Coronavirus live updates: Epidemic slows in China but grows elsewhere around the world

A virus epidemic that started in China about two months ago is now tightening its grip around the globe.

At least 64 other nations have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, with South Korea, and Iran having the highest national totals, respectively, behind China. The World Health Organization, which has declared the outbreak a global health emergency and warned of its "pandemic potential," has recorded nearly 90,000 confirmed infections and over 3,000 deaths worldwide. China remains the hardest-hit country by far, accounting for over 90 percent of cases and fatalities.

PHOTO: This photo taken on March 2, 2020, shows workers spraying disinfectant on a road in Yunmeng county, Xiaogan city, in China's central Hubei province. (Str/AFP via Getty Images)

PHOTO: This photo taken on March 2, 2020, shows workers spraying disinfectant on a road in Yunmeng county, Xiaogan city, in China's central Hubei province. (Str/AFP via Getty Images)

PHOTO: This photo taken on March 2, 2020, shows workers spraying disinfectant on a road in Yunmeng county, Xiaogan city, in China's central Hubei province. (Str/AFP via Getty Images)

However, China appears to be winning its battle against the newly identified virus, known officially as COVID-19, which emerged in the city of Wuhan back in December. The number of new cases reported each day has plummeted in recent weeks and hospitals are sending thousands of recovered patients home.

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"We definitely believe that with the coming of spring, we are not far from the coming of the victory, of the final defeat of COVID-19," Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, told reporters in New York City on Monday.

PHOTO: South Korean soldiers in protective gear use a machine to spray disinfectant on visiting cars at Kyungpook National University Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, March 3, 2020. (Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters)

PHOTO: South Korean soldiers in protective gear use a machine to spray disinfectant on visiting cars at Kyungpook National University Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, March 3, 2020. (Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters)

PHOTO: South Korean soldiers in protective gear use a machine to spray disinfectant on visiting cars at Kyungpook National University Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, March 3, 2020. (Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters)

Meanwhile, an outbreak is growing in the United States where over 100 cases have been confirmed in at least 11 states as of Tuesday morning, according to The Associated Press. That number includes 48 people who were repatriated to the United States on charter flights from Wuhan, China, or from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan. There have also been several instances of community-acquired cases on U.S. soil in which the patients had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual.

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At least six Americans sickened with the virus have died.

PHOTO: In this photo taken on March 1, 2020, a medic treats a patient infected with the novel coronavirus at a hospital in Tehran, Iran. (Koosha Mahshid Falahi/AP)

PHOTO: In this photo taken on March 1, 2020, a medic treats a patient infected with the novel coronavirus at a hospital in Tehran, Iran. (Koosha Mahshid Falahi/AP)

PHOTO: In this photo taken on March 1, 2020, a medic treats a patient infected with the novel coronavirus at a hospital in Tehran, Iran. (Koosha Mahshid Falahi/AP)

U.S. President Donald met with pharmaceutical companies at the White House on Monday to discuss the progress being made in trying to rapidly develop a vaccine.

COVID-19 causes symptoms similar to pneumonia, ranging from the mild, such as a slight cough, to the more severe, including fever and difficulty breathing, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no vaccine yet for the virus.

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