A comprehensive timeline of the new coronavirus pandemic, from China's first COVID-19 case to the present
- The novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, in late December.
- The virus is now known to have infected more than 240,000 people around the world and killed more than 9,800 of them.
- The virus has also spread to about 160 countries and regions around the world in less than three months.
- Here is a timeline of some of the most significant events and moments of the pandemic.
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December 31, 2019: Chinese Health officials informed the World Health Organization about a cluster of 41 patients with a mysterious pneumonia. Most were connected to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, a wet market in the city of Wuhan.
January 1, 2020: Chinese authorities closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.Advertisement
January 7: Chinese authorities identified the virus that caused the pneumonia-like illness as a new type of coronavirus (called novel coronavirus or nCoV).
January 11: China recorded its first death linked to the novel coronavirus.Advertisement
January 13: The first coronavirus case outside of China was reported in Thailand.
January 20: The first US case is reported: a 35-year-old man in Snohomish County, Washington.Advertisement
January 23: Chinese authorities placed the 11-million-person city of Wuhan under quarantine — and the rest of the Hubei province days later.
January 30: WHO declared a "public-health emergency of international concern."Advertisement
January 31: President Trump banned foreign nationals from entering the US if they had been in China within two weeks prior.
February 2: The first COVID-19-related death outside of China was recorded in the Philippines.Advertisement
February 7: Chinese doctor and novel coronavirus whistleblower Li Wenliang died. At the onset of the outbreak, Wuhan-based Li warned some of his contacts from medical school about a new virus but was reprimanded by the authorities and forced to sign a letter acknowledging that he made "false comments."
February 8: A US citizen died in Wuhan from COVID-19 — the first from that country.Advertisement
February 9: The death toll in China surpassed that of the 2002-2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic, which killed about 774 people globally.
February 11: WHO announced that the disease caused by the new coronavirus would be called "COVID-19."Advertisement
February 12: Coronavirus cases started to spike in South Korea.
February 14: A Chinese tourist who tested positive for the virus died in France, becoming Europe's first death tied to the outbreak.Advertisement
February 19: An outbreak of the novel coronavirus began in Iran.
February 21: The number of COVID-19 cases spiked in Italy, signaling that an outbreak in the country was beginning.Advertisement
February 29: The US confirmed its first death from COVID-19 on American soil.
February 29 - March 19: Nearly all US states declared a state of emergency.Advertisement
March 9: Italy placed all 60 million of its residents on lockdown.
March 11: WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic.Advertisement
March 11: President Trump banned all travel from 26 European countries.
March 13: A US national emergency is declared over the novel coronavirus outbreak.Advertisement
March 17: Italy reported 475 COVID-19 deaths, the highest single-day death toll for any country since the outbreak began.
March 17: A leaked federal plan warns the new coronavirus pandemic "will last 18 months or longer" and may come in "multiple waves" of infections.Advertisement
March 19: Globally, authorities reported more than 235,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with about 140,000 being active and ongoing cases, roughly 85,000 recoveries, and 10,000 deaths.
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