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Coronavirus: How countries around the world are reacting to the outbreak

As the coronavirus reached the soil of a sixth continent, countries around the globe have stepped up measures to contain the spread of the infectious disease.

On Thursday, the global count of those infected hovered around 82,000, with 433 new cases reported in China and another 505 in South KoreaIran’s caseload surged by more than 100 cases.

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters Thursday that “this virus has pandemic potential,” but it can be contained if nations take swift action.

“If you act aggressively now, you can contain this virus, you can prevent people getting sick, you can save lives,” Tedros said. “This is not a time for fear, this is a time for taking action now to prevent infections and save lives now.”

Here are some of the different ways countries are reacting to the COVID-19 epidemic:

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