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See how the coronavirus is upending daily life in China

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A new strain of the coronavirus, which can bring symptoms similar to pneumonia, with fever and respiratory problems, has claimed at least 81 lives in China and stricken thousands of people. Checkpoints for screenings were being set up around China and far beyond, including at five airports in the United States. Stores in China have sold out face masks as quickly as they stock them. Travel bans were imposed in Wuhan — the central Chinese city where the virus was first detected — and other Chinese cities.

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Here are photos of how the health crisis is unfolding.

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Jan. 27: 50 million people quarantined across China’s cities

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Security personnel wearing protective clothing check the temperature of people at a subway station entrance in Beijing on Jan. 27.

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A woman wearing a protective mask is seen in a small shop in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Wuhan on Jan. 27.

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Jan. 26: Travel ban in China questioned

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People wearing masks ride a travelator inside a train station in Hong Kong on Jan. 26.

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Chinese police officers walk in front of the gated entrance of The Palace Museum in Beijing on Jan. 26.

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A girl wearing a mask walks under Lunar New Year decorations in Ditan Park in Beijing on Jan. 26.

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An empty street in Wuhan on Jan. 26, 2020.

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Jan. 25: Chinese New Year celebrations cancelled

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Riders and a bus driver wearing protective masks stand inside a bus near the Forbidden City in Beijing on Jan. 25.

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People wearing protective masks stand in front of the closed gate of the Lama Temple in Beijing on Jan. 25.

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Pharmacy workers wearing protective clothes and masks serve customers in Wuhan on Jan. 25.

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People wear masks as they pray at Wong Tai Sin temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Rat in Hong Kong on Jan. 25.

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Medical staff members arrive with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on Jan. 25.

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Jan. 24: Wuhan builds 1,000-bed hospital

Construction workers drive excavators at the site of a new 1,000-bed field hospital being built to accommodate the increasing number of coronavirus patients in Wuhan on Jan. 24.

An electrician sets up wiring at the site of a new 1,000-bed field hospital being built in Wuhan on Jan. 24.

Jan. 23: China’s largest cities on alert

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Chinese passengers, almost all wearing protective masks, arrive to board trains before the annual Spring Festival at a Beijing railway station on Jan. 23.

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A security officer is using alcohol to disinfect a neighborhood in Wuhan.

People wear masks to buy vegetables in a market in Wuhan.

People wear masks in a supermarket in Wuhan.

Commuters wearing face masks ride an elevator in an MTR subway station in Hong Kong.

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Security personnel wearing protective masks walk in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing.

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A train passenger in Beijing is checked for a fever.

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Jan. 22: Life transformed

A man wears a mask on the subway in Wuhan.

Workers pack face masks at a factory in Handan, China.

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A woman wearing a protective mask waits outside Beijing's railway station.

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Jan. 21: First case in the U.S.

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Satish Pillai, a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, talks about a confirmed case of coronavirus in Snohomish County, Wash.

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A staff member screens arriving passengers with thermal scanners at Hankou railway station in Wuhan.

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People wearing protective masks arrive at Beijing's railway station ahead of the Lunar New Year.

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A man wearing a protective mask takes pictures on the promenade of the Bund in Shanghai.

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Jan. 11 to 17: The origins of a crisis

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Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team members conduct searches on the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan on Jan. 11.

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Medical staff transfer patients to a hospital in Wuhan on Jan. 17.