Hong Kong (CNN)The novel coronavirus outbreak appears to have entered a new stage, as cases continue to rise around the world, raising fears of a global pandemic, even as the situation stabilizes inside China.

World Health Organization (WHO) officials said Wednesday that for the first time, the number of daily cases reported outside China had exceeded the number those reported within the country where the outbreak began. Since it was first identified in mid-December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the virus has killed 2,800 worldwide. Though the vast majority of those deaths have occurred in Hubei, the province at the center of the initial outbreak, new self-sustaining outbreaks are fast expanding in Iran, Italy and South Korea. At the end of Wednesday, China’s National Health Commission’s had recorded 78,497 cases in the mainland, and 2,744 deaths. Globally, 3,225 cases have now been confirmed outside of China, bringing the total number to 81,722. The shift in focus from China to the rest of the world was further highlighted Wednesday, with the announcement that all passengers arriving in Beijing would be subject to a 14-day quarantine if they have recently traveled in affected countries. Read More’Aggressive containment’In Washington, US President Donald Trump announced a new team dedicated to tackling the virus, led by Vice President Mike Pence. “Mike will be working with the professionals, doctors and everybody else that’s working,” Trump said, adding that Pence will report directly to him. “Because of all we’ve done (so far), the risk to the American people remains very low.” “It is what it is. We’re ready for it. We’re really prepared,” the President continued. “We have, as I said, we have the greatest people in the world. We’re very ready for it. We hope it doesn’t spread. There’s a chance that it won’t spread, too. And there’s a chance that it will.” Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director for the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, said the US should expect to see more cases of coronavirus.”Our aggressive containment strategy here in the United States has been working, and it is responsible for the low levels of cases that we have so far,” she said. “However, we do expect more cases. And this is a good time to prepare.”Trump’s speech comes after cases of the virus were confirmed in South America — they have now been reported in every continent but Antarctica. In Europe, officials are working overtime to stop a continent-wide outbreak, as the situation in Italy continues to worsen. More than 400 cases have been reported in the Southern European nation, the majority of those in the northern Lombardy region. Sporting and social events across northern Italy have been canceled over fears of spreading the virus. More than 18 cases of the virus have been confirmed in both Germany and France, while two French patients have died from the disease. A bank clerk disinfects banknotes in the headquarters of the Suining Bank in southwest China's Sichuan province on Wednesday, February 26. China's central bank has ordered banks to ensure the safety of cash circulation by putting money through a quarantine period or disinfecting and destroying cash from places like hospitals and public transport services to curb the spread of the coronavirus.A bank clerk disinfects banknotes in the headquarters of the Suining Bank in southwest China's Sichuan province on Wednesday, February 26. China's central bank has ordered banks to ensure the safety of cash circulation by putting money through a quarantine period or disinfecting and destroying cash from places like hospitals and public transport services to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A bank clerk disinfects banknotes in the headquarters of the Suining Bank in southwest China’s Sichuan province on Wednesday, February 26. China’s central bank has ordered banks to ensure the safety of cash circulation by putting money through a quarantine period or disinfecting and destroying cash from places like hospitals and public transport services to curb the spread of the coronavirus.Hide Caption 1 of 80A child wearing a protective face mask rides on a scooter in an empty shopping and residential area in Beijing.A child wearing a protective face mask rides on a scooter in an empty shopping and residential area in Beijing. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A child wearing a protective face mask rides on a scooter in an empty shopping and residential area in Beijing.Hide Caption 2 of 80People disinfect Qom's Masumeh shrine in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday, February 25, to prevent the spread of coronavirus.People disinfect Qom's Masumeh shrine in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday, February 25, to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People disinfect Qom’s Masumeh shrine in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday, February 25, to prevent the spread of coronavirus.Hide Caption 3 of 80A Catholic devotee wearing a protective mask has his head sprinkled with ash during Ash Wednesday services in Paranaque City, Philippines, on Wednesday, February 26.A Catholic devotee wearing a protective mask has his head sprinkled with ash during Ash Wednesday services in Paranaque City, Philippines, on Wednesday, February 26. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A Catholic devotee wearing a protective mask has his head sprinkled with ash during Ash Wednesday services in Paranaque City, Philippines, on Wednesday, February 26.Hide Caption 4 of 80A worker in Daegu, South Korea, stacks plastic buckets containing medical waste from coronavirus patients on Monday, February 24.A worker in Daegu, South Korea, stacks plastic buckets containing medical waste from coronavirus patients on Monday, February 24. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A worker in Daegu, South Korea, stacks plastic buckets containing medical waste from coronavirus patients on Monday, February 24.Hide Caption 5 of 80Paramedics carry a stretcher off an ambulance in Hong Kong on Sunday, February 23.Paramedics carry a stretcher off an ambulance in Hong Kong on Sunday, February 23. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Paramedics carry a stretcher off an ambulance in Hong Kong on Sunday, February 23.Hide Caption 6 of 80People 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 7 of 80A 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 8 of 80A 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 9 of 80Hospital personnel in Codogno, Italy, carry new beds inside the hospital on Friday, 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 Friday, 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 Friday, February 21. The hospital is hosting some people who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.Hide Caption 10 of 80Doctors look at a CT scan of a lung at a hospital in Xiaogan, China, on Thursday, February 20.Doctors look at a CT scan of a lung at a hospital in Xiaogan, China, on Thursday, February 20. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Doctors look at a CT scan of a lung at a hospital in Xiaogan, China, on Thursday, February 20.Hide Caption 11 of 80A 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 12 of 80Buses 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 13 of 80A medical worker rests at the isolation ward of the Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China, on February 16.A medical worker rests at the isolation ward of the Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China, on February 16. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A medical worker rests at the isolation ward of the Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China, on February 16.Hide Caption 14 of 80Authorities 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 15 of 80A 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 16 of 80Beds 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 17 of 80A 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 18 of 80Relatives 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 19 of 80The 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 20 of 80A 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 21 of 80A 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 22 of 80Chinese 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 23 of 80Photojournalists 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 24 of 80People 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 25 of 80A 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 26 of 80A 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 27 of 80Workers 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 28 of 80People 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 29 of 80A 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 30 of 80The 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 31 of 80A 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 32 of 80Passengers 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 33 of 80Flight attendants wearing face masks make their way through Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on February 7.Flight attendants wearing face masks make their way through Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on February 7. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Flight attendants wearing face masks make their way through Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on February 7.Hide Caption 34 of 80Workers 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 35 of 80A 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 36 of 80This aerial photo shows the Leishenshan Hospital that is being built in Wuhan, China, to handle coronavirus patients.This aerial photo shows the Leishenshan Hospital that is being built in Wuhan, China, to handle coronavirus patients. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak This aerial photo shows the Leishenshan Hospital that is being built in Wuhan, China, to handle coronavirus patients.Hide Caption 37 of 80A 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 38 of 80A 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 39 of 80An 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 40 of 80A 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 41 of 80Striking 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 42 of 80The Diamond Princess cruise ship sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama, Japan, 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, Japan, 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, Japan, on February 4. It arrived a day earlier with passengers feeling ill.Hide Caption 43 of 80A 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 44 of 80Medical 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 45 of 80People 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 46 of 80A 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 47 of 80A 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 48 of 80Commuters 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 49 of 80Medical 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 50 of 80Children 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 51 of 80Passengers 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 52 of 80A 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 53 of 80Nanning 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 54 of 80Lyu 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 55 of 80A 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 56 of 80South 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 57 of 80Hong 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 58 of 80Workers 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 59 of 80Alex Azar, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks during a news conference about the American public-health response.Alex Azar, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks during a news conference about the American public-health response. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Alex Azar, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks during a news conference about the American public-health response.Hide Caption 60 of 80Two 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 61 of 80A 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 62 of 80Medical 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 63 of 80People 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 64 of 80Construction 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 65 of 80Dr. 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 66 of 80A 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 67 of 80Workers 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 68 of 80Shoppers 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 69 of 80Passengers 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 70 of 80People 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 71 of 80A 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 72 of 80Passengers 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 73 of 80A 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 74 of 80Passengers 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 75 of 80A 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 76 of 80People 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 77 of 80People 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 78 of 80Medical 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 79 of 80Health officials hold a news conference in Beijing on January 22.Health officials hold a news conference in Beijing on January 22. Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Health officials hold a news conference in Beijing on January 22.Hide Caption 80 of 8003 coronavirus 0226 sichuan money01 coronavirus 0226 beijing02 iran coronavirus 022601 philippines ash wednesday coronavirus 022605 coronavirus 0224 south korea01 coronavirus hong kong 022301 coronavirus japan 022301 coronavirus thailand 022401 coronavirus beijing 022301 coronavirus codogno italy01 coronavirus hubei 022004 coronavirus 0218 beijing02 coronavirus US plane 0216 japan01 coronavirus 0216 wuhan02 coronavirus 0213 westerdam cambodia05 coronavirus 0212 beijing08 coronavirus 021205 coronavirus 0211 hong kong03 coronavirus 0212 yokohama02 coronavirus 0211 brighton UK03 coronavirus 0211 hong kong05 coronavirus 0210 beijing04 coronavirus 0210 xi jinping05 coronavirus 0209 hong kong07 coronavirus 0209 new york01 coronavirus 020903 coronavirus 020903 coronavirus 0207 yokohama RESTRICTED03 Li Wenliang tribute 020706 Li Wenliang tribute 020704 coronavirus 0207 new jersey09 coronavirus 0207 hong kong07 coronavirus 0207 yokohama08 coronavirus 0207 bangkok10 coronavirus 0207 nanjing01 coronavirus 0206 beijingLeishenshan Hospital 020503 coronavirus 0205 hong kong04 coronavirus 0205 beijing08 coronavirus 0204 macau01 coronavirus 0204 beijing05 coronavirus 0204 hong kong RESTRICTED03 coronavirus 0204 yokohama04 coronavirus 0204 hong kong07 coronavirus 0204 wuhan01 coronavirus 0203 wuhan RESTRICTED05 coronavirus 0203 hong kongwuhan coronavirus 020307 coronavirus 0203 tokyo japan RESTRICTED02 coronavirus 0201 Fuyang China01 coronavirus 0130 beijing03 coronavirus 0130 hong kong restricted03 coronavirus outbreak 0129 Qingdao04 coronavirus outbreak 0129 Nanning01 coronavirus outbreak 0128 Xinjiang02 us coronavirus alaska flight01 coronavirus 012801 coronavirus 0128 RESTRICTED02 coronavirus 012702 coronavirus 0128 restricted02 wuhan coronavirus 012701 coronavirus beijing 012604b coronavirus 0125 wuhan COPY01 coronavirus 012501 coronavirus 012404 coronavirus 05 coronavirus 0124 beijing 02 coronavirus 0124 RESTRICTED06 coronavirus08 coronavirus10 coronavirus11 coronavirus RESTRICTED12 coronavirus13 coronavirus RESTRICTED14 coronavirus RESTRICTED02 coronavirus04 coronavirus RESTRICTED05 coronavirus RESTRICTED07 coronavirus RESTRICTED09 coronavirus RESTRICTEDSouth Korea outbreakIn Asia, the worst outbreak beyond mainland China is in South Korea, where more than 1,595 cases have been reported, including 12 deaths. That outbreak appears to have begun in the southern city of Daegu, where around 700 of the cases have been reported, but it has since spread throughout the country, bringing with it travel restrictions and emergency measures. The South Korean government has also rolled out a new phone app, which requires travelers entering the country to self-diagnose themselves and report any possible symptoms.Joint US-South Korea military drills were called off Thursday due to the outbreak, after multiple members of the military were diagnosed with the virus. An American soldier infected with the virus is being treated at Camp Humphreys, near the city of Pyeongtaek, the headquarters of the United States Forces Korea (USFK). The soldier has been placed in negative pressure isolation to prevent the virus spreading, and is being monitored by medical professionals, Camp Humphreys Commander Michael Tremblay said.The soldier is a 23-year-old man and is the first American service member to be confirmed with coronavirus.In the US, the Pentagon said late Wednesday that it was prohibiting all non-essential Department of Defense travel to South Korea due to the outbreak. Tokyo 2020 preparation still underway despite coronavirus fearsTokyo 2020 preparation still underway despite coronavirus fearsTokyo 2020 preparation still underway despite coronavirus fearsJUST WATCHEDTokyo 2020 preparation still underway despite coronavirus fearsReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Tokyo 2020 preparation still underway despite coronavirus fears 02:47Worldwide spreadPressure is now growing on officials in Japan over plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, events for which are due to begin next month. Around 150 cases have been confirmed in Japan, in addition to the almost 700 cases confirmed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which began disembarkation last week after 14-days of quarantine. Tokyo 2020 officials said Thursday that they were not currently considering canceling the Olympic Torch relay, which begins on March 26, but will look into how to host it without increasing the risk of infection, including scaling down events and the number of spectators. Speaking to CNN, Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, said the IOC has never had to deal with a possible pandemic and that “we are in daily if not hourly contact with the World Health Organization and the specialized agencies” to understand the facts and tendencies of the on-going coronavirus threat.As for potential scenarios if the Games were indeed under threat, Pound suggested the Olympics could “be postponed for a few months, postponed for a year” if necessary or “dispersed in parcels around the world.” “We’re not anywhere near that kind of decision making process,” he added. Friday prayers have been canceled in Iran, after the worst outbreak in the Middle East saw a rapid spike in numbers this week.Around 140 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Iran, and 19 deaths. Multiple neighboring countries have cut off travel to Iran, while Qatar has ordered the evacuation of citizens from the country, along with Kuwaitis who wish to leave Iran. Sheikh Hamad al-Thank “issued directives to evacuate the citizens of the State of Qatar and citizens of the sisterly State of Kuwait, who are currently in Iran, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus,” Qatari state media reported. Trump blames media for coronavirus fears as top health officials issue stark warningsTrump blames media for coronavirus fears as top health officials issue stark warningsTrump blames media for coronavirus fears as top health officials issue stark warningsJUST WATCHEDTrump blames media for coronavirus fears as top health officials issue stark warningsReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Trump blames media for coronavirus fears as top health officials issue stark warnings 04:46Pandemic fears rattle marketsThe World Health Organization (WHO) has so far held off on classifying the coronavirus’ spread as a global pandemic, but the outbreak appears to be getting closer to meeting the global health body’s definition of one.Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said Tuesday that the situation has met two of the criteria for a pandemic: “the fact that this virus has caused illness — including illness that has resulted in death — and sustained person-to-person spread.””As community spread is detected in more and more countries, the world moves closer towards meeting the third criteria: worldwide spread of the new virus,” she said.The situation has rattled global markets and led to concern about the long term economic impact of the virus, with the Dow posting major losses earlier this week, though the US market opened marginally higher Wednesday. In a widely-criticized tweet Wednesday, Trump claimed that CNN and MSNBC “are doing everything possible to make the (virus) look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible.”He later blamed the stock market downturn on the Democratic presidential debates.

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