The first case of the deadly coronavirus has been confirmed in New York City, causing residents to descend into mass hysteria.

And, despite the case being contained and closely monitored, New Yorkers have been seen flocking to supermarkets to stock up on supplies in apocalyptic scenes.

Keep scrolling for the full story, and to see the footage of the hysterical shoppers for yourself...

We are currently in the midst of a medical crisis.

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Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.

But what exactly is the coronavirus?

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Reuters gave a short guide to what it is exactly... "Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscope - they are spherical and their surfaces are covered with "crown"-like spikes."

So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly.

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"Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death."

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed by Worldometer that 3,069 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 89,842 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.

Things are only getting worse...

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The virus continues to rapidly spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in 8 other countries including here in America, the U.K, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

The United Nations have declared a global emergency.

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The World Health Organization declared the emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

And everyone has been asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There are many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...

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And the World Health Organization has warned that it can be spread by simply coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva.

Scientists have been working tirelessly in a bid to find a vaccine...

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But despite generous donations made to the cause, they have so far had no luck.

People all around the world are panicking.

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It's a dire situation.

And many are going to extreme lengths to protect themselves.

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People have been spotted donning face masks and various other items of clothing and materials in airports in a desperate bid to avoid the virus.

And last month, the panic peaked when the head of Wuhan Hospital, the city known for being at the center of the crisis, tragically died.

He is the first hospital director to die from contracting the deadly virus.

His death was confirmed by People's Daily, the official newspaper of China's Communist Party.

This is utterly devastating news.

It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...

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And there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.

Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...

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And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

As stated earlier, the coronavirus has infected numerous different countries now...

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And the United States is now one of them.

The number of cases here in America is rising...

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So far, eighty-eight people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and 2 have reportedly died.

And the disease is only expected to continue spreading...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that it expects the coronavirus to spread in the United States and has asked Americans to prepare for when the virus hits, not if, CNN reported.

Preparations are underway...

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And hospitals across the country are bracing themselves for an influx of infected patients.

And for San Francisco, conditions have been deemed as too dire...

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And they have become the first U.S. city to declare an official state of emergency... Despite not having any confirmed cases of the virus.

San Francisco mayor, London Breed, declared the local emergency on Tuesday.

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“Although there are still zero confirmed cases in San Francisco residents, the global picture is changing rapidly, and we need to step-up preparedness," she said in a statement.

Declaring an emergency will enable the county to stock up on medical supplies and facilities...

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And will allow nurses and doctors to prepare for a possible influx of patients.

Yet, despite these worrying developments...

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President Trump still seems to think that we have everything under control.

Last week, the President took to Twitter to applaud the work he and his administration have been doing regarding the virus outbreak...

He wrote: "CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus, including the very early closing of our borders to certain areas of the world."

But, despite Trump's confidence...

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New Yorkers are definitely not feeling the same way.

The first case of the virus was officially confirmed in the Big Apple on Sunday.

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed New York State’s first case of the coronavirus, saying that a woman contracted the virus while visiting Iran, and is now back in the city isolated in her home.

He has stressed that the situation is "under control"...

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“The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving in New York," Governor Cuomo said in a statement.

But, regardless of his reassurances...

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People residing in the city are still descending into mass hysteria.

New York's supermarkets were swamped by panicked shoppers over the weekend...

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Who, in scenes not unlike zombie apocalypse movies, were frantically stocking up on supplies.

It was truly chaotic scenes.

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Footage from one of the city's Costco's showed people rushing to stock up on toilet roll, bottled water, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizers.

Similar scenes were seen in one of the city's Chinese supermarkets...

As panicked shoppers flushed the store of groceries.

But our President has some wise words for all panicked New Yorkers...

"Be calm & vigilant!" This is a developing story, so stayed tuned for updates.