Auxiliary bishop of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Giovanni Battista Piccioli, right, wears a face mask while blessing the city, on April 9, during Holy Week.
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In pictures: The novel coronavirus outbreak

Updated 7:29 AM ET, Fri April 10, 2020

Auxiliary bishop of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Giovanni Battista Piccioli, right, wears a face mask while blessing the city, on April 9, during Holy Week.
Enrique Ortiz/AFP/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.