Photos | Coronavirus: Over 85,000 infected globally, over 2,900 deaths

The novel coronavirus has rapidly spread across the world in the past week, causing stock markets to sink to their lowest levels since the 2008 global financial crisis over fears that the disease could wreak havoc on the world economy. More than 2,900 people have died and over 85,000 have been infected worldwide since it was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. The vast majority of infections have been in China but more daily cases are now logged outside the country, with South Korea, Italy and Iran emerging as major hotspots. South Korea has the most cases outside China, with 3,150 infections as 813 more patients were reported on Saturday -- the country's biggest increase to date.

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A man rides past bags of vegetables being prepared for delivery on an almost empty street in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province. A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 85,000 people globally. The World Health Organisation has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. (AFP)

A man rides past bags of vegetables being prepared for delivery on an almost empty street in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province. A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 85,000 people globally. The World Health Organisation has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. (AFP)

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A worker stands as rolls of fabric feed into a machine on the protective mask production line at the Mask Factory Co. facility in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong's government unveiled on February 26 a budget packed with giveaways including a one-time cash handout that economists said isn't likely to spur growth, as the city struggles to stabilise an economy battered by political unrest and the coronavirus. (Paul Yeung / Bloomberg)

A worker stands as rolls of fabric feed into a machine on the protective mask production line at the Mask Factory Co. facility in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong's government unveiled on February 26 a budget packed with giveaways including a one-time cash handout that economists said isn't likely to spur growth, as the city struggles to stabilise an economy battered by political unrest and the coronavirus. (Paul Yeung / Bloomberg)

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French President Emmanuel Macron flanked by French Director General of Health Jerome Salomon, meets medical staff as he visits the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris on February 27, 2020 where the first French victim of COVID-19 passed away the day before. The country has registered 57 cases so far, with 2 deaths. (Martin Bureau / AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron flanked by French Director General of Health Jerome Salomon, meets medical staff as he visits the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris on February 27, 2020 where the first French victim of COVID-19 passed away the day before. The country has registered 57 cases so far, with 2 deaths. (Martin Bureau / AFP)

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People wearing protective face masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, are seen in front of the Giant Olympic rings at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan. Seventy cases — the largest from a single prefecture in Japan — have been detected in the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, where experts have raised concern about growing clusters of patients with unknown transmission routes. (Athit Perawongmetha / REUTERS)

People wearing protective face masks, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, are seen in front of the Giant Olympic rings at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan. Seventy cases — the largest from a single prefecture in Japan — have been detected in the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, where experts have raised concern about growing clusters of patients with unknown transmission routes. (Athit Perawongmetha / REUTERS)

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Military vehicles spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, on a road near Dongdaegu railway station in Daegu, South Korea. The country confirmed 594 more coronavirus cases on February 29, the biggest increase to date for the country and taking the national total to 2,931 infections with three additional deaths. (AFP)

Military vehicles spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, on a road near Dongdaegu railway station in Daegu, South Korea. The country confirmed 594 more coronavirus cases on February 29, the biggest increase to date for the country and taking the national total to 2,931 infections with three additional deaths. (AFP)

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A bus driver wearing a protective a mask, to prevent contracting coronavirus, drives a bus in Tehran, Iran. The virus and the COVID-19 illness it causes have killed 43 people out of 593 confirmed cases in Iran, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said. The country is preparing for the possibility of “tens of thousands” of people getting tested for the new coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases spiked again Saturday. (Nazanin Tabatabaee via REUTERS)

A bus driver wearing a protective a mask, to prevent contracting coronavirus, drives a bus in Tehran, Iran. The virus and the COVID-19 illness it causes have killed 43 people out of 593 confirmed cases in Iran, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said. The country is preparing for the possibility of “tens of thousands” of people getting tested for the new coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases spiked again Saturday. (Nazanin Tabatabaee via REUTERS)

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A man wearing a protective mask plays with pigeons in the Piazza del Duomo in central Milan, Italy, following security measures taken in northern Italy against the novel coronavirus. (Miguel Medina / AFP)

A man wearing a protective mask plays with pigeons in the Piazza del Duomo in central Milan, Italy, following security measures taken in northern Italy against the novel coronavirus. (Miguel Medina / AFP)

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A display shows the latest information on the spread of the novel coronavirus worldwide during a crisis meeting of government officials in Berlin, Germany. At the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, basins of holy water were emptied for fear of spreading germs. The country has registered 57 cases of the virus. (Annegret Hilse / REUTERS)

A display shows the latest information on the spread of the novel coronavirus worldwide during a crisis meeting of government officials in Berlin, Germany. At the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, basins of holy water were emptied for fear of spreading germs. The country has registered 57 cases of the virus. (Annegret Hilse / REUTERS)

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Two tourists peek out of hotel windows at H10 Costa Adeje Palace, which is on lockdown after novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Adeje, on the Spanish island of Tenerife, Spain. (Borja Suarez / REUTERS)

Two tourists peek out of hotel windows at H10 Costa Adeje Palace, which is on lockdown after novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Adeje, on the Spanish island of Tenerife, Spain. (Borja Suarez / REUTERS)

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A man, wearing a protective face mask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walks past the Rain Vortex display at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore. The country has registered 98 cases of the virus so far. (Roslan Rahman / AFP)

A man, wearing a protective face mask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walks past the Rain Vortex display at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore. The country has registered 98 cases of the virus so far. (Roslan Rahman / AFP)

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