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Timeline of the coronavirus

A timeline and in-depth look into how COVID-19 has affected the world since it emerged

What’s shocked a lot of people about the COVID-19 coronavirus, is how quickly it spreads and subsequently how different society has been changing week-by-week to deal with this global crisis.

When did it start?

The 19 in COVID-19, refers to it being ‘Coronavirus disease 2019’ as it started to emerge late in 2019.

Despite the true origin of the virus being unknown, The earliest known infection occurred on 17 November 2019 in Wuhan, China.

Wuhan was where the first death due to the coronavirus, occurring on the 9th of January, by the 22nd of January confirmed cases of COVID-19 in China had reached a total of 571.

A timeline showing the information and dates of key events during the COVID-19 pandemic

The spread of the virus

On the 23rd of January, the Chinese central government had imposed a lockdown on the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak at this time, they also locked down other cities in the Hubei province as 25 more people had doed from the coronavirus in the country.

Unfortunately by this time the virus had already began to spread across the globe, with the first death outside of China occurring in the Philippines on the 1st of February.

By the end of Febuary, global cases of COVID-19 had reached over 86.000, with the Northern regions of Italy being hit by the coronavirus heavily.

On the 11th of March, the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Where are we now?

As of today, global confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have reached 500,000 and 21,284 people have died from COVID-19 and The World Health Organisation have said that the US could become the new global epicentre for the coronavirus.

Although times are hard all around the world, there is still cause to stay hopeful, for instance, there has recently been a reduced rate in cases in Italy and the city of Wuhan is looking to re-open after their lockdown as the number of cases of the coronavirus in Wuhan have fallen drastically.


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