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COVID-19

TIMELINE


2019
8 DECEMBER

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The COVID-19 story begins on 8 December 2019 when a resident in Wuhan City, China, was found to have symptoms of an unknown coronavirus.


2019
31 DECEMBER

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China informs the World Health Organization (WHO) about a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province. The virus is still not understood.


2020
1 JANUARY

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The WHO moves into an emergency mode for dealing with a major disease outbreak. Huanan seafood market is shut down.


2020
7 JANUARY

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The disease is identified by Chinese authorities as a new type of coronavirus, novel coronavirus, or nCoV.

2020
13 JANUARY

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A case of the coronavirus is confirmed in Thailand. It is the first recorded case outside of China.

2020
11 JANUARY

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The first death from the new coronavirus is reported by Chinese state media - a 61-year-old man in Wuhan died who had underlying health conditions.




2020
14 JANUARY

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The WHO notes there may have been limited human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus and there is a risk of a possible wider outbreak.


2020
20 JANUARY

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The United States announces its first confirmed case - a man in his 30s who had returned from a trip to Wuhan. There are also confirmed cases in Japan and South Korea.


2020
23 JANUARY

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Wuhan is locked down by Chinese authorities in an attempt to halt the spread of the disease. Roads are severely restricted and rail and air services are suspended.


30 JANUARY 2020

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Public Health Emergency declared The WHO Director-General declares the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.


2020
5 FEBRUARY

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More than 3,600 passengers are quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan. A large number of passengers test positive and the ship attracts global media attention.


2020
11 FEBRUARY

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The WHO proposes a new official name for the disease caused by the coronavirus: COVID-19, an acronym for coronavirus disease 2019.


2020
21 FEBRUARY

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South Korean surge
The Shincheonji Church of Jesus in South Korea is linked to a surge of infections in the country.


2020
23 FEBRUARY

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Italy sees a major surge in cases of the coronavirus and many towns are locked down. It is the first major outbreak in Europe.


2020
29 FEBRUARY

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The first coronavirus death is recorded in the United States. Travel restrictions are announced.


2020
11 MARCH

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The WHO makes the assessment that COVID-19 can be officially described as a pandemic due to the rapid increase in the number of cases outside China.

2020
24 MARCH

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On a key day in the COVID-19 story, the milestone of more than 100,000 patients to successfully recover from the virus is reached, and the lockdown is partially lifted for China's Hubei Province. In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi orders a "complete" lockdown for the 1.3 billion population and, in Japan, the Tokyo Olympics are postponed until 2021, ending weeks of speculation over whether they would go ahead in July.

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https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/coronavirus-spread-covid19-pandemic-timeline-milestones/

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