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Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread

The World Well being Group (WHO) has declared a pandemic over a brand new coronavirus which causes an sickness referred to as COVID-19 that has unfold to almost each nation.

The illness has killed greater than 473,000 folks and contaminated over 9 million, in accordance with data compiled by Johns Hopkins College. Greater than four.three million folks have recovered.


Beneath is a timeline:

June 22 – 28 

On June 23UNESCO mentioned the pandemic has solely exacerbated circumstances that has left practically 260 million kids excluded from faculty in 2018, and urged governments to do extra to assist probably the most deprived.

Saudi Arabia introduced on June 24 that it’s going to restrict the variety of home pilgrims attending the Hajj to round 1,000 after barring Muslims overseas from the ceremony for the primary yr in fashionable occasions.

On the identical day, Germany ordered two new lockdowns for the complete districts of Warendorf and Guetersloh after a coronavirus outbreak at a slaughterhouse contaminated greater than 1,500 staff. 

June 15 – 21

On June 15, China moved to mass testing within the capital, Beijing, after a spike in circumstances linked to a significant wholesale meals market.

Quite a few European nations, together with France, Germany, Greece and Switzerland, reopened their borders to fellow Europeans.

On June 16, in what scientists and the WHO hailed as a “breakthrough”, an affordable and extensively used steroid dexamethasone grew to become the primary drug discovered to dramatically cut back the chance of dying from COVID-19. 

Neighbours India and Pakistan noticed the deadliest day of the pandemic on June 17, with greater than 2,000 deaths in India and 140 in Pakistan. 

On June 18, Indonesia reported 1,331 new coronavirus infections, its greatest day by day improve for the reason that outbreak began regionally, taking its complete variety of circumstances to 42,762.

The World Well being Group introduced that testing of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in its giant multi-country trial of remedies for COVID-19 sufferers had been halted after new knowledge and research confirmed no profit.

On June 19 WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned that the 150,000 new circumstances recorded on June 18 was the very best quantity reported in a single day, as the worldwide pandemic accelerated.

Spain on June 21 reopened its borders to most European nations, in addition to Britain, because the coronavirus state of emergency ends. Spaniards had been additionally allowed to maneuver freely across the nation from Sunday.

Worldwide, a minimum of eight.85 million folks had been confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus, greater than four.three million have recovered, and greater than 465,000 folks have died, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College.

June eight – 14

On June eight, knowledge from Johns Hopkins College confirmed that greater than seven million folks had been confirmed to have the coronavirus with a minimum of 406,900 dying from the illness.

In the meantime, New Zealand’s Ministry of Well being mentioned the nation not had any lively circumstances of coronavirus.

On June 9, a Harvard Medical College analysis report prompt that the coronavirus may need been spreading in China as early as August 2019.

On June 10, a report by the Group for Financial Cooperation and Growth mentioned the pandemic had triggered the worst world recession in practically a century even and not using a second wave of infections. 

The variety of US circumstances on June 11 surpassed two million, whereas the dying toll exceeded 110,000. In the meantime, vaccine developer Moderna introduced plans to trial its vaccine on 30,000 folks in July. 

Beijing on June 12 reported its first occasion of native transmission in weeks – a 52-year-old man who mentioned he had not left the Chinese language capital for greater than two weeks and had not been in touch with anybody from outdoors town.

June 1 – 7

On June 1, Moscow partially eased a troublesome lockdown following a fall in novel coronavirus circumstances for the first time in 9 weeks, whereas the UK was additionally making ready to loosen up its lockdown regardless of considerations among the many authorities’s scientific advisory physique.

Greece additionally lifted lockdown restrictions for motels, open-air cinemas, golf programs and public swimming swimming pools.

On June 2, Africa’s coronavirus circumstances surpassed 150,000 as greater than four,300 deaths had been confirmed throughout the continent.

A South African courtroom dominated that sure coronavirus lockdown rules had been “unconstitutional and invalid” after a group group challenged the validity of the federal government’s response to the pandemic final month.

Italy reopened its borders for travellers from Europe on June three.

On June four, Russia’s complete variety of infections throughout the nation surged previous the 440,000 mark, with the dying toll additionally persevering with to mount.

Not less than two US senators accused China of hiding knowledge from the World Well being Group that might have altered the course of the coronavirus outbreak, whilst a Chinese language official denied delays in sharing data, saying the federal government acted overtly and transparently.

On June 5, India recorded one other file single-day spike in circumstances with greater than 9,800 infections, taking the nation’s toll to 226,770. The full variety of deaths surpassed 6,000.

Following a public backlash, Turkey cancelled a choice to impose a brand new, two-day weekend curfew in 15 of the nation’s hardest-hit provinces and cities. 

On June 6the World Well being Group (WHO) modified its place on face masks and inspired folks to put on them in crowded locations.

In the meantime, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to tug his nation out of the WHO, accusing the physique of being “partisan” and “political”.

On June 7, the global dying toll from the coronavirus surged previous 400,000, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College. About 30 p.c of these circumstances, or two million infections, had been within the US.

Could 25 – 31

Japan lifted a nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus on Could 25, progressively reopening the world’s third-largest economic system as authorities officers warned warning was nonetheless vital to stop one other wave.

The world reached a grim milestone on Could 26 because the variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances handed the 5.5 million mark

On Could 27, the USA grew to become the primary nation to succeed in a six-figure dying toll, because the variety of folks killed from the coronavirus surpassed 100,000. On the identical day, Spain began a 10-day official mourning interval in reminiscence of the greater than 27,000 individuals who misplaced their lives to the virus within the nation. 

US President Donald Trump introduced on Could 29 that the US was “terminating” its relationship with the WHO, saying the company has not made coronavirus reforms.

On Could 31Latin America’s dying toll surged previous the 50,000 mark and circumstances neared a million, with nations akin to Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru struggling to stem the tide.

In the meantime, within the UK, a third member of a scientific advisory physique to the federal government warned that it was too quickly to raise the COVID-19 lockdown as a result of the check and hint system was not but totally operational.

Could 18 – 24

On Could 19, World Well being Group (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus promised an impartial evaluation of the worldwide pandemic response, after nations at a digital assembly of the World Well being Meeting known as for a probe.

On the identical day within the UK, unemployment claims jumped from 856,000 folks to 2.1 million because the pandemic took maintain and hit the labour market.

The variety of coronavirus circumstances worldwide reached the 5 million mark on Could 21, in accordance with the Johns Hopkins College tally. The USA, Russia and Brazil stood because the nations with the very best variety of infections. 

Chinese language authorities registered on Could 23 zero new infections of coronavirus for the primary time since they started reporting knowledge in January. About 80 million infants may very well be prone to vaccine-preventable illnesses akin to diphtheria, measles and polio as a result of disruption of routine immunisation brought on by the pandemic, UN businesses have warned.

On Could 24 Muslims around the globe are celebrating Eid al-Fitr with thousands and thousands beneath strict stay-at-home orders and lots of fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks. In the meantime, Russia recorded its highest dying toll for the reason that pandemic started, with 153 information deaths bringing the whole to three,541 amongst 344,481 circumstances.

Could 11 – 17 

Saudi Arabia mentioned on Could 11 it could impose powerful austerity measures by tripling its Worth Added Tax from 5 p.c to 15 p.c, along with halting month-to-month handout funds to residents with a view to address file low oil costs and a coronavirus-led financial droop.

On Could 14, The United Nations predicted the coronavirus pandemic would shrink the world economic system by three.2 p.c this yr, the sharpest contraction for the reason that Nice Despair within the 1930s, pushing an estimated 34.three million folks into excessive poverty, principally in Africa.

Officers confirmed on Could 15 the primary coronavirus an infection of a Rohingya refugee within the sprawling camps in southern Bangladesh.

On Could 16, India’s coronavirus circumstances surpassed China’s with the well being ministry reporting 85,940 infections and a couple of,752 deaths. The worst-hit Indian states are Maharashtra with 29,100 circumstances, Tamil Nadu 10,108, Gujarat 9,931 and New Delhi eight,895. India prolonged an almost two-month-old stringent lockdown by one other two weeks.

Former US President Barack Obama criticised the nation’s leaders on Could 17 for his or her dealing with of the coronavirus response, telling faculty graduates in a web-based graduation tackle that the pandemic reveals many officers “aren’t even pretending to be in cost”.

Could four – 10 

On Could 5, the UK recorded the very best official COVID-19 dying toll in Europe, with greater than 30,000 folks useless.

In a reversal from earlier statements, US President Donald Trump mentioned on Could 7 that the emergency job power dealing with his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak will not be wound down, and can as a substitute proceed its work “indefinitely”.

The WHO warned on Could eight, that 83,000 to 190,000 folks in Africa may very well be killed by the coronavirus illness within the first yr and infect between 29 million and 44 million throughout that interval if it isn’t contained.

On Could 10, each China and South Korea reported new spikes in coronavirus circumstances, with Seoul recording 34 new circumstances – its greatest single-day soar in a couple of month.

April 27 – Could three 

The variety of US circumstances surpassed on April 28 a million, a 3rd of worldwide infections, whereas the dying toll exceeded 57,000. 

On April 29, Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir proved efficient in opposition to the brand new coronavirus in a significant examine, shortening the time it takes for sufferers to get better by 4 days on common, in accordance with US authorities and firm officers. The information got here because the US economic system took its hardest hit for the reason that top of the Nice Recession, with its GDP contracting four.eight p.c within the first quarter of the yr. 

Greater than 30 million folks within the US filed claims on April 30 for jobless advantages for the reason that starting of coronavirus-related lockdowns. In the meantime, the eurozone’s economic system shrunk by three.eight p.c within the first quarter, the most important hit since information started in 1995.

On Could three, Afghanistan’s well being ministry raised the alarm over the unfold of the brand new coronavirus after a small examine with random exams in Kabul prompt that a couple of third of the capital’s residents may very well be contaminated.

April 20 – 26

On April 21, President Donald Trump introduced on Twitter that he “can be signing an Govt Order to quickly droop immigration into the USA!”

In the meantime, a report by the UN World Meals Programme warned that the variety of folks going through acute meals insecurity may double, leaping to 265 million, due to the disruptions brought on by the pandemic, together with border closures.

The pandemic is anticipated to drive carbon dioxide emissions down by six p.c this yr, the pinnacle of the World Meteorological Group mentioned on April 22, in what could be the most important yearly drop since World Conflict II.

On April 23, the variety of US residents who filed for first-time unemployment advantages within the 5 weeks for the reason that begin of coronavirus-related lockdowns reached a file 26 million.

The confirmed variety of coronavirus-related deaths worldwide on April 25 reached one other grim milestone by exceeding the 200,000 threshold.

On the identical day, the WHO warned in opposition to nations issuing so-called “immunity passports” to those that have recovered from COVID-19, saying there was no scientific proof to show that these folks develop immunity in opposition to potential an infection sooner or later.

On April 26, the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan, the place the worldwide coronavirus pandemic started, mentioned it had no remaining circumstances of the an infection in its hospitals, with all sufferers handled for COVID-19 discharged.
Saudi Arabia partially lifted the curfew in all areas of the dominion whereas retaining a 24-hour curfew in Mecca and beforehand remoted neighbourhoods.

April 13 – 19

On April 14, each India and France prolonged a nationwide lockdown, till Could three and Could 11, respectively. On the identical day, Taiwan reported no new circumstances for the primary time in additional than a month.

In the meantime, as recognized infections worldwide surpassed two million on April 15, the Worldwide Financial Fund mentioned the worldwide economic system was anticipated to shrink by three p.c this yr – the most important contraction for the reason that Nice Despair of the 1930s.

On April 17, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti mentioned prayers throughout Ramadan and the next Eid al-Fitr pageant must be carried out at dwelling if the coronavirus outbreak continues, in accordance with a Saudi newspaper.

Turkey surpassed Iran for probably the most infections within the Center East on April 19, as circumstances there rose to 86,306.

April 6 – 12

On April 6, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved into intensive care as his situation worsened after being hospitalised in London with persistent COVID-19 signs. He was launched from intensive care on April 9 and was discharged from hospital on April 12.

On April 7, Japan declared a state of emergency amid a spike in coronavirus circumstances, whereas Singapore started a partial lockdown.

On April eight, Wuhan started permitting folks to go away for the primary time for the reason that central Chinese language metropolis was sealed off 76 days in the past to comprise the coronavirus that first emerged there late final yr. In Singapore, using Zoom for on-line training was suspended after hackers hijacked a lesson and confirmed obscene photos to college students.

The UK introduced its worst single-day dying toll oApril 10, with an additional 980 individuals who had contracted coronavirus dropping their lives within the 24 hours earlier than Thursday night.

The US recorded on April 11 a complete dying toll of 20,071, surpassing Italy’s toll of 19,468. Instances within the US topped 519,000.

March 30 – April 5

On March 31, the variety of deaths as a result of coronavirus within the US surpassed these reported by China, the place the brand new coronavirus was detected late final yr. By the top of the week, the US reported greater than four,000 amid greater than 300,000 circumstances.

On April 1, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the coronavirus pandemic presents the world with its “worst disaster” since World Conflict II as the worldwide complete of confirmed COVID-19 circumstances reached a million and the worldwide dying toll topped 50,000.

On April three, the World Well being Group (WHO) warned governments within the Center East that they need to act rapidly to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus as circumstances within the area have risen to almost 60,000 – nearly double the tally of per week earlier.

In the UK, Johnson was taken to a hospital on April 5 after exhibiting persistent signs, 10 days after testing optimistic for the virus.

On the identical day, Iran, the worst-hit nation within the Center East, reported a complete dying toll of three,603 amid 58,226 circumstances. Nevertheless, President Hassan Rouhani mentioned that “low-risk” financial actions would resume from April 11. 

March 23 – 29 

Within the US, the White Home and Senate leaders of each events struck an settlement on March 25 on a sweeping $2 trillion measure to assist staff, companies and a healthcare system strained by pandemic. By the top of the week, the US accounted for the very best variety of coronavirus infections on the earth, recording greater than 124,000 circumstances and a couple of,000 deaths, greater than double the determine two days earlier than.

In the meantime, because the variety of circumstances worldwide surpassed 600,000, with greater than 27,000 deaths on March 27, India and South Africa joined the nations to impose lockdowns. Kenya, Kazakhstan and Honduras reported their first deaths, whereas Johnson introduced he had examined optimistic.

In Europe, Spain recorded 838 new coronavirus deaths over the earlier 24 hours on March 29, marking the nation’s highest day by day soar in fatalities. The nation was now second solely to Italy the place the dying toll shot previous 10,000 with 889 new deaths.

March 16 – 22 

On March 18, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared, for the primary time ever, a “human biosecurity emergency” within the nation. On the opposite facet of the Pacific ocean, Chile and Guatemala shut down their borders hoping strict measures would curb the unfold of the virus. 

However in uncommon optimistic information, no new home circumstances had been reported in China for the primary time for the reason that begin of the outbreak. 

On March 20, coronavirus-related deaths surged previous 10,000 globally. Extra circumstances had been reported in Turkey and Pakistan, whereas Iran registered a complete of 14,991 infections and 853 deaths. 

On March 21, as Europe remained the epicentre of the pandemic, with Italy reporting four,825 fatalities amid 53,578 circumstances, the EU took the unprecedented step to droop guidelines on public deficits, giving nations free rein to inject spending into the economic system as wanted.

On March 22, Palestinian officers within the besieged Gaza Strip introduced the primary two coronavirus circumstances.

March 9 – 15 

On March 9, Iran launched mentioned some 70,000 prisoners had been launched due to the coronavirus outbreak within the nation, with out specifying if or when these freed would wish to return to jail.

On March 10, Lebanon and Morocco reported their first deaths from the virus.

In a long-anticipated transfer, the WHO on March 11 declared on the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, whereas Turkey, Ivory Coast, Honduras, Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Panama and Mongolia confirmed their first circumstances. In Qatar, infections jumped drastically from 24 to 262 in a single day. 

On March 15, Kazakhstan, the Philippines and Austria tightened restrictions in a bid to comprise the pandemic.

March 2 – eight 

On March 5, Saudi Arabia introduced its first coronavirus case.

China’s Well being Fee reported 99 new circumstances on March 7, down from 143 circumstances the day earlier than, with a complete of 80,651 circumstances nationwide. Official knowledge confirmed the nation’s exports plunging 17.2 p.c within the first two months of the yr after the outbreak introduced a lot of the nation to a halt.

On Monday eight, Saudi authorities locked down the japanese Qatif area and introduced the suspension of all colleges and universities throughout the nation till additional discover. 

In a sweeping transfer, Italy imposed a strict quarantine within the state of Lombardy and 14 different areas within the north, affecting a complete of 16 million folks.

February 24 – March 1 

This week marked the affirmation of first circumstances in nations internationally, together with Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Norway, Romania, Greece, Georgia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Macedonia, Brazil, Estonia, Denmark, Northern Eire and the Netherlands, Lithuania and Wales.

On February 25, Iran’s Deputy Well being Minister Iraj Harirchi, who, a day earlier, had given a press briefing on the outbreak, confirmed he had coronavirus. The nation’s official complete reached 95 circumstances with 15 deaths. 

Because the variety of infections handed 82,000 worldwide on February 27, together with greater than 2,800 deaths, the US was contemplating invoking the Protection Manufacturing Act which might grant President Donald Trump the ability to increase industrial manufacturing of key supplies or merchandise for nationwide safety. 

February 17 – 23 

On February 19, Iran reported two deaths from the coronavirus, hours after confirming its first circumstances, whereas South Korea reported on February 20 its first dying from the coronavirus. 

In the meantime, China mentioned the dying toll had risen to 2,118 whereas the whole variety of circumstances reached 74,576. The nation’s well being fee reported day by day infections dropped to the bottom in nearly a month, a results of authorities solely counting circumstances confirmed by genetic testing in Hubei. 

On February 21, Israel reported its first confirmed case after a lady who returned from a cruise ship examined optimistic.

In Italy, officers confirmed a 3rd dying on February 23, whereas native authorities introduced the Venice Carnival to an early shut and suspended sports activities occasions.


February 10 – 16

As of February 10, China had 908 confirmed deaths and a complete of 40,171 infections, prompting President Xi Jinping to seem in public for the primary time for the reason that outbreak started, visiting a hospital within the capital, Beijing, and urging confidence within the battle in opposition to the virus. 

5 days later, a February three speech by Chinese language President Xi Jinping, revealed by state media, indicated the federal government knew about the specter of the virus effectively earlier than the general public alarm was raised. 

On February 11, the WHO introduced that the illness brought on by new coronavirus could be known as “COVID-19”. The brand new coronavirus itself was dubbed SARS-CoV-2.

On February 13, Japan confirmed its first dying linked to the virus.

Egypt grew to become the primary nation in Africa on February 14, to report a case and France reported Europe’s first dying from the virus. On February 16Taiwan reported its first dying.

February three – 9 

On February 6, authorities in Malaysia reported the nation’s first recognized human-to-human transmission whereas the variety of folks contaminated in Europe reached 30.

On February 7, Li Wenliang, a health care provider who was among the many first to sound the alarm over the coronavirus in China, died, and Hong Kong launched jail sentences for anybody breaching quarantine guidelines. 

On February 9, the dying toll in China surpassed that of the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, with 811 deaths recorded and 37,198 infections. An investigative workforce led by specialists from the WHO departed for China.

January 27 – February 2 

On January 30, the WHO declared the coronavirus a global emergency because the dying toll in China jumped to 170, with 7,711 circumstances reported within the nation, the place the virus had unfold to all 31 provinces. By the top of the week, China reported 304 deaths amid 14,380 infections. 

Inside a number of days, new circumstances had been confirmed in India, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, the US, the UAE and Vietnam.

On February 2, the Philippines reported the first dying outdoors China, the sufferer being a Chinese language man from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province the place the brand new coronavirus was detected in late 2019.

January 20 – 26

On January 20, China reported a 3rd dying and greater than 200 infections, with circumstances additionally reported outdoors Hubei province together with in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

In the meantime, a Chinese language skilled on infectious illnesses confirmed human-to-human transmission to state broadcaster CCTV, elevating fears of a significant outbreak as thousands and thousands travelled for the Lunar New 12 months vacation.

The cities of Wuhan, Xiantao and Chibi in Hubei province had been positioned beneath efficient quarantine on January 23 as air and rail departures had been suspended. By the top of the week, extra areas had been positioned beneath lockdown affecting a complete of 56 million folks. 

The WHO mentioned that the outbreak didn’t but represent a public emergency of worldwide concern and there was “no proof” of the virus spreading between people outdoors of China.


January 13 – 19

The WHO reported on January 13 a case in Thailand, the primary outdoors of China, in a lady who had arrived from Wuhan.

On January 17, as a second dying was reported in Wuhan, well being authorities within the US introduced that three airports would begin screening passengers arriving from town.

Authorities within the US, Nepal, France, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan confirmed circumstances over the next days.

January 6 – 12

On January 7, officers introduced they’d recognized a brand new virus, in accordance with the WHO. The novel virus was named 2019-nCoV and was recognized as belonging to the coronavirus household, which incorporates SARS and the frequent chilly.

On January 11, China announced its first death from the virus, a 61-year-old man who had bought items from the seafood market. Therapy didn’t enhance his signs after he was admitted to hospital and he died of coronary heart failure on the night of January 9

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December 31 – January 5 

On December 31 final yr, China alerted the WHO to a number of circumstances of surprising pneumonia in Wuhan, a metropolis of 11 million folks. The virus was unknown.

A number of of these contaminated labored on the metropolis’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which was shut down on January 1. As well being specialists labored to determine the virus amid rising alarm, the variety of infections exceeded 40.

On January 5, Chinese language officers dominated out the likelihood that this was a recurrence of the extreme acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus – an sickness that originated in China and killed greater than 770 folks worldwide in 2002-2003.

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