coronavirus timeline

  • The start of all the chaos

    The first cases of pneumonia detected in Wuhan are reported to the OMS. During this period, the virus is still unknown. The cases occur between December 12 and 29, according to Wuhan health authorities.
  • Suspicions

    China's health authorities are closing the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, after it was discovered that wild animals sold there may be the source of the virus.
  • Start of the investigation

    China announces that the unknown cases of pneumonia in Wuhan do not correspond to SARS or MERS. In a statement, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission says a retrospective investigation into the outbreak has been launched.
  • The new virus called 19-nCoV

    Chinese authorities confirm that they have identified the virus as a new coronavirus, initially named 2019-nCoV by the OMS.
  • First death

    The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission announces the first death caused by the coronavirus. A 61-year-old man, exposed to the virus in the seafood market, died on January 9 after respiratory failure from severe pneumonia.
  • Warning

    China Shares Coronavirus Genetic Sequence for Countries to Develop Diagnostic Kits.
  • Second death

    Thai authorities report a case of coronavirus infection. The infected man is a Chinese citizen who had arrived from Wuhan.
  • Japanese infected

    In Japan, authorities confirm that a Japanese man who traveled to Wuhan is infected with the virus.
  • confirmation of the second death by covid

    Chinese health officials confirm that a second person died in the country. The United States responds to the outbreak by implementing symptom screenings at San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles airports.
  • It starts to spread

    Cases are reported in Beijing and Shenzhen, China.
  • Increase the number of infected

    China reports 139 new cases of the disease, including the death of a third person.
    In addition, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announce that they are working on a vaccine against the coronavirus. "NIH is in the process of taking the first steps toward developing a vaccine," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
  • First case in USA

    Officials in Washington state confirm the first case of coronavirus in the United States.
  • They start to close

    Wuhan announces that it will "temporarily" close its airports and railway stations for passengers leaving the city, following news that the death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus has risen to 17. Chinese authorities confirm at least 547 cases In the continent.
  • They close

    In an emergency committee convened by the OMS, the entity assures that the Wuhan coronavirus does not yet constitute an international public health emergency. Travel restrictions are also imposed on neighboring Wuhan cities, impacting millions of people. The Beijing Bureau of Culture and Tourism cancels all large-scale Lunar New Year celebrations in an effort to contain the growing spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • France

    The first cases of coronavirus are reported in Europe. They were in France.
  • Increase the number

    The number of cases in the world exceeds 1,000. A total of 1,287 cases are registered.
  • More death

    More than 2,700 confirmed cases in China and 50 in other parts of the world. There are 80 dead, all in China. The China Association of Travel Services advises that all tours, including international ones, will be suspended.
  • China

    More than 100 people have died in China from the coronavirus
  • Control

    Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with OMS Director-General Tedros Adhanom in Beijing. At the meeting, Xi and the WHO agree to send a team of international experts, including personnel from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak. . A US State Department plane evacuates diplomats and their families from Wuhan.
  • American surveillance

    The White House announces the creation of a new task force that will help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and ensure that Americans have accurate and up-to-date health and travel information.
  • Transmission medium

    The United States confirms the first person-to-person spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. Coronavirus cases increase to more than 9,600, as well as the number of deaths that rises to 170. There are more than 100 cases in 20 places outside of China. The World Health Organization declares the coronavirus an international public health emergency.
  • They deny entry to the United States

    The Donald Trump administration announces that it will deny entry to foreigners who have traveled to China in the past 14 days.
  • China

    A man dies in the Philippines from the Wuhan coronavirus. It is the first time a death has been reported outside mainland China since the outbreak of the disease began.
  • China and USA

    China's Foreign Ministry accuses the US government of reacting inappropriately to the coronavirus outbreak and spreading fear by imposing travel restrictions.
  • A ship full of infected

    Japan's Ministry of Health announces that 10 people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked in Yokohama Bay, have confirmed cases of coronavirus. The vessel, which carries more than 3,700 people, is put into quarantine scheduled to end on February 19.
  • In the world

    The global death toll from coronavirus exceeds 500 people.
  • Death of Dr. Li

    Li Wenliang, the Wuhan doctor who was targeted by police for trying to alert about a "SARS-like" virus in December 2019, has died of the coronavirus. Following the news of Li's death, the messages "The Wuhan government owes Dr. Li Wenliang an apology" and "We want freedom of expression" were trending on Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform Weibo, before disappear from the heavily censored platform.
  • Death of a foreigner

    The US embassy in Beijing confirms that a 60-year-old US citizen died in Wuhan on February 6, the first confirmed death of a foreigner.
  • The president does something about it

    President Xi inspects efforts to contain the Wuhan coronavirus in Beijing. It is the first time that the president appears on the front lines of the fight against the outbreak. On the same day, a team of international experts from OMS arrives in China to help contain the transmission of the virus.
  • Lives charged

    The coronavirus has claimed the lives of 1,000 people around the world, the vast majority in mainland China. Royal Caribbean's cruise ship The Anthem of the Seas sets sail from Bayonne, New Jersey after coronavirus suspicions kept it docked and passengers waited for days.
  • Your name

    The OMS names the coronavirus as COVID-19.
  • Changes in China

    China's state news agency Xinhua announces that Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong will replace Jiang Chaoliang amid the outbreak. The head of the Wuhan Communist Party, Ma Guoqiang, was also replaced by Wang Zhonglin, party head of Jinan City in Shandong Province, according to Xinhua.
  • Chinese tourist dies in France

    A Chinese tourist who was diagnosed with the virus dies in France, becoming the first person to die from the outbreak in Europe. The death toll from the coronavirus stands at 1,500. In addition, Egypt announces its first case of the Wuhan coronavirus, according to a joint statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Health and the OMS. It is the first confirmed case is the first in Africa since the virus was detected.
  • It's public now

    The official Communist Party daily Qiushi publishes the transcript of a speech delivered on February 3 by President Xi in which he "issued requirements for the prevention and control of the new coronavirus" since January 7, revealing that Xi knew and was directing the response to the virus nearly two weeks before I was publicly commenting on it.
  • The pandemic begins

    People who have died from coronavirus exceed 2,000 cases. Xi says in a phone call with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson that China's measures to prevent and control the epidemic "are making visible progress," according to state news Xinhua.