2019-nCoV Timeline

Timeline created by joshua2020181
  • First human infection

    First human infection
    The first case occurred in early December, and began an outbreak by mid-December. The outbreak is thought to have originated in a wild animal market in Wuhan.
  • Over 100 confirmed cases

    January 18 had 121 confirmed cases in China
  • Asian Football Confederation relocates matches from Wuhan

    Asian Football Confederation relocates matches from Wuhan
    The AFC moved the matches for the third round of the 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament from Wuhan. A few days later it announced the matches would be held in Sydney, Australia.
  • Wuhan placed under quarantine

    Wuhan placed under quarantine
    Travel in and out of Wuhan, a city of 11 million residents, was suspended indefinitely.
  • Over 1,000 confirmed cases in China

    January 24 had 1,287 confirmed cases in China. The confirmed case count increased by 1166 cases in 6 days.
  • Majority of Hubei province under quarantine

    Majority of Hubei province under quarantine
    52 million residents under quarantine by January 24. An additional 5 million people in Hubei were quarantined by January 28.
  • Gates Foundation donates $5 million

    Gates Foundation donates $5 million
    The Gates Foundation dated US$ 5 million to help front-line responders in Hubei. On February 6, they pledged to up their donations to $100 million.
  • Japan donates medical supplies while evacuating its own citizens

    Japan donates medical supplies while evacuating its own citizens
    Japan donated 1 million face masks and 20,000 protective suits to Wuhan
  • Direct Relief and FedEx donates 200,000 face masks

    Direct Relief and FedEx donates 200,000 face masks
    Aid organization Direct Relief and FedEx donated medical supplies including 200,000 face masks and other equipment such as gloves and gowns to Wuhan.
  • Multiple airlines cancel flights to Mainland China

    Multiple airlines cancel flights to Mainland China
    British Airways, Lufthansa, Lion Air (an Indonesian airline), and Air Seoul cancel flights to mainland China. Many other airlines have also reduced or canceled flights and from mainland China.
  • WHO declares the outbreak a global health emergency

    WHO declares the outbreak a global health emergency
    The WHO declared this outbreak of the novel coronavirus a global health emergency. This is the 6th time the WHO has declared a global health emergency in the past ten years.
  • Over 10,000 confirmed cases in China

    January 31 saw 11,791 confirmed cases in China. The confirmed case count increased by 10,504 cases in 5 days.
  • All Schengen countries suspends issuing visas to Chinese citizens except for France

    All Schengen countries suspends issuing visas to Chinese citizens except for France
    France is the only Schengen country to continue issuing visas to Chinese citizens.
  • US implements quarantine on travelers from Hubei

    US implements quarantine on travelers from Hubei
    The United States declared SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) a public health emergency and required all travelers who have visited Hubei in the past 14 days to be placed under quarantine for 14 days.
  • USA travel restriction for Hubei

    USA travel restriction for Hubei
    Everyone who had been in Hubei in the previous 14 days must be quarantined for 14 days when arriving in the US.
  • Over 20,000 confirmed cases

    There were 20,438 confirmed cases on Feb 3. The confirmed case count increased by 8,647 cases in 3 days.
  • Australia evacuates citizens

    Australia evacuates citizens
    The Australian government chartered flights to evacuate 240 citizens from Hubei on February 3rd and 266 more on February 8th. There were placed under quarantine on Christmas Island after evacuation. Each evacuee had to pay a fee of A$1,000.
  • Cities in Zhejiang implement partial lockdown

    Cities in Zhejiang implement partial lockdown
    Wenzhou, a city of 9 million, implemented travel restrictions, closing the majority of their highways. Taizhou and districts in Hangzhou and Ningbo implement restrictions including only allowing one person per household to go outside every two days.
  • Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined

    Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined
    Diamond Princess, a cruise ship, was quarantined in the Port of Yokohama, Japan on February 5th. As of February 10, there were 136 confirmed cases onboard.
  • World Dream quarantined

    World Dream quarantined
    The cruise ship World Dream was quarantined in Hong Kong's port after three Chinese tourists showed symptoms. There were three confirmed cases out of the 3,800 passengers and crew. The quarantine was lifted on February 9, 2020.
  • Over 30,000 confirmed cases

    February 6th had 31,161 confirmed cases. The confirmed case count increased by 10,723 cases in 3 days.
  • 174 million people affected by outdoor restrictions in China

    174 million people in China live in administrative divisions that have implemented outdoor restrictions including only allowing one family member to go outside every two days and other restrictions.
  • Over 40,000 confirmed cases

    February 10th had 40,171 confirmed cases. The confirmed case count increased by 9,010 cases in 3 days.
  • The disease and virus are named

    The disease and virus are named
    The WHO named this disease COVID-19. The virus is named SARS-CoV-2
  • Over 50,000 cases worldwide

    There were 50,580 COVID-19 cases worldwide. The case count increased 10,000 cases in 5 days. The majority (99%) of cases are still in China
  • Over 75,000 cases

    February 19 saw 75,204 cases worldwide. This is an increase of 25,000 cases in just 4 days.
  • US Travel Restrictions to Iran, South Korea, Italy

    US Travel Restrictions to Iran, South Korea, Italy
    Restrictions expanded to prevent any foreign national who has visited Iran within the last 14 days. The US also urged Americans not to travel to areas of Italy or South Korea.
  • Over 100,000 cases worldwide

    March 7th had 101,924 cases worldwide. Now, only about 80% of global cases are in China. Other countries with outbreaks of their own include Italy, Iran, and South Korea. The case numbers increased by 25,000 in 17 days, much slower than before.
  • USA travel restriction for Europe

    USA travel restriction for Europe
    All foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen area in the past 14 days are denied entry. This ban is later extended to the UK the next day. EU officials criticized the ban as they were not consulted beforehand.
  • Over 150,000 cases worldwide

    Cases increased to 153,517 cases on March 15. This is an increase of 50,000 cases in 8 days. Less than half of all cases are in China.
  • European Union imposes travel ban

    European Union imposes travel ban
    The European Council banned all incoming travel from anywhere outside of the Schengen Area. Certain exceptions apply for people with long-term visas or family in Europe.
  • Over 200,000 cases worldwide

    March 19 had 209,842 cases. It only took 4 days to increase the case number by 50,000. Only 40% of global cases are still in China. New Chinese cases have slowed down drastically. Cases begin to explode in the US, doubling every two days.
  • States begin implementing stay at home orders

    States begin implementing stay at home orders
    Since individual states are in charge of their own response to the COVID-19 pandemic, individual states implement their own stay at home orders throughout the second half of March and into early April. California is the first state to implement their stay at home order.
  • Hong Kong implements compulsory quarantine

    Hong Kong implements compulsory quarantine
    All people entering Hong Kong except those from Macau and Taiwan are subject to a 14-day quarantine.
  • Flights into India Suspended

    Flights into India Suspended
    All flights to India are suspended until further notice. India only has 283 cases at this point.
  • Hong Kong closes borders

    Hong Kong closes borders
    Hong Kong closed its borders to non-residents and has a mandatory 14 day quarantine for all residents returning to Hong Kong
  • Over 500,000 cases worldwide

    March 27 had 509,164 cases worldwide. This is an increase of 300,000 cases in 8 days. The US also overtakes China in case count the next day (Mar 28).
  • China restricts all travel of foreigners into the country

    China restricts all travel of foreigners into the country
    All non-Chinese citizens are no longer permitted entry to China including people with valid visas.
  • USA travel restriction expanded

    USA travel restriction expanded
    The US banned foreigners from Brazil. The US also sent a Global Level 4 travel advisory. US citizens are warned to not travel and all US citizens abroad should be prepared to remain abroad.
  • Korea implements 14 day quarantine

    Korea implements 14 day quarantine
    Korea implements mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days for all passengers entering the country.
  • Over 1,000,000 cases worldwide

    Global case numbers reached 7 digits on April 4. This means case numbers doubled in 8 days. The US is leading in case count accounting for almost 25% of the global case count.
  • Over 1.5 million cases

    April 10 had over 1.5 million cases. The case count increased by 500,000 in 6 days. The US now represents almost a third of all cases. China only represents 5% of global cumulative cases.
  • Korea Travel Ban

    Korea Travel Ban
    Korea bans travel from all countries that do not allow visa-free travel in South Korea.
  • Over 2 million cases

    April 17 had over 2 million cases. The case count increased by 500,000 in 7 days. China only represents 4% of total cases while the US represents about a third of all cases worldwide.
  • Over 3 million cases worldwide

    April 29 had over 3 million cases. This is an increase of 1 million cases in 12 days. The number of cases in the US nears 1 million while china remains steady at 84,000.
  • Over 4 million cases worldwide

    May 11 had over 4 million cases and 279 thousand deaths worldwide. This includes almost 1.3 million cases in the US-15 times the number of cases in China. Russia, the UK, Spain, and Italy all had over 200,000 cases each.