In pictures: The novel coronavirus outbreak

A worker disinfects a carved cross at the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Colombia, on Wednesday, April 8.

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Updated 12:52 PM ET, Thu April 9, 2020

A worker disinfects a carved cross at the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Colombia, on Wednesday, April 8.

Ivan Valencia/Bloomberg/Getty Images

The novel coronavirus is spreading across the world.

The illness was first reported in late December in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in central China’s Hubei province. It has now found a foothold on every continent except for Antarctica, and many countries have declared a national emergency.

The World Health Organization declared it to be a pandemic, the first since the H1N1 flu in 2009.

Coronavirus symptoms can look like a common cold or flu. But for those with a weaker immune system, the virus could cause more serious illnesses like pneumonia or bronchitis.

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