions are being raised over just when China understood the potential severity of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, and how long the country’s leaders sat on critical information that might have helped stave off a global pandemic.

According to a new report by the Associated Press, based on leaked documents from a confidential teleconference with China’s National Health Commission, China’s leaders allegedly failed to notify the public about the looming crisis during a critical six-day period despite their own internal evidence painting a dire portrait. That six day delay is alleged to have resulted in more than 3,000 people becoming infected in China, laying the groundwork for an outbreak that has swept the world.The internal documents show that even as officials were downplaying the potential risk of the virus in public, a top Chinese health adviser warned it was “the most severe challenge since SARS in 2003 and is likely to develop into a major public health event.”In particular, the AP’s report alleges that Chinese officials had evidence of clusters of cases suggesting human-to-human transmission on January 14. While Wuhan officials did say on January 15 that the possibility of such transmission “cannot be excluded,” it was not until January 20 that China said publicly that it was definitely taking place and urged greater caution to avoid infection.Chinese government spokespeople have consistently denied accusations the government covered up key information, even as Beijing has faced increasing criticism from Washington and elsewhere for its alleged lack of transparency early on in the pandemic.Read MoreCNN has reached out to China’s National Health Commission to comment on the AP report.A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry was questioned about the AP report on Wednesday but said that he had not seen the report.”In an open, transparent and responsible manner, China has kept the WHO (World Health Organization) and relevant countries and regions updated on the outbreak,” he said.”Those who accuse China of being non-transparent are unjust and insulting to the great sacrifices made by the Chinese people.”Early daysCases of what we now know as the novel coronavirus were first detected in central China in mid-December 2019, and an official alert went out to the WHO on December 31, warning of a cluster of pneumonia cases. On January 20, Chinese President Xi Jinping publicly commented on the outbreak and ordered “resolute efforts” to contain it. CNN has previously reported that, behind the scenes, Xi was personally involved in the response by January 7 at the latest. During that 13-day period, officials in Hubei held two key provincial Party meetings and Wuhan invited more than 40,000 families to attend a mass banquet in an attempt to set a world record. It’s also when officials in both Wuhan and Hubei appeared to downplay the outbreak, an assessment that was repeated by state officials: Wang Guangfa, head of a team of researchers sent from Beijing to investigate the situation, said on January 11 that it was under control.Wang, like others on the front line during the initial outbreak, was subsequently diagnosed with the virus.Provincial officials have faced intense criticism for their handling of the crisis during this period, coming as it did in the run up to the Lunar New Year travel period, in which hundreds of millions of people criss-cross the country. Passenger screening was not put in place in Wuhan — itself a major international and domestic travel hub — until January 14 and further restrictions over a week later.Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang later admitted that the city’s “warnings were not sufficient,” and offered to resign.”We understand that the public is unsatisfied with our information disclosure. On one hand, we failed to disclose relevant information in a timely manner; on the other, we did not make sufficient use of valid information to improve our work,” Zhou said in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV. “As for the late disclosure, I hope the public can understand that it’s an infectious disease, and relevant information should be released according to the law. As a local government, we can only disclose information after being authorized.”Novice Buddhist monks wear face shields at a the Molilokayaram Educational Institute in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday, April 15.Novice Buddhist monks wear face shields at a the Molilokayaram Educational Institute in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday, April 15. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Novice Buddhist monks wear face shields at a the Molilokayaram Educational Institute in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday, April 15.Hide Caption 1 of 225A woman sits on a bench at an empty metro station in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 15.A woman sits on a bench at an empty metro station in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 15. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A woman sits on a bench at an empty metro station in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 15.Hide Caption 2 of 225Health workers in Barcelona, Spain, acknowledge people who were showing their support from their balconies and windows.Health workers in Barcelona, Spain, acknowledge people who were showing their support from their balconies and windows. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Health workers in Barcelona, Spain, acknowledge people who were showing their support from their balconies and windows.Hide Caption 3 of 225South Korean election officials sort out <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/15/asia/south-korea-election-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">parliamentary ballots </a>at a gymnasium in Seoul on April 15.South Korean election officials sort out <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/15/asia/south-korea-election-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">parliamentary ballots </a>at a gymnasium in Seoul on April 15. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak South Korean election officials sort out parliamentary ballots at a gymnasium in Seoul on April 15.Hide Caption 4 of 225Workers from the garment sector in Dhaka, Bangladesh, block a road during a protest demanding payment of unpaid wages.Workers from the garment sector in Dhaka, Bangladesh, block a road during a protest demanding payment of unpaid wages. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Workers from the garment sector in Dhaka, Bangladesh, block a road during a protest demanding payment of unpaid wages.Hide Caption 5 of 225A woman meets with her son in a "Quarantainer," a container devised to allow people to visit each other without risking the spread of coronavirus, at a care center in Utrecht, Netherlands, on Tuesday, April 14.A woman meets with her son in a "Quarantainer," a container devised to allow people to visit each other without risking the spread of coronavirus, at a care center in Utrecht, Netherlands, on Tuesday, April 14. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A woman meets with her son in a “Quarantainer,” a container devised to allow people to visit each other without risking the spread of coronavirus, at a care center in Utrecht, Netherlands, on Tuesday, April 14.Hide Caption 6 of 225Firefighters transfer a patient from an ambulance in Montpelier, France, on April 14.Firefighters transfer a patient from an ambulance in Montpelier, France, on April 14. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Firefighters transfer a patient from an ambulance in Montpelier, France, on April 14.Hide Caption 7 of 225A cemetery worker pauses while digging graves at the San Vicente cemetery in Cordoba, Argentina, on April 14.A cemetery worker pauses while digging graves at the San Vicente cemetery in Cordoba, Argentina, on April 14. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A cemetery worker pauses while digging graves at the San Vicente cemetery in Cordoba, Argentina, on April 14.Hide Caption 8 of 225Workers produce protective face masks at a new factory near Tehran, Iran, on April 14.Workers produce protective face masks at a new factory near Tehran, Iran, on April 14. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Workers produce protective face masks at a new factory near Tehran, Iran, on April 14.Hide Caption 9 of 225Medical workers in Istanbul clap for 107-year-old Havahan Karadeniz as she is discharged from the hospital on Monday, April 13. She had just recovered from the coronavirus.Medical workers in Istanbul clap for 107-year-old Havahan Karadeniz as she is discharged from the hospital on Monday, April 13. She had just recovered from the coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Medical workers in Istanbul clap for 107-year-old Havahan Karadeniz as she is discharged from the hospital on Monday, April 13. She had just recovered from the coronavirus.Hide Caption 10 of 225People in Seoul, South Korea, listen to a speech from Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is campaigning for the upcoming <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/13/asia/elections-coronavirus-pandemic-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">parliamentary elections.</a>People in Seoul, South Korea, listen to a speech from Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is campaigning for the upcoming <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/13/asia/elections-coronavirus-pandemic-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">parliamentary elections.</a> Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People in Seoul, South Korea, listen to a speech from Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is campaigning for the upcoming parliamentary elections.Hide Caption 11 of 225A flower shop employee destroys unsold flowers in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 13.A flower shop employee destroys unsold flowers in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 13. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A flower shop employee destroys unsold flowers in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 13.Hide Caption 12 of 225A police officer requests that people return to return to their homes during a gathering that marked the Bisket Jatra festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal.A police officer requests that people return to return to their homes during a gathering that marked the Bisket Jatra festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A police officer requests that people return to return to their homes during a gathering that marked the Bisket Jatra festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal.Hide Caption 13 of 225A doctor in a protective chamber tests a patient for coronavirus at a walk-in kiosk in Chennai, India, on April 13.A doctor in a protective chamber tests a patient for coronavirus at a walk-in kiosk in Chennai, India, on April 13. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A doctor in a protective chamber tests a patient for coronavirus at a walk-in kiosk in Chennai, India, on April 13.Hide Caption 14 of 225Musicians play their instruments for a retirement home in Karben, Germany, on April 13.Musicians play their instruments for a retirement home in Karben, Germany, on April 13. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Musicians play their instruments for a retirement home in Karben, Germany, on April 13.Hide Caption 15 of 225A woman covers herself with plastic as heavy rain falls outside a New York hospital on April 13.A woman covers herself with plastic as heavy rain falls outside a New York hospital on April 13. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A woman covers herself with plastic as heavy rain falls outside a New York hospital on April 13.Hide Caption 16 of 225People in Jerusalem attend the funeral of Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Israel's former chief rabbi who died from coronavirus complications.People in Jerusalem attend the funeral of Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Israel's former chief rabbi who died from coronavirus complications. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People in Jerusalem attend the funeral of Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Israel’s former chief rabbi who died from coronavirus complications.Hide Caption 17 of 225In Rio de Janeiro, the Christ the Redeemer statue was illuminated to make Christ look like a doctor on Sunday, April 12.In Rio de Janeiro, the Christ the Redeemer statue was illuminated to make Christ look like a doctor on Sunday, April 12. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak In Rio de Janeiro, the Christ the Redeemer statue was illuminated to make Christ look like a doctor on Sunday, April 12.Hide Caption 18 of 225Pedro Opeka, founder of the <a href="http://www.amicipadrepedro.org/en/akamasoa/" target="_blank">Akamasoa Association,</a> conducts the traditional Easter Mass in a granite quarry while maintaining social distancing in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on April 12.Pedro Opeka, founder of the <a href="http://www.amicipadrepedro.org/en/akamasoa/" target="_blank">Akamasoa Association,</a> conducts the traditional Easter Mass in a granite quarry while maintaining social distancing in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on April 12. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Pedro Opeka, founder of the Akamasoa Association, conducts the traditional Easter Mass in a granite quarry while maintaining social distancing in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on April 12.Hide Caption 19 of 225Bodies are stored in a vacant room at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit. Two sources told CNN that at least one room, which is typically used for studies on sleeping habits, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/13/health/detroit-hospital-bodies-coronavirus-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">was used to store bodies</a> because the morgue was full and morgue staff did not work at night.Bodies are stored in a vacant room at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit. Two sources told CNN that at least one room, which is typically used for studies on sleeping habits, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/13/health/detroit-hospital-bodies-coronavirus-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">was used to store bodies</a> because the morgue was full and morgue staff did not work at night. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Bodies are stored in a vacant room at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit. Two sources told CNN that at least one room, which is typically used for studies on sleeping habits, was used to store bodies because the morgue was full and morgue staff did not work at night.Hide Caption 20 of 225A couple stands in a park along the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China.A couple stands in a park along the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A couple stands in a park along the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China.Hide Caption 21 of 225Priest-in-charge Angie Smith uses her phone to broadcast an Easter service from a churchyard in Hartley Wintney, England, on April 12.Priest-in-charge Angie Smith uses her phone to broadcast an Easter service from a churchyard in Hartley Wintney, England, on April 12. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Priest-in-charge Angie Smith uses her phone to broadcast an Easter service from a churchyard in Hartley Wintney, England, on April 12.Hide Caption 22 of 225Children wave to a person dressed as the Easter Bunny during a neighborhood parade in Haverford, Pennsylvania, on Friday, April 10.Children wave to a person dressed as the Easter Bunny during a neighborhood parade in Haverford, Pennsylvania, on Friday, April 10. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Children wave to a person dressed as the Easter Bunny during a neighborhood parade in Haverford, Pennsylvania, on Friday, April 10.Hide Caption 23 of 225Health workers in Leganes, Spain, cry during a memorial for a co-worker who died because of the coronavirus.Health workers in Leganes, Spain, cry during a memorial for a co-worker who died because of the coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Health workers in Leganes, Spain, cry during a memorial for a co-worker who died because of the coronavirus.Hide Caption 24 of 225Volunteers spray disinfectant in a favela in Rio de Janeiro on April 10.Volunteers spray disinfectant in a favela in Rio de Janeiro on April 10. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Volunteers spray disinfectant in a favela in Rio de Janeiro on April 10.Hide Caption 25 of 225Bodies are buried on New York's Hart Island on Thursday, April 9. New York City officials say that Hart Island, which for decades has been used as the final resting place for people who died unclaimed, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/10/us/new-york-hart-island-burials/index.html" target="_blank">will also be used for unclaimed coronavirus victims.</a>Bodies are buried on New York's Hart Island on Thursday, April 9. New York City officials say that Hart Island, which for decades has been used as the final resting place for people who died unclaimed, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/10/us/new-york-hart-island-burials/index.html" target="_blank">will also be used for unclaimed coronavirus victims.</a> Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Bodies are buried on New York’s Hart Island on Thursday, April 9. New York City officials say that Hart Island, which for decades has been used as the final resting place for people who died unclaimed, will also be used for unclaimed coronavirus victims.Hide Caption 26 of 225A health care worker holds the hand of a coronavirus patient being moved at a hospital near Barcelona, Spain, on April 9.A health care worker holds the hand of a coronavirus patient being moved at a hospital near Barcelona, Spain, on April 9. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A health care worker holds the hand of a coronavirus patient being moved at a hospital near Barcelona, Spain, on April 9.Hide Caption 27 of 225Service boats spray water in London to show support for health care workers on April 9.Service boats spray water in London to show support for health care workers on April 9. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Service boats spray water in London to show support for health care workers on April 9.Hide Caption 28 of 225Employees of Hyundai Card, a credit card company, sit behind protective screens as they eat in an office cafeteria in Seoul, South Korea, on April 9.Employees of Hyundai Card, a credit card company, sit behind protective screens as they eat in an office cafeteria in Seoul, South Korea, on April 9. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Employees of Hyundai Card, a credit card company, sit behind protective screens as they eat in an office cafeteria in Seoul, South Korea, on April 9.Hide Caption 29 of 225People wait in their cars for the San Antonio Food Bank to begin food distribution on April 9.People wait in their cars for the San Antonio Food Bank to begin food distribution on April 9. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People wait in their cars for the San Antonio Food Bank to begin food distribution on April 9.Hide Caption 30 of 225A worker disinfects a carved cross at the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Colombia, on April 8.A worker disinfects a carved cross at the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Colombia, on April 8. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A worker disinfects a carved cross at the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Colombia, on April 8.Hide Caption 31 of 225A cake shop employee in Athens, Greece, prepares chocolate Easter bunnies with face masks on April 8.A cake shop employee in Athens, Greece, prepares chocolate Easter bunnies with face masks on April 8. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A cake shop employee in Athens, Greece, prepares chocolate Easter bunnies with face masks on April 8.Hide Caption 32 of 225Californians Sarah and Aaron Sanders, along with their children, use video conferencing to celebrate a Passover Seder with other family members on April 8.Californians Sarah and Aaron Sanders, along with their children, use video conferencing to celebrate a Passover Seder with other family members on April 8. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Californians Sarah and Aaron Sanders, along with their children, use video conferencing to celebrate a Passover Seder with other family members on April 8.Hide Caption 33 of 225A medical staff member from China's Jilin province, center, cries while hugging nurses from Wuhan on April 8. Wuhan was <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/07/asia/coronavirus-wuhan-lockdown-lifted-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">reopening its borders</a> after 76 days.A medical staff member from China's Jilin province, center, cries while hugging nurses from Wuhan on April 8. Wuhan was <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/07/asia/coronavirus-wuhan-lockdown-lifted-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">reopening its borders</a> after 76 days. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A medical staff member from China’s Jilin province, center, cries while hugging nurses from Wuhan on April 8. Wuhan was reopening its borders after 76 days.Hide Caption 34 of 225Cars in Wuhan line up to leave at a highway toll station.Cars in Wuhan line up to leave at a highway toll station. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Cars in Wuhan line up to leave at a highway toll station.Hide Caption 35 of 225Rabbi Yaakov Kotlarsky places Passover Seder to-go packages into a car trunk in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on April 7.Rabbi Yaakov Kotlarsky places Passover Seder to-go packages into a car trunk in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on April 7. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Rabbi Yaakov Kotlarsky places Passover Seder to-go packages into a car trunk in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on April 7.Hide Caption 36 of 225A woman in London shows her support for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on April 7. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/06/uk/boris-johnson-coronavirus-hospital-gbr-intl/index.html" target="_blank">Johnson was hospitalized</a> after his coronavirus symptoms "worsened," according to his office.A woman in London shows her support for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on April 7. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/06/uk/boris-johnson-coronavirus-hospital-gbr-intl/index.html" target="_blank">Johnson was hospitalized</a> after his coronavirus symptoms "worsened," according to his office. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A woman in London shows her support for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on April 7. Johnson was hospitalized after his coronavirus symptoms “worsened,” according to his office.Hide Caption 37 of 225A voter checks in to cast a ballot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7. The state was going through with <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/07/politics/wisconsin-primary-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank">its presidential primary</a> despite the pandemic.A voter checks in to cast a ballot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7. The state was going through with <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/07/politics/wisconsin-primary-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank">its presidential primary</a> despite the pandemic. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A voter checks in to cast a ballot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7. The state was going through with its presidential primary despite the pandemic.Hide Caption 38 of 225A man is sprayed with disinfectant prior to going to a market in Tirana, Albania, on Monday, April 6.A man is sprayed with disinfectant prior to going to a market in Tirana, Albania, on Monday, April 6. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A man is sprayed with disinfectant prior to going to a market in Tirana, Albania, on Monday, April 6.Hide Caption 39 of 225Izzie, left, and Tippi wear ventilated dog masks in Philadelphia on April 6.Izzie, left, and Tippi wear ventilated dog masks in Philadelphia on April 6. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Izzie, left, and Tippi wear ventilated dog masks in Philadelphia on April 6.Hide Caption 40 of 225People wait in line to bury loved ones at a cemetery in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on April 6. In some parts of the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/03/americas/guayaquil-ecuador-overwhelmed-coronavirus-intl/index.html" target="_blank">overwhelmed city,</a> bodies have been left on the streets. People wait in line to bury loved ones at a cemetery in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on April 6. In some parts of the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/03/americas/guayaquil-ecuador-overwhelmed-coronavirus-intl/index.html" target="_blank">overwhelmed city,</a> bodies have been left on the streets. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People wait in line to bury loved ones at a cemetery in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on April 6. In some parts of the overwhelmed city, bodies have been left on the streets. Hide Caption 41 of 225Police detain a doctor in Quetta, Pakistan, who was among dozens of health care workers protesting a lack of personal protective equipment on April 6.Police detain a doctor in Quetta, Pakistan, who was among dozens of health care workers protesting a lack of personal protective equipment on April 6. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Police detain a doctor in Quetta, Pakistan, who was among dozens of health care workers protesting a lack of personal protective equipment on April 6.Hide Caption 42 of 225A Catholic priest sprinkles holy water on devotees during Palm Sunday celebrations in Quezon City, Philippines, on Sunday, April 5.A Catholic priest sprinkles holy water on devotees during Palm Sunday celebrations in Quezon City, Philippines, on Sunday, April 5. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A Catholic priest sprinkles holy water on devotees during Palm Sunday celebrations in Quezon City, Philippines, on Sunday, April 5.Hide Caption 43 of 225People shine lights from their balcony during a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/05/world/india-coronavirus-candlelight-vigil/index.html" target="_blank">nationwide candlelight vigil</a> in Bangalore, India, on April 5.People shine lights from their balcony during a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/05/world/india-coronavirus-candlelight-vigil/index.html" target="_blank">nationwide candlelight vigil</a> in Bangalore, India, on April 5. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People shine lights from their balcony during a nationwide candlelight vigil in Bangalore, India, on April 5.Hide Caption 44 of 225A woman in Glasgow, Scotland, watches Britain's Queen Elizabeth II <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/05/uk/queen-elizabeth-ii-coronavirus-address-gbr-intl/index.html" target="_blank">give a television address</a> regarding the coronavirus pandemic.A woman in Glasgow, Scotland, watches Britain's Queen Elizabeth II <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/05/uk/queen-elizabeth-ii-coronavirus-address-gbr-intl/index.html" target="_blank">give a television address</a> regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A woman in Glasgow, Scotland, watches Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II give a television address regarding the coronavirus pandemic.Hide Caption 45 of 225Paramilitary members unload provisions in Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday, April 4. It was the first day of government food distribution for people affected by the nation's lockdown.Paramilitary members unload provisions in Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday, April 4. It was the first day of government food distribution for people affected by the nation's lockdown. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Paramilitary members unload provisions in Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday, April 4. It was the first day of government food distribution for people affected by the nation’s lockdown.Hide Caption 46 of 225A police officer wearing a coronavirus-themed outfit walks in a market in Chennai, India, to raise awareness about social distancing.A police officer wearing a coronavirus-themed outfit walks in a market in Chennai, India, to raise awareness about social distancing. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A police officer wearing a coronavirus-themed outfit walks in a market in Chennai, India, to raise awareness about social distancing.Hide Caption 47 of 225A woman in Moscow cooks while watching Russian President Vladimir Putin address the nation over the coronavirus pandemic.A woman in Moscow cooks while watching Russian President Vladimir Putin address the nation over the coronavirus pandemic. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A woman in Moscow cooks while watching Russian President Vladimir Putin address the nation over the coronavirus pandemic.Hide Caption 48 of 225The hashtag "stayhome" is projected onto the Matterhorn mountain that straddles Switzerland and Italy on April 1. The mountain was illuminated by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter, who is transforming buildings, monuments and landscapes all over the world to raise awareness during the pandemic. The hashtag "stayhome" is projected onto the Matterhorn mountain that straddles Switzerland and Italy on April 1. The mountain was illuminated by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter, who is transforming buildings, monuments and landscapes all over the world to raise awareness during the pandemic. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak The hashtag “stayhome” is projected onto the Matterhorn mountain that straddles Switzerland and Italy on April 1. The mountain was illuminated by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter, who is transforming buildings, monuments and landscapes all over the world to raise awareness during the pandemic. Hide Caption 49 of 225Volunteers load food bags on a truck to deliver them to low-income families in Panama City, Panama, on April 1.Volunteers load food bags on a truck to deliver them to low-income families in Panama City, Panama, on April 1. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Volunteers load food bags on a truck to deliver them to low-income families in Panama City, Panama, on April 1.Hide Caption 50 of 225Designer Friederike Jorzig adjusts a mannequin wearing a wedding dress and a face mask at her store in Berlin on March 31.Designer Friederike Jorzig adjusts a mannequin wearing a wedding dress and a face mask at her store in Berlin on March 31. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Designer Friederike Jorzig adjusts a mannequin wearing a wedding dress and a face mask at her store in Berlin on March 31.Hide Caption 51 of 225People pray next to the grave of musician Robson de Souza Lopes after his burial in Manaus, Brazil, on March 31. According to authorities at the Amazonas Health Secretary, the 43-year-old died after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.People pray next to the grave of musician Robson de Souza Lopes after his burial in Manaus, Brazil, on March 31. According to authorities at the Amazonas Health Secretary, the 43-year-old died after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People pray next to the grave of musician Robson de Souza Lopes after his burial in Manaus, Brazil, on March 31. According to authorities at the Amazonas Health Secretary, the 43-year-old died after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.Hide Caption 52 of 225Chris Lyndberg hands out a free lunch to a truck driver at a rest area along Interstate 10 in Sacaton, Arizona, on March 31. The Arizona Trucking Association was giving away 500 Dilly's Deli lunches to show its appreciation for truck drivers who have been delivering medical supplies, food and other necessities during the coronavirus pandemic.Chris Lyndberg hands out a free lunch to a truck driver at a rest area along Interstate 10 in Sacaton, Arizona, on March 31. The Arizona Trucking Association was giving away 500 Dilly's Deli lunches to show its appreciation for truck drivers who have been delivering medical supplies, food and other necessities during the coronavirus pandemic. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Chris Lyndberg hands out a free lunch to a truck driver at a rest area along Interstate 10 in Sacaton, Arizona, on March 31. The Arizona Trucking Association was giving away 500 Dilly’s Deli lunches to show its appreciation for truck drivers who have been delivering medical supplies, food and other necessities during the coronavirus pandemic.Hide Caption 53 of 225The USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship, reaches New York City on March 30. Another hospital ship is in Los Angeles. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/us/california-hospital-ship-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">Both will take some of the pressure off medical facilities</a> that are strained because of the coronavirus pandemic.The USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship, reaches New York City on March 30. Another hospital ship is in Los Angeles. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/us/california-hospital-ship-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">Both will take some of the pressure off medical facilities</a> that are strained because of the coronavirus pandemic. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak The USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship, reaches New York City on March 30. Another hospital ship is in Los Angeles. Both will take some of the pressure off medical facilities that are strained because of the coronavirus pandemic.Hide Caption 54 of 225An emergency <a href="https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-30-20-intl-hnk/h_f859e8cfde16afd14d2371c7227f0f46" target="_blank">field hospital</a> is constructed in New York's Central Park on March 30.An emergency <a href="https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-30-20-intl-hnk/h_f859e8cfde16afd14d2371c7227f0f46" target="_blank">field hospital</a> is constructed in New York's Central Park on March 30. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak An emergency field hospital is constructed in New York’s Central Park on March 30.Hide Caption 55 of 225Farmers deliver vegetables to a customer in Saint-Georges-sur-Cher, France, on March 29.Farmers deliver vegetables to a customer in Saint-Georges-sur-Cher, France, on March 29. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Farmers deliver vegetables to a customer in Saint-Georges-sur-Cher, France, on March 29.Hide Caption 56 of 225People listen from their homes as priests conduct Sunday mass from a church roof in Rome on March 29.People listen from their homes as priests conduct Sunday mass from a church roof in Rome on March 29. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People listen from their homes as priests conduct Sunday mass from a church roof in Rome on March 29.Hide Caption 57 of 225Gyorgy David Jablonovszky and his bride, Timea, are joined by close relatives during their wedding ceremony in Miskolc, Hungary, on March 28. Because of the coronavirus, engaged couples across the globe <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/28/us/couples-livestreaming-weddings-wellness-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">have had to rethink their walks down the aisle.</a>Gyorgy David Jablonovszky and his bride, Timea, are joined by close relatives during their wedding ceremony in Miskolc, Hungary, on March 28. Because of the coronavirus, engaged couples across the globe <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/28/us/couples-livestreaming-weddings-wellness-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">have had to rethink their walks down the aisle.</a> Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Gyorgy David Jablonovszky and his bride, Timea, are joined by close relatives during their wedding ceremony in Miskolc, Hungary, on March 28. Because of the coronavirus, engaged couples across the globe have had to rethink their walks down the aisle.Hide Caption 58 of 225A worker fixes partitions at a quarantine center in Guwahati, India, on March 28.A worker fixes partitions at a quarantine center in Guwahati, India, on March 28. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A worker fixes partitions at a quarantine center in Guwahati, India, on March 28.Hide Caption 59 of 225Devices used in diagnosing the coronavirus are inspected in Cheongju, South Korea, on March 27. The devices were being prepared for testing kits at the bio-diagnostic company SD Biosensor.Devices used in diagnosing the coronavirus are inspected in Cheongju, South Korea, on March 27. The devices were being prepared for testing kits at the bio-diagnostic company SD Biosensor. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Devices used in diagnosing the coronavirus are inspected in Cheongju, South Korea, on March 27. The devices were being prepared for testing kits at the bio-diagnostic company SD Biosensor.Hide Caption 60 of 225A student does homework in Bratislava, Slovakia, on March 27. Schools have been shut down across the world, and many children have been receiving their lessons online.A student does homework in Bratislava, Slovakia, on March 27. Schools have been shut down across the world, and many children have been receiving their lessons online. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A student does homework in Bratislava, Slovakia, on March 27. Schools have been shut down across the world, and many children have been receiving their lessons online.Hide Caption 61 of 225A National Guard truck sprays disinfectant in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 27.A National Guard truck sprays disinfectant in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 27. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A National Guard truck sprays disinfectant in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 27.Hide Caption 62 of 225People wearing face masks walk near the USNS Mercy after the Navy hospital ship arrived in the Los Angeles area <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/us/california-hospital-ship-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">to assist local hospitals</a> dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.People wearing face masks walk near the USNS Mercy after the Navy hospital ship arrived in the Los Angeles area <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/us/california-hospital-ship-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">to assist local hospitals</a> dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People wearing face masks walk near the USNS Mercy after the Navy hospital ship arrived in the Los Angeles area to assist local hospitals dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.Hide Caption 63 of 225Pope Francis prays in an empty St. Peter's Square on March 27.Pope Francis prays in an empty St. Peter's Square on March 27. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Pope Francis prays in an empty St. Peter’s Square on March 27.Hide Caption 64 of 225Coffins carrying coronavirus victims are stored in a warehouse in Ponte San Pietro, Italy, on March 26. They would be transported to another area for cremation.Coffins carrying coronavirus victims are stored in a warehouse in Ponte San Pietro, Italy, on March 26. They would be transported to another area for cremation. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Coffins carrying coronavirus victims are stored in a warehouse in Ponte San Pietro, Italy, on March 26. They would be transported to another area for cremation.Hide Caption 65 of 225Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard prepare to take part in disinfecting the city of Tehran on March 25. Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard prepare to take part in disinfecting the city of Tehran on March 25. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard prepare to take part in disinfecting the city of Tehran on March 25. Hide Caption 66 of 225Lydia Hassebroek attends a ballet class from her home in New York on March 25.Lydia Hassebroek attends a ballet class from her home in New York on March 25. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Lydia Hassebroek attends a ballet class from her home in New York on March 25.Hide Caption 67 of 225People visit the Beijing Zoo on March 25 after it reopened its outdoor exhibits to the public.People visit the Beijing Zoo on March 25 after it reopened its outdoor exhibits to the public. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People visit the Beijing Zoo on March 25 after it reopened its outdoor exhibits to the public.Hide Caption 68 of 225The Olympic flame is displayed in Iwaki, Japan, on March 25, a day after the 2020 Tokyo Games <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/24/sport/olympics-postponement-tokyo-2020-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">were postponed.</a>The Olympic flame is displayed in Iwaki, Japan, on March 25, a day after the 2020 Tokyo Games <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/24/sport/olympics-postponement-tokyo-2020-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">were postponed.</a> Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak The Olympic flame is displayed in Iwaki, Japan, on March 25, a day after the 2020 Tokyo Games were postponed.Hide Caption 69 of 225A woman suspected of having coronavirus is helped from her home by emergency medical technicians Robert Sabia, left, and Mike Pareja, in Paterson, New Jersey, on March 24.A woman suspected of having coronavirus is helped from her home by emergency medical technicians Robert Sabia, left, and Mike Pareja, in Paterson, New Jersey, on March 24. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A woman suspected of having coronavirus is helped from her home by emergency medical technicians Robert Sabia, left, and Mike Pareja, in Paterson, New Jersey, on March 24.Hide Caption 70 of 225People practice social distancing as they wait for takeout food at a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 24.People practice social distancing as they wait for takeout food at a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 24. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People practice social distancing as they wait for takeout food at a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 24.Hide Caption 71 of 225Authorities are seen in Madrid, where an <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/24/europe/spain-ice-rink-morgue-coronavirus-intl/index.html" target="_blank">ice rink has been converted into a makeshift morgue</a> to cope with the coronavirus fallout.Authorities are seen in Madrid, where an <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/24/europe/spain-ice-rink-morgue-coronavirus-intl/index.html" target="_blank">ice rink has been converted into a makeshift morgue</a> to cope with the coronavirus fallout. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Authorities are seen in Madrid, where an ice rink has been converted into a makeshift morgue to cope with the coronavirus fallout.Hide Caption 72 of 225A tourist wears a face mask while visiting the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China on March 24. The section <a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/badaling-great-wall-china-reopens-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">reopened</a> to visitors after being closed for two months.A tourist wears a face mask while visiting the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China on March 24. The section <a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/badaling-great-wall-china-reopens-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">reopened</a> to visitors after being closed for two months. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A tourist wears a face mask while visiting the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China on March 24. The section reopened to visitors after being closed for two months.Hide Caption 73 of 225People arrive at the South Municipal Cemetery in Madrid to attend the burial of a man who died from the coronavirus.People arrive at the South Municipal Cemetery in Madrid to attend the burial of a man who died from the coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People arrive at the South Municipal Cemetery in Madrid to attend the burial of a man who died from the coronavirus.Hide Caption 74 of 225Passengers arrive at Hong Kong International Airport on March 23. Passengers arrive at Hong Kong International Airport on March 23. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Passengers arrive at Hong Kong International Airport on March 23. Hide Caption 75 of 225Giuseppe Corbari holds Sunday Mass in front of photographs sent in by his congregation members in Giussano, Italy, on March 22. Many religious services are being streamed online so that people can worship while still maintaining their distance from others.Giuseppe Corbari holds Sunday Mass in front of photographs sent in by his congregation members in Giussano, Italy, on March 22. Many religious services are being streamed online so that people can worship while still maintaining their distance from others. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Giuseppe Corbari holds Sunday Mass in front of photographs sent in by his congregation members in Giussano, Italy, on March 22. Many religious services are being streamed online so that people can worship while still maintaining their distance from others.Hide Caption 76 of 225People clap from balconies to show their appreciation for health care workers in Mumbai, India.People clap from balconies to show their appreciation for health care workers in Mumbai, India. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People clap from balconies to show their appreciation for health care workers in Mumbai, India.Hide Caption 77 of 225A woman attends a Sunday service at the Nairobi Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 22. The service was streamed live on the internet.A woman attends a Sunday service at the Nairobi Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 22. The service was streamed live on the internet. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A woman attends a Sunday service at the Nairobi Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 22. The service was streamed live on the internet.Hide Caption 78 of 225A Syrian Red Crescent member sprays disinfectant along an alley of the historic Hamidiyah market in Damascus, Syria.A Syrian Red Crescent member sprays disinfectant along an alley of the historic Hamidiyah market in Damascus, Syria. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A Syrian Red Crescent member sprays disinfectant along an alley of the historic Hamidiyah market in Damascus, Syria.Hide Caption 79 of 225People are seen on California's Huntington Beach on March 21. Crowds descended on California beaches, hiking trails and parks over the weekend <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/us/california-stay-at-home-beach-goers/index.html" target="_blank">in open defiance of a state order</a> to shelter in place and avoid close contact with others.People are seen on California's Huntington Beach on March 21. Crowds descended on California beaches, hiking trails and parks over the weekend <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/us/california-stay-at-home-beach-goers/index.html" target="_blank">in open defiance of a state order</a> to shelter in place and avoid close contact with others. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People are seen on California’s Huntington Beach on March 21. Crowds descended on California beaches, hiking trails and parks over the weekend in open defiance of a state order to shelter in place and avoid close contact with others.Hide Caption 80 of 225A funeral service is held without family members in Bergamo, Italy, on March 21.A funeral service is held without family members in Bergamo, Italy, on March 21. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A funeral service is held without family members in Bergamo, Italy, on March 21.Hide Caption 81 of 225A member of the Syrian Violet relief group disinfects tents at a camp for displaced people in Kafr Jalis, Syria, on March 21.A member of the Syrian Violet relief group disinfects tents at a camp for displaced people in Kafr Jalis, Syria, on March 21. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A member of the Syrian Violet relief group disinfects tents at a camp for displaced people in Kafr Jalis, Syria, on March 21.Hide Caption 82 of 225A doctor examines Juan Vasquez inside a testing tent at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York on March 20.A doctor examines Juan Vasquez inside a testing tent at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York on March 20. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A doctor examines Juan Vasquez inside a testing tent at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York on March 20.Hide Caption 83 of 225A Mass in Rio de Janeiro honors coronavirus victims around the world on March 18. Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue <a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/coronavirus-rio-christ-the-redeemer-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">was lit up with flags and messages of hope</a> in solidarity with countries affected by the pandemic.A Mass in Rio de Janeiro honors coronavirus victims around the world on March 18. Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue <a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/coronavirus-rio-christ-the-redeemer-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">was lit up with flags and messages of hope</a> in solidarity with countries affected by the pandemic. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A Mass in Rio de Janeiro honors coronavirus victims around the world on March 18. Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue was lit up with flags and messages of hope in solidarity with countries affected by the pandemic.Hide Caption 84 of 225Medical staff wearing protective suits ride down an escalator at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport on March 18.Medical staff wearing protective suits ride down an escalator at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport on March 18. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Medical staff wearing protective suits ride down an escalator at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on March 18.Hide Caption 85 of 225Hasidic Jewish men take part in a <a href="https://jewishinsider.com/2020/03/white-houses-avi-berkowitz-implores-hasidic-leaders-to-follow-coronavirus-measures/" target="_blank">"social distancing" minyan</a> in New York on March 17.Hasidic Jewish men take part in a <a href="https://jewishinsider.com/2020/03/white-houses-avi-berkowitz-implores-hasidic-leaders-to-follow-coronavirus-measures/" target="_blank">"social distancing" minyan</a> in New York on March 17. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Hasidic Jewish men take part in a “social distancing” minyan in New York on March 17.Hide Caption 86 of 225A patient in a biocontainment unit is carried on a stretcher in Rome on March 17.A patient in a biocontainment unit is carried on a stretcher in Rome on March 17. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A patient in a biocontainment unit is carried on a stretcher in Rome on March 17.Hide Caption 87 of 225A pedestrian walks a dog through a quiet street in New York on March 17.A pedestrian walks a dog through a quiet street in New York on March 17. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A pedestrian walks a dog through a quiet street in New York on March 17.Hide Caption 88 of 225People gather to collect free face masks in New Delhi on March 17.People gather to collect free face masks in New Delhi on March 17. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People gather to collect free face masks in New Delhi on March 17.Hide Caption 89 of 225Dermot Hickey, left, and Phillip Vega ask a pedestrian in New York to take their picture on a thinly trafficked Fifth Avenue on March 17. Many streets across the world are much more bare as people distance themselves from others. In the United States, the White House advised people <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/16/politics/white-house-guidelines-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank">not to gather in groups of more than 10.</a>Dermot Hickey, left, and Phillip Vega ask a pedestrian in New York to take their picture on a thinly trafficked Fifth Avenue on March 17. Many streets across the world are much more bare as people distance themselves from others. In the United States, the White House advised people <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/16/politics/white-house-guidelines-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank">not to gather in groups of more than 10.</a> Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Dermot Hickey, left, and Phillip Vega ask a pedestrian in New York to take their picture on a thinly trafficked Fifth Avenue on March 17. Many streets across the world are much more bare as people distance themselves from others. In the United States, the White House advised people not to gather in groups of more than 10.Hide Caption 90 of 225Students at the Attarkiah Islamic School wear face masks during a ceremony in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on March 17.Students at the Attarkiah Islamic School wear face masks during a ceremony in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on March 17. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Students at the Attarkiah Islamic School wear face masks during a ceremony in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat on March 17.Hide Caption 91 of 225People wait outside a Woolworths store in Sunbury, Australia on March 17. Australian supermarket chains announced special shopping hours for the elderly and people with disabilities so that they can shop in less crowded aisles.People wait outside a Woolworths store in Sunbury, Australia on March 17. Australian supermarket chains announced special shopping hours for the elderly and people with disabilities so that they can shop in less crowded aisles. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People wait outside a Woolworths store in Sunbury, Australia on March 17. Australian supermarket chains announced special shopping hours for the elderly and people with disabilities so that they can shop in less crowded aisles.Hide Caption 92 of 225A member of Spain's Military Emergencies Unit carries out a general disinfection at the Malaga airport on March 16.A member of Spain's Military Emergencies Unit carries out a general disinfection at the Malaga airport on March 16. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A member of Spain’s Military Emergencies Unit carries out a general disinfection at the Malaga airport on March 16.Hide Caption 93 of 225Displaced families near Atme, Syria, attend a workshop aimed at spreading awareness about the coronavirus.Displaced families near Atme, Syria, attend a workshop aimed at spreading awareness about the coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Displaced families near Atme, Syria, attend a workshop aimed at spreading awareness about the coronavirus.Hide Caption 94 of 225French President Emmanuel Macron is seen on a screen in Paris as he announces new coronavirus containment measures on March 16. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-17-20-intl-hnk/h_da63d65d14fcffbc7105f1a287478a55" target="_blank">France has been put on lockdown,</a> and all nonessential outings are outlawed and can draw a fine of up to €135 ($148). Macron also promised to support French businesses by guaranteeing €300 billion worth of loans and suspending rent and utility bills owed by small companies.French President Emmanuel Macron is seen on a screen in Paris as he announces new coronavirus containment measures on March 16. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-17-20-intl-hnk/h_da63d65d14fcffbc7105f1a287478a55" target="_blank">France has been put on lockdown,</a> and all nonessential outings are outlawed and can draw a fine of up to €135 ($148). Macron also promised to support French businesses by guaranteeing €300 billion worth of loans and suspending rent and utility bills owed by small companies. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak French President Emmanuel Macron is seen on a screen in Paris as he announces new coronavirus containment measures on March 16. France has been put on lockdown, and all nonessential outings are outlawed and can draw a fine of up to €135 ($148). Macron also promised to support French businesses by guaranteeing €300 billion worth of loans and suspending rent and utility bills owed by small companies.Hide Caption 95 of 225A police officer checks the temperatures of bus passengers at a checkpoint in Manila, Philippines, on March 16.A police officer checks the temperatures of bus passengers at a checkpoint in Manila, Philippines, on March 16. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A police officer checks the temperatures of bus passengers at a checkpoint in Manila, Philippines, on March 16.Hide Caption 96 of 225Flowers are stored prior to their destruction at a flower auction in Aalsmeer, Netherlands, on March 16. Lower demand due to the coronavirus outbreak is threatening the Dutch horticultural sector, forcing the destruction of products.Flowers are stored prior to their destruction at a flower auction in Aalsmeer, Netherlands, on March 16. Lower demand due to the coronavirus outbreak is threatening the Dutch horticultural sector, forcing the destruction of products. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Flowers are stored prior to their destruction at a flower auction in Aalsmeer, Netherlands, on March 16. Lower demand due to the coronavirus outbreak is threatening the Dutch horticultural sector, forcing the destruction of products.Hide Caption 97 of 225Body temperatures are scanned as people enter the Buddhist temple Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 13.Body temperatures are scanned as people enter the Buddhist temple Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 13. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Body temperatures are scanned as people enter the Buddhist temple Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 13.Hide Caption 98 of 225Two nuns greet neighbors from their balcony in Turin, Italy, on Sunday, March 15.Two nuns greet neighbors from their balcony in Turin, Italy, on Sunday, March 15. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Two nuns greet neighbors from their balcony in Turin, Italy, on Sunday, March 15.Hide Caption 99 of 225Pope Francis, inside the Church of San Marcello in Rome's city center,<a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/16/europe/pope-francis-prayer-coronavirus-plague-crucifix-intl/index.html" target="_blank"> prays at a famous crucifix</a> that believers claim helped to save Romans from the plague in 1522.Pope Francis, inside the Church of San Marcello in Rome's city center,<a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/16/europe/pope-francis-prayer-coronavirus-plague-crucifix-intl/index.html" target="_blank"> prays at a famous crucifix</a> that believers claim helped to save Romans from the plague in 1522. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Pope Francis, inside the Church of San Marcello in Rome’s city center, prays at a famous crucifix that believers claim helped to save Romans from the plague in 1522.Hide Caption 100 of 225Passengers wait for their flights at Marrakesh Airport in Morocco on March 15.Passengers wait for their flights at Marrakesh Airport in Morocco on March 15. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Passengers wait for their flights at Marrakesh Airport in Morocco on March 15.Hide Caption 101 of 225US Vice President Mike Pence takes a question during a White House briefing about the coronavirus on March 15.US Vice President Mike Pence takes a question during a White House briefing about the coronavirus on March 15. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak US Vice President Mike Pence takes a question during a White House briefing about the coronavirus on March 15.Hide Caption 102 of 225A Sea World employee sprays disinfectant in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday, March 14.A Sea World employee sprays disinfectant in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday, March 14. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A Sea World employee sprays disinfectant in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday, March 14.Hide Caption 103 of 225People wait in line to go through customs at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on March 14. Travelers returning from Europe say they were <a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/coronavirus-airport-screening-sunday/index.html" target="_blank">being made to wait for hours </a>at US airports, often in close quarters, as personnel screened them for the coronavirus.People wait in line to go through customs at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on March 14. Travelers returning from Europe say they were <a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/coronavirus-airport-screening-sunday/index.html" target="_blank">being made to wait for hours </a>at US airports, often in close quarters, as personnel screened them for the coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People wait in line to go through customs at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on March 14. Travelers returning from Europe say they were being made to wait for hours at US airports, often in close quarters, as personnel screened them for the coronavirus.Hide Caption 104 of 225Hundreds of people lined up to enter a Costco in Novato, California, on March 14. Many people have been stocking up on food, toilet paper and other items. As a response to <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/09/health/toilet-paper-shortages-novel-coronavirus-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">panic buying,</a> retailers in the United States and Canada have started limiting the number of toilet paper that customers can buy in one trip.Hundreds of people lined up to enter a Costco in Novato, California, on March 14. Many people have been stocking up on food, toilet paper and other items. As a response to <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/09/health/toilet-paper-shortages-novel-coronavirus-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">panic buying,</a> retailers in the United States and Canada have started limiting the number of toilet paper that customers can buy in one trip. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Hundreds of people lined up to enter a Costco in Novato, California, on March 14. Many people have been stocking up on food, toilet paper and other items. As a response to panic buying, retailers in the United States and Canada have started limiting the number of toilet paper that customers can buy in one trip.Hide Caption 105 of 225A member of the White House physician's office takes a media member's temperature in the White House briefing room on March 14. It was ahead of a news conference with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.A member of the White House physician's office takes a media member's temperature in the White House briefing room on March 14. It was ahead of a news conference with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A member of the White House physician’s office takes a media member’s temperature in the White House briefing room on March 14. It was ahead of a news conference with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.Hide Caption 106 of 225A nurse in Cremona, Italy, takes a moment in this heartbreaking photo <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9yaP7jIdO-/" target="_blank">posted to Instagram</a> by photographer Paolo Miranda. Italy's health care system <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/18/europe/italy-coronavirus-lockdown-intl/index.html" target="_blank">has been severely tested</a> by the coronavirus pandemic.A nurse in Cremona, Italy, takes a moment in this heartbreaking photo <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9yaP7jIdO-/" target="_blank">posted to Instagram</a> by photographer Paolo Miranda. Italy's health care system <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/18/europe/italy-coronavirus-lockdown-intl/index.html" target="_blank">has been severely tested</a> by the coronavirus pandemic. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A nurse in Cremona, Italy, takes a moment in this heartbreaking photo posted to Instagram by photographer Paolo Miranda. Italy’s health care system has been severely tested by the coronavirus pandemic.Hide Caption 107 of 225Reporters in Arlington, Virginia, sit approximately 4 feet apart during a briefing by Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie on March 13.Reporters in Arlington, Virginia, sit approximately 4 feet apart during a briefing by Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie on March 13. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Reporters in Arlington, Virginia, sit approximately 4 feet apart during a briefing by Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie on March 13.Hide Caption 108 of 225People walk past a closed Broadway theater on March 13 after New York canceled all gatherings over 500 people.People walk past a closed Broadway theater on March 13 after New York canceled all gatherings over 500 people. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People walk past a closed Broadway theater on March 13 after New York canceled all gatherings over 500 people.Hide Caption 109 of 225A Costco customer stands by two shopping carts in Richmond, California, on March 13.A Costco customer stands by two shopping carts in Richmond, California, on March 13. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A Costco customer stands by two shopping carts in Richmond, California, on March 13.Hide Caption 110 of 225A teacher works in an empty classroom at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain.A teacher works in an empty classroom at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A teacher works in an empty classroom at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain.Hide Caption 111 of 225A woman looks at an empty bread aisle in Antwerp, Belgium, on March 13.A woman looks at an empty bread aisle in Antwerp, Belgium, on March 13. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A woman looks at an empty bread aisle in Antwerp, Belgium, on March 13.Hide Caption 112 of 225Employees of the Greek Parliament wear plastic gloves ahead of the swearing-in ceremony for Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.Employees of the Greek Parliament wear plastic gloves ahead of the swearing-in ceremony for Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Employees of the Greek Parliament wear plastic gloves ahead of the swearing-in ceremony for Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.Hide Caption 113 of 225A motorcyclist drives through disinfectant sprayed in Jammu, India, on March 13.A motorcyclist drives through disinfectant sprayed in Jammu, India, on March 13. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A motorcyclist drives through disinfectant sprayed in Jammu, India, on March 13.Hide Caption 114 of 225Workers prepare to construct an additional building on a hospital on the outskirts of Moscow.Workers prepare to construct an additional building on a hospital on the outskirts of Moscow. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Workers prepare to construct an additional building on a hospital on the outskirts of Moscow.Hide Caption 115 of 225Paul Boyer, head equipment manager of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, wheels out equipment bags in Washington on March 12. The NHL is among the sports leagues that have suspended their seasons.Paul Boyer, head equipment manager of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, wheels out equipment bags in Washington on March 12. The NHL is among the sports leagues that have suspended their seasons. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Paul Boyer, head equipment manager of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, wheels out equipment bags in Washington on March 12. The NHL is among the sports leagues that have suspended their seasons.Hide Caption 116 of 225Students leave Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington, on March 12. Beginning the following day, schools in the Snohomish school district planned to be closed through April 24.Students leave Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington, on March 12. Beginning the following day, schools in the Snohomish school district planned to be closed through April 24. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Students leave Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington, on March 12. Beginning the following day, schools in the Snohomish school district planned to be closed through April 24.Hide Caption 117 of 225An Uber Eats delivery biker stands at a deserted Piazza di Spagna in Rome.An Uber Eats delivery biker stands at a deserted Piazza di Spagna in Rome. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak An Uber Eats delivery biker stands at a deserted Piazza di Spagna in Rome.Hide Caption 118 of 225People at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, watch a live broadcast of US President Donald Trump on March 12. Trump announced that, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, he would <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/11/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-statement/index.html" target="_blank">sharply restrict travel</a> from more than two dozen European countries.People at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, watch a live broadcast of US President Donald Trump on March 12. Trump announced that, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, he would <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/11/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-statement/index.html" target="_blank">sharply restrict travel</a> from more than two dozen European countries. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, watch a live broadcast of US President Donald Trump on March 12. Trump announced that, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, he would sharply restrict travel from more than two dozen European countries.Hide Caption 119 of 225Workers in protective suits disinfect Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace on March 11.Workers in protective suits disinfect Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace on March 11. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Workers in protective suits disinfect Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace on March 11.Hide Caption 120 of 225A person wearing a face mask walks outside of a shopping mall in Beijing on March 11.A person wearing a face mask walks outside of a shopping mall in Beijing on March 11. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A person wearing a face mask walks outside of a shopping mall in Beijing on March 11.Hide Caption 121 of 225Police officers restrain the relative of an inmate outside the Sant'Anna jail in Modena, Italy, on March 9. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/asia/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-09-20-intl-hnk/h_950c62671e245816c223fb84f1306fe6" target="_blank">Riots broke out</a> in several Italian jails after visits were suspended to curb the spread of the coronavirus.Police officers restrain the relative of an inmate outside the Sant'Anna jail in Modena, Italy, on March 9. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/asia/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-09-20-intl-hnk/h_950c62671e245816c223fb84f1306fe6" target="_blank">Riots broke out</a> in several Italian jails after visits were suspended to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Police officers restrain the relative of an inmate outside the Sant’Anna jail in Modena, Italy, on March 9. Riots broke out in several Italian jails after visits were suspended to curb the spread of the coronavirus.Hide Caption 122 of 225Medical staff in Wuhan, China, celebrate after all coronavirus patients were discharged from a temporary hospital on March 9.Medical staff in Wuhan, China, celebrate after all coronavirus patients were discharged from a temporary hospital on March 9. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Medical staff in Wuhan, China, celebrate after all coronavirus patients were discharged from a temporary hospital on March 9.Hide Caption 123 of 225Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 9. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/08/investing/stock-dow-futures-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank">Stocks plummeted</a> as coronavirus worries and an oil price race to the bottom weighed on global financial markets.Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 9. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/08/investing/stock-dow-futures-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank">Stocks plummeted</a> as coronavirus worries and an oil price race to the bottom weighed on global financial markets. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 9. Stocks plummeted as coronavirus worries and an oil price race to the bottom weighed on global financial markets.Hide Caption 124 of 225Rescuers search for victims at the site of a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/07/china/china-coronavirus-hotel-collapse/index.html" target="_blank">collapsed hotel</a> in Quanzhou, China, on March 8. The hotel was being used as a coronavirus quarantine center.Rescuers search for victims at the site of a <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/07/china/china-coronavirus-hotel-collapse/index.html" target="_blank">collapsed hotel</a> in Quanzhou, China, on March 8. The hotel was being used as a coronavirus quarantine center. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Rescuers search for victims at the site of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou, China, on March 8. The hotel was being used as a coronavirus quarantine center.Hide Caption 125 of 225The Grand Princess cruise ship, carrying at least 21 people who tested positive for coronavirus, is seen off the coast of San Francisco on March 8. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/09/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html" target="_blank">The ship was being held at sea.</a>The Grand Princess cruise ship, carrying at least 21 people who tested positive for coronavirus, is seen off the coast of San Francisco on March 8. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/09/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html" target="_blank">The ship was being held at sea.</a> Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak The Grand Princess cruise ship, carrying at least 21 people who tested positive for coronavirus, is seen off the coast of San Francisco on March 8. The ship was being held at sea.Hide Caption 126 of 225Sumo wrestlers attend a tournament in Osaka, Japan, that was being held behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak.Sumo wrestlers attend a tournament in Osaka, Japan, that was being held behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Sumo wrestlers attend a tournament in Osaka, Japan, that was being held behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak.Hide Caption 127 of 225A couple rides a bicycle at a park in Seoul, South Korea, on March 7. A couple rides a bicycle at a park in Seoul, South Korea, on March 7. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A couple rides a bicycle at a park in Seoul, South Korea, on March 7. Hide Caption 128 of 225A volunteer from Blue Sky Rescue uses fumigation equipment to disinfect a residential compound in Beijing on March 5.A volunteer from Blue Sky Rescue uses fumigation equipment to disinfect a residential compound in Beijing on March 5. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A volunteer from Blue Sky Rescue uses fumigation equipment to disinfect a residential compound in Beijing on March 5.Hide Caption 129 of 225Airmen from the California National Guard drop coronavirus testing kits down to the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/05/health/california-coronavirus-cruise-ship-thursday/index.html" target="_blank">Grand Princess cruise ship </a>off the coast of California on March 5.Airmen from the California National Guard drop coronavirus testing kits down to the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/05/health/california-coronavirus-cruise-ship-thursday/index.html" target="_blank">Grand Princess cruise ship </a>off the coast of California on March 5. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Airmen from the California National Guard drop coronavirus testing kits down to the Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California on March 5.Hide Caption 130 of 225Municipal workers are seen at the Kaaba, inside Mecca's Grand Mosque. Saudi Arabia emptied Islam's holiest site for sterilization over coronavirus fears, an unprecedented move after the kingdom suspended the year-round Umrah pilgrimage.Municipal workers are seen at the Kaaba, inside Mecca's Grand Mosque. Saudi Arabia emptied Islam's holiest site for sterilization over coronavirus fears, an unprecedented move after the kingdom suspended the year-round Umrah pilgrimage. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Municipal workers are seen at the Kaaba, inside Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Saudi Arabia emptied Islam’s holiest site for sterilization over coronavirus fears, an unprecedented move after the kingdom suspended the year-round Umrah pilgrimage.Hide Caption 131 of 225Passengers react as a worker wearing a protective suit disinfects the departure area of a railway station in Hefei, China, on March 4.Passengers react as a worker wearing a protective suit disinfects the departure area of a railway station in Hefei, China, on March 4. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Passengers react as a worker wearing a protective suit disinfects the departure area of a railway station in Hefei, China, on March 4.Hide Caption 132 of 225Teachers at the Nagoya International School in Japan conduct an online class for students staying at home as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.Teachers at the Nagoya International School in Japan conduct an online class for students staying at home as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Teachers at the Nagoya International School in Japan conduct an online class for students staying at home as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.Hide Caption 133 of 225Soldiers spray disinfectant throughout a shopping street in Seoul.Soldiers spray disinfectant throughout a shopping street in Seoul. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Soldiers spray disinfectant throughout a shopping street in Seoul.Hide Caption 134 of 225A Muslim worshipper attends a mass prayer against coronavirus in Dakar, Senegal, on March 4. It was after cases were confirmed in the country.A Muslim worshipper attends a mass prayer against coronavirus in Dakar, Senegal, on March 4. It was after cases were confirmed in the country. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A Muslim worshipper attends a mass prayer against coronavirus in Dakar, Senegal, on March 4. It was after cases were confirmed in the country.Hide Caption 135 of 225People wear face masks in New York's Times Square on March 3. New York reported its first case of coronavirus two days earlier. People wear face masks in New York's Times Square on March 3. New York reported its first case of coronavirus two days earlier. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People wear face masks in New York’s Times Square on March 3. New York reported its first case of coronavirus two days earlier. Hide Caption 136 of 225A security guard stands on the Shibuya Sky observation deck in Tokyo on March 3.A security guard stands on the Shibuya Sky observation deck in Tokyo on March 3. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A security guard stands on the Shibuya Sky observation deck in Tokyo on March 3.Hide Caption 137 of 225US President Donald Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, speaks during a meeting with pharmaceutical executives and the White House coronavirus task force on March 2. Throughout <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/02/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-vaccine-push-back/index.html" target="_blank">the meeting,</a> Trump was hyperfocused on pressing industry leaders in the room for a timeline for a coronavirus vaccine and treatment. But experts at the table -- from the administration and the pharmaceutical industry -- repeatedly emphasized that a vaccine can't be rushed to market before it's been declared safe for the public.US President Donald Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, speaks during a meeting with pharmaceutical executives and the White House coronavirus task force on March 2. Throughout <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/02/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-vaccine-push-back/index.html" target="_blank">the meeting,</a> Trump was hyperfocused on pressing industry leaders in the room for a timeline for a coronavirus vaccine and treatment. But experts at the table -- from the administration and the pharmaceutical industry -- repeatedly emphasized that a vaccine can't be rushed to market before it's been declared safe for the public. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak US President Donald Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, speaks during a meeting with pharmaceutical executives and the White House coronavirus task force on March 2. Throughout the meeting, Trump was hyperfocused on pressing industry leaders in the room for a timeline for a coronavirus vaccine and treatment. But experts at the table — from the administration and the pharmaceutical industry — repeatedly emphasized that a vaccine can’t be rushed to market before it’s been declared safe for the public.Hide Caption 138 of 225Medical staff stand outside a hospital in Daegu, South Korea, on March 1.Medical staff stand outside a hospital in Daegu, South Korea, on March 1. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Medical staff stand outside a hospital in Daegu, South Korea, on March 1.Hide Caption 139 of 225Health care workers transfer a patient at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, on March 1. The long-term care facility is linked to confirmed coronavirus cases.Health care workers transfer a patient at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, on March 1. The long-term care facility is linked to confirmed coronavirus cases. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Health care workers transfer a patient at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, on March 1. The long-term care facility is linked to confirmed coronavirus cases.Hide Caption 140 of 225British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a London laboratory of the Public Health England National Infection Service.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a London laboratory of the Public Health England National Infection Service. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a London laboratory of the Public Health England National Infection Service.Hide Caption 141 of 225Tomoyuki Sugano, a professional baseball player on the Yomiuri Giants, throws a pitch in an empty Tokyo Dome during a preseason game on February 29. Fans have been barred from preseason games to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Tomoyuki Sugano, a professional baseball player on the Yomiuri Giants, throws a pitch in an empty Tokyo Dome during a preseason game on February 29. Fans have been barred from preseason games to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Tomoyuki Sugano, a professional baseball player on the Yomiuri Giants, throws a pitch in an empty Tokyo Dome during a preseason game on February 29. Fans have been barred from preseason games to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Hide Caption 142 of 225Commuters wearing masks make their way to work during morning rush hour at the Shinagawa train station in Tokyo on February 28.Commuters wearing masks make their way to work during morning rush hour at the Shinagawa train station in Tokyo on February 28. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Commuters wearing masks make their way to work during morning rush hour at the Shinagawa train station in Tokyo on February 28.Hide Caption 143 of 225Medical staff transport a coronavirus patient within the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan on February 28. Medical staff transport a coronavirus patient within the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan on February 28. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Medical staff transport a coronavirus patient within the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan on February 28. Hide Caption 144 of 225Inter Milan plays Ludogorets in an empty soccer stadium in Milan, Italy, on February 27. The match <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/28/football/inter-milan-coronavirus-ludogorets-football-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">was ordered to be played behind closed doors</a> as Italian authorities continue to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak.Inter Milan plays Ludogorets in an empty soccer stadium in Milan, Italy, on February 27. The match <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/28/football/inter-milan-coronavirus-ludogorets-football-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank">was ordered to be played behind closed doors</a> as Italian authorities continue to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Inter Milan plays Ludogorets in an empty soccer stadium in Milan, Italy, on February 27. The match was ordered to be played behind closed doors as Italian authorities continue to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak.Hide Caption 145 of 225A bank clerk disinfects banknotes in China's Sichuan province on February 26.A bank clerk disinfects banknotes in China's Sichuan province on February 26. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A bank clerk disinfects banknotes in China’s Sichuan province on February 26.Hide Caption 146 of 225A child wearing a protective face mask rides on a scooter in an empty area in Beijing.A child wearing a protective face mask rides on a scooter in an empty area in Beijing. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A child wearing a protective face mask rides on a scooter in an empty area in Beijing.Hide Caption 147 of 225A Catholic devotee wears a face mask as he is sprinkled with ash during Ash Wednesday services in Paranaque, Philippines, on February 26.A Catholic devotee wears a face mask as he is sprinkled with ash during Ash Wednesday services in Paranaque, Philippines, on February 26. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A Catholic devotee wears a face mask as he is sprinkled with ash during Ash Wednesday services in Paranaque, Philippines, on February 26.Hide Caption 148 of 225People disinfect Qom's Masumeh shrine in Tehran, Iran, on February 25.People disinfect Qom's Masumeh shrine in Tehran, Iran, on February 25. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People disinfect Qom’s Masumeh shrine in Tehran, Iran, on February 25.Hide Caption 149 of 225A worker in Daegu stacks plastic buckets containing medical waste from coronavirus patients on February 24.A worker in Daegu stacks plastic buckets containing medical waste from coronavirus patients on February 24. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A worker in Daegu stacks plastic buckets containing medical waste from coronavirus patients on February 24.Hide Caption 150 of 225Paramedics carry a stretcher off an ambulance in Hong Kong on February 23.Paramedics carry a stretcher off an ambulance in Hong Kong on February 23. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Paramedics carry a stretcher off an ambulance in Hong Kong on February 23.Hide Caption 151 of 225People attend a professional soccer match in Kobe, Japan, on February 23. To help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the soccer club Vissel Kobe <a href="https://www.espn.com/soccer/vissel-kobe/story/4057914/iniestas-vissel-kobe-ban-singing-chanting-due-to-coronavirus-threat" target="_blank">told fans not to sing, chant or wave flags</a> in the season opener against Yokohama FC.People attend a professional soccer match in Kobe, Japan, on February 23. To help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the soccer club Vissel Kobe <a href="https://www.espn.com/soccer/vissel-kobe/story/4057914/iniestas-vissel-kobe-ban-singing-chanting-due-to-coronavirus-threat" target="_blank">told fans not to sing, chant or wave flags</a> in the season opener against Yokohama FC. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People attend a professional soccer match in Kobe, Japan, on February 23. To help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the soccer club Vissel Kobe told fans not to sing, chant or wave flags in the season opener against Yokohama FC.Hide Caption 152 of 225A team of volunteers disinfects a pedestrian bridge in Bangkok, Thailand.A team of volunteers disinfects a pedestrian bridge in Bangkok, Thailand. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A team of volunteers disinfects a pedestrian bridge in Bangkok, Thailand.Hide Caption 153 of 225A man rides his bike in Beijing on February 23.A man rides his bike in Beijing on February 23. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A man rides his bike in Beijing on February 23.Hide Caption 154 of 225Hospital personnel in Codogno, Italy, carry new beds inside the hospital on February 21. The hospital is hosting some people who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.Hospital personnel in Codogno, Italy, carry new beds inside the hospital on February 21. The hospital is hosting some people who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Hospital personnel in Codogno, Italy, carry new beds inside the hospital on February 21. The hospital is hosting some people who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.Hide Caption 155 of 225Doctors look at a CT scan of a lung at a hospital in Xiaogan, China, on February 20.Doctors look at a CT scan of a lung at a hospital in Xiaogan, China, on February 20. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Doctors look at a CT scan of a lung at a hospital in Xiaogan, China, on February 20.Hide Caption 156 of 225A sales clerk wears a mask as she waits for customers at a hat shop in Beijing on February 18.<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/14/economy/coronavirus-china-economy-small-businesses/index.html" target="_blank"> </a>Small companies that help drive China's economy <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/14/economy/coronavirus-china-economy-small-businesses/index.html" target="_blank">are worried about how much damage</a> the coronavirus outbreak will cause to business.A sales clerk wears a mask as she waits for customers at a hat shop in Beijing on February 18.<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/14/economy/coronavirus-china-economy-small-businesses/index.html" target="_blank"> </a>Small companies that help drive China's economy <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/14/economy/coronavirus-china-economy-small-businesses/index.html" target="_blank">are worried about how much damage</a> the coronavirus outbreak will cause to business. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A sales clerk wears a mask as she waits for customers at a hat shop in Beijing on February 18. Small companies that help drive China’s economy are worried about how much damage the coronavirus outbreak will cause to business.Hide Caption 157 of 225Buses carrying American passengers arrive at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo on February 17. The passengers <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/17/health/diamond-princess-american-evacuees-flight/index.html" target="_blank">were leaving the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship</a> to be repatriated to the United States.Buses carrying American passengers arrive at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo on February 17. The passengers <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/17/health/diamond-princess-american-evacuees-flight/index.html" target="_blank">were leaving the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship</a> to be repatriated to the United States. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Buses carrying American passengers arrive at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo on February 17. The passengers were leaving the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship to be repatriated to the United States.Hide Caption 158 of 225A medical worker rests at the isolation ward of the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan on February 16.A medical worker rests at the isolation ward of the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan on February 16. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A medical worker rests at the isolation ward of the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan on February 16.Hide Caption 159 of 225Authorities watch as the Westerdam cruise ship approaches a port in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on February 13. Despite having no confirmed cases of coronavirus on board, the Westerdam was refused port by four other Asian countries before being allowed to dock in Cambodia.Authorities watch as the Westerdam cruise ship approaches a port in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on February 13. Despite having no confirmed cases of coronavirus on board, the Westerdam was refused port by four other Asian countries before being allowed to dock in Cambodia. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Authorities watch as the Westerdam cruise ship approaches a port in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on February 13. Despite having no confirmed cases of coronavirus on board, the Westerdam was refused port by four other Asian countries before being allowed to dock in Cambodia.Hide Caption 160 of 225A worker has his temperature checked on a shuttered commercial street in Beijing on February 12.A worker has his temperature checked on a shuttered commercial street in Beijing on February 12. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A worker has his temperature checked on a shuttered commercial street in Beijing on February 12.Hide Caption 161 of 225Beds are made in the Wuhan Sports Center, which has been converted into a temporary hospital.Beds are made in the Wuhan Sports Center, which has been converted into a temporary hospital. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Beds are made in the Wuhan Sports Center, which has been converted into a temporary hospital.Hide Caption 162 of 225A child rides a scooter past a police officer wearing protective gear outside the Hong Mei House in Hong Kong on February 11. More than 100 people evacuated the housing block after four residents in two different apartments tested positive for the coronavirus.A child rides a scooter past a police officer wearing protective gear outside the Hong Mei House in Hong Kong on February 11. More than 100 people evacuated the housing block after four residents in two different apartments tested positive for the coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A child rides a scooter past a police officer wearing protective gear outside the Hong Mei House in Hong Kong on February 11. More than 100 people evacuated the housing block after four residents in two different apartments tested positive for the coronavirus.Hide Caption 163 of 225Relatives of quarantined passengers wave at the Diamond Princess cruise ship as it leaves a port in Yokohama, Japan, to dump wastewater and generate potable water. Dozens of people on the ship <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/10/us/coronavirus-cruise-ship-americans-quarantine/index.html" target="_blank">were infected with coronavirus.</a>Relatives of quarantined passengers wave at the Diamond Princess cruise ship as it leaves a port in Yokohama, Japan, to dump wastewater and generate potable water. Dozens of people on the ship <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/10/us/coronavirus-cruise-ship-americans-quarantine/index.html" target="_blank">were infected with coronavirus.</a> Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Relatives of quarantined passengers wave at the Diamond Princess cruise ship as it leaves a port in Yokohama, Japan, to dump wastewater and generate potable water. Dozens of people on the ship were infected with coronavirus.Hide Caption 164 of 225The Deneway branch of the County Oak Medical Centre is closed amid coronavirus fears in Brighton, England, on February 11. Several locations in and around Brighton were quarantined after <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/11/europe/steve-walsh-uk-coronavirus-patient-intl-gbr/index.html" target="_blank">a man linked to several coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom</a> came into contact with health-care workers and members of the public.The Deneway branch of the County Oak Medical Centre is closed amid coronavirus fears in Brighton, England, on February 11. Several locations in and around Brighton were quarantined after <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/11/europe/steve-walsh-uk-coronavirus-patient-intl-gbr/index.html" target="_blank">a man linked to several coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom</a> came into contact with health-care workers and members of the public. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak The Deneway branch of the County Oak Medical Centre is closed amid coronavirus fears in Brighton, England, on February 11. Several locations in and around Brighton were quarantined after a man linked to several coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom came into contact with health-care workers and members of the public.Hide Caption 165 of 225A police officer, left, wears protective gear as he guards a cordon at the Hong Mei House in Hong Kong on February 11.A police officer, left, wears protective gear as he guards a cordon at the Hong Mei House in Hong Kong on February 11. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A police officer, left, wears protective gear as he guards a cordon at the Hong Mei House in Hong Kong on February 11.Hide Caption 166 of 225A worker wears a protective suit as he waits to screen people entering an office building in Beijing on February 10. China's workforce is <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/10/business/china-companies-return-to-work-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank">slowly coming back to work</a> after the coronavirus outbreak forced many parts of the country to extend the Lunar New Year holiday by more than a week.A worker wears a protective suit as he waits to screen people entering an office building in Beijing on February 10. China's workforce is <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/10/business/china-companies-return-to-work-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank">slowly coming back to work</a> after the coronavirus outbreak forced many parts of the country to extend the Lunar New Year holiday by more than a week. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A worker wears a protective suit as he waits to screen people entering an office building in Beijing on February 10. China’s workforce is slowly coming back to work after the coronavirus outbreak forced many parts of the country to extend the Lunar New Year holiday by more than a week.Hide Caption 167 of 225Chinese President Xi Jinping has his temperature checked during an appearance in Beijing on February 10.Chinese President Xi Jinping has his temperature checked during an appearance in Beijing on February 10. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Chinese President Xi Jinping has his temperature checked during an appearance in Beijing on February 10.Hide Caption 168 of 225Photojournalists wearing face masks take photos of a bus carrying passengers after they disembarked from the World Dream cruise ship in Hong Kong on February 9. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/05/asia/coronavirus-cruise-quarantines-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">More than 5,300 people were quarantined on two cruise ships</a> off Hong Kong and Japan.Photojournalists wearing face masks take photos of a bus carrying passengers after they disembarked from the World Dream cruise ship in Hong Kong on February 9. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/05/asia/coronavirus-cruise-quarantines-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">More than 5,300 people were quarantined on two cruise ships</a> off Hong Kong and Japan. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Photojournalists wearing face masks take photos of a bus carrying passengers after they disembarked from the World Dream cruise ship in Hong Kong on February 9. More than 5,300 people were quarantined on two cruise ships off Hong Kong and Japan.Hide Caption 169 of 225People participating in a Lunar New Year Parade in New York City hold signs reading, "Wuhan stay strong!" on February 9.People participating in a Lunar New Year Parade in New York City hold signs reading, "Wuhan stay strong!" on February 9. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People participating in a Lunar New Year Parade in New York City hold signs reading, “Wuhan stay strong!” on February 9.Hide Caption 170 of 225A shopper walks past empty shelves at a grocery store in Hong Kong on February 9. China's Ministry of Commerce <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/06/asia/wuhan-coronavirus-update-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">encouraged supermarkets and grocery stores</a> to resume operations as the country's voluntary or mandatory quarantines began to take an economic toll. A shopper walks past empty shelves at a grocery store in Hong Kong on February 9. China's Ministry of Commerce <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/06/asia/wuhan-coronavirus-update-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">encouraged supermarkets and grocery stores</a> to resume operations as the country's voluntary or mandatory quarantines began to take an economic toll. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A shopper walks past empty shelves at a grocery store in Hong Kong on February 9. China’s Ministry of Commerce encouraged supermarkets and grocery stores to resume operations as the country’s voluntary or mandatory quarantines began to take an economic toll. Hide Caption 171 of 225A worker wearing a protective suit uses a machine to disinfect a business establishment in Shanghai, China, on February 9.A worker wearing a protective suit uses a machine to disinfect a business establishment in Shanghai, China, on February 9. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A worker wearing a protective suit uses a machine to disinfect a business establishment in Shanghai, China, on February 9.Hide Caption 172 of 225Workers in protective gear walk near the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama on February 7.Workers in protective gear walk near the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama on February 7. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Workers in protective gear walk near the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama on February 7.Hide Caption 173 of 225People in Hong Kong attend a vigil February 7 for <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/07/asia/china-doctor-death-censorship-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang. </a>Li, 34, died in Wuhan after contracting the virus while treating a patient.People in Hong Kong attend a vigil February 7 for <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/07/asia/china-doctor-death-censorship-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang. </a>Li, 34, died in Wuhan after contracting the virus while treating a patient. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People in Hong Kong attend a vigil February 7 for whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang. Li, 34, died in Wuhan after contracting the virus while treating a patient.Hide Caption 174 of 225A woman grieves while paying tribute to Li at Li's hospital in Wuhan on February 7.A woman grieves while paying tribute to Li at Li's hospital in Wuhan on February 7. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A woman grieves while paying tribute to Li at Li’s hospital in Wuhan on February 7.Hide Caption 175 of 225The Anthem of the Seas cruise ship is seen docked at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, on February 7. Passengers were to be screened for coronavirus as a precaution, an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN.The Anthem of the Seas cruise ship is seen docked at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, on February 7. Passengers were to be screened for coronavirus as a precaution, an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak The Anthem of the Seas cruise ship is seen docked at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, on February 7. Passengers were to be screened for coronavirus as a precaution, an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN.Hide Caption 176 of 225A light installation is displayed by striking members of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance and other activists at the Hospital Authority building in Hong Kong on February 7.A light installation is displayed by striking members of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance and other activists at the Hospital Authority building in Hong Kong on February 7. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A light installation is displayed by striking members of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance and other activists at the Hospital Authority building in Hong Kong on February 7.Hide Caption 177 of 225Passengers are seen on the deck of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at the Yokohama Port on February 7.Passengers are seen on the deck of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at the Yokohama Port on February 7. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Passengers are seen on the deck of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at the Yokohama Port on February 7.Hide Caption 178 of 225Flight attendants wearing face masks make their way through Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok on February 7.Flight attendants wearing face masks make their way through Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok on February 7. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Flight attendants wearing face masks make their way through Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok on February 7.Hide Caption 179 of 225Workers check sterile medical gloves at a latex-product manufacturer in Nanjing, China, on February 6.Workers check sterile medical gloves at a latex-product manufacturer in Nanjing, China, on February 6. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Workers check sterile medical gloves at a latex-product manufacturer in Nanjing, China, on February 6.Hide Caption 180 of 225A woman wears a protective mask as she shops in a Beijing market on February 6.A woman wears a protective mask as she shops in a Beijing market on February 6. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A woman wears a protective mask as she shops in a Beijing market on February 6.Hide Caption 181 of 225This aerial photo shows the Leishenshan Hospital that is being built in Wuhan to handle coronavirus patients.This aerial photo shows the Leishenshan Hospital that is being built in Wuhan to handle coronavirus patients. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak This aerial photo shows the Leishenshan Hospital that is being built in Wuhan to handle coronavirus patients.Hide Caption 182 of 225A passenger shows a note from the World Dream cruise ship docked at the Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong on February 5.A passenger shows a note from the World Dream cruise ship docked at the Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong on February 5. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A passenger shows a note from the World Dream cruise ship docked at the Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong on February 5.Hide Caption 183 of 225A mask is seen on a statue in Beijing on February 5.A mask is seen on a statue in Beijing on February 5. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A mask is seen on a statue in Beijing on February 5.Hide Caption 184 of 225An ambulance stops at a traffic light in front of the Grand Lisboa Hotel in Macao. The virus turned China's gambling mecca <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/03/asia/china-virus-macao-gambling-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">into a ghost town.</a>An ambulance stops at a traffic light in front of the Grand Lisboa Hotel in Macao. The virus turned China's gambling mecca <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/03/asia/china-virus-macao-gambling-intl-hnk/index.html" target="_blank">into a ghost town.</a> Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak An ambulance stops at a traffic light in front of the Grand Lisboa Hotel in Macao. The virus turned China’s gambling mecca into a ghost town.Hide Caption 185 of 225A dog in Beijing wears a makeshift mask constructed from a paper cup.A dog in Beijing wears a makeshift mask constructed from a paper cup. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A dog in Beijing wears a makeshift mask constructed from a paper cup.Hide Caption 186 of 225Striking hospital workers in Hong Kong demand the closure of the border with mainland China on February 4.Striking hospital workers in Hong Kong demand the closure of the border with mainland China on February 4. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Striking hospital workers in Hong Kong demand the closure of the border with mainland China on February 4.Hide Caption 187 of 225The Diamond Princess cruise ship sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama on February 4. It arrived a day earlier with passengers feeling ill.The Diamond Princess cruise ship sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama on February 4. It arrived a day earlier with passengers feeling ill. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak The Diamond Princess cruise ship sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama on February 4. It arrived a day earlier with passengers feeling ill.Hide Caption 188 of 225A medical worker wearing protective gear waits to take the temperature of people entering Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong on February 4.A medical worker wearing protective gear waits to take the temperature of people entering Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong on February 4. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A medical worker wearing protective gear waits to take the temperature of people entering Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong on February 4.Hide Caption 189 of 225Medical workers in protective suits help transfer patients to a newly completed field hospital in Wuhan.Medical workers in protective suits help transfer patients to a newly completed field hospital in Wuhan. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Medical workers in protective suits help transfer patients to a newly completed field hospital in Wuhan.Hide Caption 190 of 225People wearing protective overalls talk outside a Wuhan hotel housing people in isolation on February 3.People wearing protective overalls talk outside a Wuhan hotel housing people in isolation on February 3. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People wearing protective overalls talk outside a Wuhan hotel housing people in isolation on February 3.Hide Caption 191 of 225A man stands in front of TV screens broadcasting a speech by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on February 3. Lam said the city would shut almost all border-control points to the mainland.A man stands in front of TV screens broadcasting a speech by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on February 3. Lam said the city would shut almost all border-control points to the mainland. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A man stands in front of TV screens broadcasting a speech by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on February 3. Lam said the city would shut almost all border-control points to the mainland.Hide Caption 192 of 225A colleague sprays disinfectant on a doctor in Wuhan on February 3.A colleague sprays disinfectant on a doctor in Wuhan on February 3. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A colleague sprays disinfectant on a doctor in Wuhan on February 3.Hide Caption 193 of 225Commuters in Tokyo walk past an electric board displaying dismal stock prices on February 3, the first business day after the Chinese New Year. Asia's markets recorded their <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/02/investing/china-markets-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank">worst day in years</a> as investors finally got a chance to react to the worsening coronavirus outbreak.Commuters in Tokyo walk past an electric board displaying dismal stock prices on February 3, the first business day after the Chinese New Year. Asia's markets recorded their <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/02/investing/china-markets-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank">worst day in years</a> as investors finally got a chance to react to the worsening coronavirus outbreak. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Commuters in Tokyo walk past an electric board displaying dismal stock prices on February 3, the first business day after the Chinese New Year. Asia’s markets recorded their worst day in years as investors finally got a chance to react to the worsening coronavirus outbreak.Hide Caption 194 of 225Medical workers move a coronavirus patient into an isolation ward at the Second People's Hospital in Fuyang, China, on February 1.Medical workers move a coronavirus patient into an isolation ward at the Second People's Hospital in Fuyang, China, on February 1. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Medical workers move a coronavirus patient into an isolation ward at the Second People’s Hospital in Fuyang, China, on February 1.Hide Caption 195 of 225Children wear plastic bottles as makeshift masks while waiting to check in to a flight at the Beijing Capital Airport on January 30.Children wear plastic bottles as makeshift masks while waiting to check in to a flight at the Beijing Capital Airport on January 30. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Children wear plastic bottles as makeshift masks while waiting to check in to a flight at the Beijing Capital Airport on January 30.Hide Caption 196 of 225Passengers in Hong Kong wear protective masks as they wait to board a train at Lo Wu Station, near the mainland border, on January 30. Passengers in Hong Kong wear protective masks as they wait to board a train at Lo Wu Station, near the mainland border, on January 30. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Passengers in Hong Kong wear protective masks as they wait to board a train at Lo Wu Station, near the mainland border, on January 30. Hide Caption 197 of 225A volunteer wearing protective clothing disinfects a street in Qingdao, China, on January 29.A volunteer wearing protective clothing disinfects a street in Qingdao, China, on January 29. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A volunteer wearing protective clothing disinfects a street in Qingdao, China, on January 29.Hide Caption 198 of 225Nanning residents line up to buy face masks from a medical appliance store on January 29.Nanning residents line up to buy face masks from a medical appliance store on January 29. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Nanning residents line up to buy face masks from a medical appliance store on January 29.Hide Caption 199 of 225Lyu Jun, left, a member of a medical team leaving for Wuhan, says goodbye to a loved one in Urumqi, China, on January 28.Lyu Jun, left, a member of a medical team leaving for Wuhan, says goodbye to a loved one in Urumqi, China, on January 28. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Lyu Jun, left, a member of a medical team leaving for Wuhan, says goodbye to a loved one in Urumqi, China, on January 28.Hide Caption 200 of 225A charter flight from Wuhan arrives at an airport in Anchorage, Alaska, on January 28. The US government chartered the plane to bring home US citizens and diplomats from the American consulate in Wuhan.A charter flight from Wuhan arrives at an airport in Anchorage, Alaska, on January 28. The US government chartered the plane to bring home US citizens and diplomats from the American consulate in Wuhan. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A charter flight from Wuhan arrives at an airport in Anchorage, Alaska, on January 28. The US government chartered the plane to bring home US citizens and diplomats from the American consulate in Wuhan.Hide Caption 201 of 225South Korean President Moon Jae-in wears a mask to inspect the National Medical Center in Seoul on January 28.South Korean President Moon Jae-in wears a mask to inspect the National Medical Center in Seoul on January 28. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak South Korean President Moon Jae-in wears a mask to inspect the National Medical Center in Seoul on January 28.Hide Caption 202 of 225Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, center, attends a news conference in Hong Kong on January 28. Lam said China will stop individual travelers to Hong Kong while closing some border checkpoints and restricting flights and train services from the mainland.Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, center, attends a news conference in Hong Kong on January 28. Lam said China will stop individual travelers to Hong Kong while closing some border checkpoints and restricting flights and train services from the mainland. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, center, attends a news conference in Hong Kong on January 28. Lam said China will stop individual travelers to Hong Kong while closing some border checkpoints and restricting flights and train services from the mainland.Hide Caption 203 of 225Workers at an airport in Novosibirsk, Russia, check the temperatures of passengers who arrived from Beijing on January 28.Workers at an airport in Novosibirsk, Russia, check the temperatures of passengers who arrived from Beijing on January 28. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Workers at an airport in Novosibirsk, Russia, check the temperatures of passengers who arrived from Beijing on January 28.Hide Caption 204 of 225US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference about the American public-health response.US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference about the American public-health response. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference about the American public-health response.Hide Caption 205 of 225Two residents walk in an empty park in Wuhan on January 27. The city remained on lockdown for a fourth day.Two residents walk in an empty park in Wuhan on January 27. The city remained on lockdown for a fourth day. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Two residents walk in an empty park in Wuhan on January 27. The city remained on lockdown for a fourth day.Hide Caption 206 of 225A person wears a protective mask, goggles and coat as he stands in a nearly empty street in Beijing on January 26.A person wears a protective mask, goggles and coat as he stands in a nearly empty street in Beijing on January 26. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A person wears a protective mask, goggles and coat as he stands in a nearly empty street in Beijing on January 26.Hide Caption 207 of 225Medical staff members bring a patient to the Wuhan Red Cross hospital on January 25.Medical staff members bring a patient to the Wuhan Red Cross hospital on January 25. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Medical staff members bring a patient to the Wuhan Red Cross hospital on January 25.Hide Caption 208 of 225People wear protective masks as they walk under Lunar New Year decorations in Beijing on January 25.People wear protective masks as they walk under Lunar New Year decorations in Beijing on January 25. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People wear protective masks as they walk under Lunar New Year decorations in Beijing on January 25.Hide Caption 209 of 225Construction workers in Wuhan begin to work on a special hospital to deal with the outbreak on January 24.Construction workers in Wuhan begin to work on a special hospital to deal with the outbreak on January 24. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Construction workers in Wuhan begin to work on a special hospital to deal with the outbreak on January 24.Hide Caption 210 of 225Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, speaks to reporters on January 24 about <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/24/health/wuhan-coronavirus-chicago-cdc/index.html" target="_blank">a patient in Chicago</a> who had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The patient was the second in the United States to be diagnosed with the illness. Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, speaks to reporters on January 24 about <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/24/health/wuhan-coronavirus-chicago-cdc/index.html" target="_blank">a patient in Chicago</a> who had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The patient was the second in the United States to be diagnosed with the illness. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, speaks to reporters on January 24 about a patient in Chicago who had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The patient was the second in the United States to be diagnosed with the illness. Hide Caption 211 of 225A couple kisses goodbye as they travel for the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing on January 24.A couple kisses goodbye as they travel for the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing on January 24. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A couple kisses goodbye as they travel for the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing on January 24.Hide Caption 212 of 225Workers manufacture protective face masks at a factory in China's Hubei Province on January 23.Workers manufacture protective face masks at a factory in China's Hubei Province on January 23. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Workers manufacture protective face masks at a factory in China’s Hubei Province on January 23.Hide Caption 213 of 225Shoppers wear masks in a Wuhan market on January 23.Shoppers wear masks in a Wuhan market on January 23. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Shoppers wear masks in a Wuhan market on January 23.Hide Caption 214 of 225Passengers are checked by a thermography device at an airport in Osaka, Japan, on January 23.Passengers are checked by a thermography device at an airport in Osaka, Japan, on January 23. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Passengers are checked by a thermography device at an airport in Osaka, Japan, on January 23.Hide Caption 215 of 225People wear masks while shopping for vegetables in Wuhan on January 23.People wear masks while shopping for vegetables in Wuhan on January 23. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People wear masks while shopping for vegetables in Wuhan on January 23.Hide Caption 216 of 225A militia member checks the body temperature of a driver in Wuhan on January 23.A militia member checks the body temperature of a driver in Wuhan on January 23. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A militia member checks the body temperature of a driver in Wuhan on January 23.Hide Caption 217 of 225Passengers wear masks as they arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, on January 23.Passengers wear masks as they arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, on January 23. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Passengers wear masks as they arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, on January 23.Hide Caption 218 of 225A customer holds boxes of particulate respirators at a pharmacy in Hong Kong on January 23.A customer holds boxes of particulate respirators at a pharmacy in Hong Kong on January 23. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A customer holds boxes of particulate respirators at a pharmacy in Hong Kong on January 23.Hide Caption 219 of 225Passengers wear masks at the high-speed train station in Hong Kong on January 23.Passengers wear masks at the high-speed train station in Hong Kong on January 23. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Passengers wear masks at the high-speed train station in Hong Kong on January 23.Hide Caption 220 of 225A woman rides an electric bicycle in Wuhan on January 22.A woman rides an electric bicycle in Wuhan on January 22. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A woman rides an electric bicycle in Wuhan on January 22.Hide Caption 221 of 225People in Guangzhou, China, wear protective masks on January 22.People in Guangzhou, China, wear protective masks on January 22. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People in Guangzhou, China, wear protective masks on January 22.Hide Caption 222 of 225People go through a checkpoint in Guangzhou on January 22.People go through a checkpoint in Guangzhou on January 22. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People go through a checkpoint in Guangzhou on January 22.Hide Caption 223 of 225Medical staff of Wuhan's Union Hospital attend a gathering on January 22.Medical staff of Wuhan's Union Hospital attend a gathering on January 22. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Medical staff of Wuhan’s Union Hospital attend a gathering on January 22.Hide Caption 224 of 225Health officials hold a news conference in Beijing on January 22.Health officials hold a news conference in Beijing on January 22. 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On that day, according to the leaked memo seen by AP and a partial government report, provincial health officials were briefed by the head of China’s National Health Commission. The memo seen by AP claims a “sober understanding of the situation” was given to top officials. They were also warned that “clustered cases suggest that human-to-human transmission is possible,” AP reported, and that with the coming Chinese New Year travel rush “the risk of transmission and spread is high.” “All localities must prepare for and respond to a pandemic,” the memo said, according to the AP report. That day, Wuhan began instituting travel restrictions, and on January 15, officials in the city admitted that “the possibility of human to human transmission cannot be excluded.”However, despite the dire warnings allegedly made in the government briefing, the potential severity of the virus continued to be downplayed in public. On January 19, the Wuhan Health Commission said the outbreak was controllable and preventable, and not contagious. The following day, the public was warned that human-to-human transmission was occurring, and of the potential danger to medical personnel. Within three days, Wuhan was placed on lockdown.By then, however, it was too late. The virus spread throughout China, infecting tens of thousands of people. The six-day delay between when officials knew of human-to-human transmission and when they made this public may have been key in driving the spread of the virus, according to researchers at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. In a recent paper, they estimated that enacting social distancing and travel restrictions a week earlier in China could have cut infections by up to two-thirds. As of Thursday, China says some 83,000 people have been infected with the virus in China, and more than 3,300 have died. Beyond the country’s borders, the situation has become even worse, with more than two million cases worldwide. While some governments — particularly Washington — have sought to blame China for the outbreak, as cases spread in their countries, many followed the same pattern of delay and downplaying of potential danger as their Chinese counterparts, even when they had all the necessary information to act and the potential severity of the virus was clear. US President Donald Trump has touted a ban on travelers from China as evidence he acted early to contain the outbreak, but CNN has reported previously that he ignored key guidance from officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as within his own administration, and downplayed their concerns and injected controversial and unproven theories into the conversation.

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