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With COVID-19 outbreaks in Iran, Italy and South Korea, and new cases outside China exceeding those identified at the epicentre of the outbreak for the first time, a global pandemic is becoming increasingly likely. World Health Organization officials have repeatedly said that, while they’re still hopeful that the novel coronavirus can be contained, now is the time to prepare for the worst. Canada’s chief public health officer has said that it will get harder to contain the coronavirus as it spreads to more countries, and on Wednesday Toronto identified its first presumptive case of COVID-19 that originated in a country outside China, the third in Canada to be traced back to Iran, and the 12th case overall. In light of the growing spread of the virus, here’s what we know about how a pandemic response might unfold.