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Events in History in April 2020

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Apr 1 US President Donald Trump says the US Strategic National Stockpile is almost depleted amid widespread shortages of medical equipment to fight Coronavirus COVID-19

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Apr 2 Record 6.6 million Americans filed claims for unemployment in last week according to the US Department of Labor, 10 million over 2 weeks

Historic DiscoveryCOVID-19

Apr 2 Number of coronavirus COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 1 million, with 1,002,159 cases and 51,485 deaths reported, according to Johns Hopkins University

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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Apr 2 Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro downplays the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic saying "its not all its being made out to be"

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
  • Apr 2 Spain's death toll passes 10,000 (10003), as it posts a record single-day rise of 950 deaths
  • Apr 2 New study shows western Antarctica once swampy with temperate forests 93-83 million years ago during Cretaceous period, according to Alfred Wegener Institute
  • Apr 3 US aircraft carrier captain Brett Crozier cheered off his ship after being fired for a letter demanding more help for his sailors infected with coronavirus COVID-19

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Apr 3 London's Nightingale hospital opened by Prince Charles (remotely) after nine days with 4,000 beds to treat coronavirus COVID-19 patients at the ExCeL Centre

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Apr 3 27 people swept off a ferry and feared dead in the Solomon Islands during Cyclone Harold

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Apr 5 British monarch Queen Elizabeth II makes an address to the nation “we will meet again”, for only the 5th time in her 66-year reign

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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Apr 5 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital suffering from coronavirus COVID-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

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Apr 6 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces state of emergency in seven prefectures and a nearly $1 trillion stimulus package as coronavirus COVID-19 cases climb

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • Apr 6 Nadia, a tiger at the Bronz Zoo, tests positive for COVID-19, 1st known case of human-to-cat transmission
  • Apr 6 US coronavirus COVID-19 death toll passes 10,000 in six weeks, with more than 356,000 American infected, New York death toll reaches 4,758
  • Apr 6 149th British Open Men's Golf Championship is cancelled for the first time since WWII due to the coronavirus pandemic; Royal St George's GC to host event in 2021
  • Apr 6 Cyclone Harold makes landfall in Vanuatu, leaving thousands of houses destroyed and 2 dead

  • Apr 7 China ends its lockdown of Wuhan, the city at the center of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic after 76 days as the country reports no new deaths for the 1st time
  • Apr 7 Australia's highest court overturns the child sexual abuse conviction of Catholic Cardinal George Pell
  • Apr 7 US acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigns after calling Capt. Brett Crozier of the USS Thomas Roosevelt "too naive and too stupid" in address to the crew
  • Apr 7 Wisconsin holds its Democratic primary with in-person voting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, after a mail-in voting rejected by the Wisconsin Legislature

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Apr 8 Bernie Sanders drops out of the Democratic race for US president

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • Apr 8 Saudi-backed coalition fighting Houthi fighters in Yemen calls for a ceasefire after five years to stop the spread of coronavirus COVID-19
  • Apr 8 World Trade organization predicts a drop in global trade greater than the 2008 financial crisis, between 13% and 32% for 2020
  • Apr 11 Brazil is the 1st country in the southern hemisphere to report more than 1,000 deaths from coronavirus COVID-19, with 1,056 deaths and 19,638 cases
  • Apr 12 OPEC and other major oil companies agree to the largest-ever drop in production to stabilize world prices

BeatificationEaster Message

Apr 12 Pope Francis calls for the world to be united in the face of COVID-19 as he delivers his Easter message from an empty St Peter's Cathedral in Rome

  • Apr 12 Huge storm system produces more than 40 tornadoes in the US from Texas to South Carolina killing 32 people across six states
  • Apr 13 Bernie Sanders endorses former rival Joe Biden for president

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Apr 13 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo says “I believe the worst is over if we continue to be smart,” about the COVID-19 pandemic in New York as death toll passes 10,000

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo

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Apr 14 Barack Obama endorses his former Vice President Joe Biden for president

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden

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Apr 14 PM Narendra Modi extends India's coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown until May 3

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Apr 14 Parts of Europe begin to ease lockdown restrictions after 5-6 weeks with some shops opening in Austria and parts of Italy
  • Apr 14 IMF warns the global economy expected to contract by 3% in 2020 due to coronavirus COVID-19 "Great Lockdown", steepest downturn since the Great Depression
  • Apr 14 US President Donald Trump freezes funding for the World Health Organization pending a review, for mistakes in handling the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and for being "China-centric", prompting international criticism

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 15 South Korea is 1st country to hold a general election under Coronavirus COVID-19, President Moon Jae-in's ruling Democratic party wins in a landslide

President of South Korea Moon Jae-in
President of South Korea
Moon Jae-in
  • Apr 15 Revised death count for New York taking into account assumed coronavirus COVID-19 deaths makes the city's per-capita death rate higher than Italy at 10,367

  • Apr 16 New study claims a multi-decade megadrought is already under way in the western US, published in journal "Science"
  • Apr 16 Nationwide State of Emergency declared in Japan till 6 May due to worsening Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak
  • Apr 16 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment in 4 weeks (5.2 million in the last week), wiping out 9 1/2 years of job gains
  • Apr 17 WHO warns Africa could be next epicenter of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, with over 300,000 deaths, pushing 30 million into poverty as it records nearly 1000 deaths and 19,000 cases
  • Apr 18 French flagship aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle reports over 1,000 cases of coronavirus COVID-19, prompting an investigation
  • Apr 18 Canada's worst modern mass shooting as a gunman kills 18 people, including a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, across Nova Scotia
  • Apr 19 US coronavirus death toll passes 40,000, with 742,442 cases recorded according to Johns Hopkins tally
  • Apr 19 UK coronavirus COVID-19 death toll reaches 16,060 (hospitals only), as "The Sunday Times" criticizes Boris Johnson's government's response, saying they "sleepwalked into disaster"
  • Apr 19 Turkey passes Iran to become the Middle Eastern country with the most coronavirus COVID-19 cases with 86,306 infections, Iran continues to have the most deaths
  • Apr 20 Three US states, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina the 1st to announce end to some coronavirus COVID-19 restrictions
  • Apr 20 Price of US oil turns negative for the 1st time in history - West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for US oil, falls as low as minus $37.63 a barrel as worldwide demand falls
  • Apr 20 The last three cruise ships still afloat around the world dock finally dock at the ports of Marseille, Barcelona and Los Angeles
  • Apr 21 US President Donald Trump announces new 60-day ban on most green cards for the US
  • Apr 21 At least 25,000 extra people across 11 countries have died during Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that were not previously counted according to new mortality figures
  • Apr 21 South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa announces $26 billion aid package and plans for gradual reopening of economy as cases reach 3,465 with 58 deaths
  • Apr 21 Health Secretary Matt Hancock and UK government come under criticism for lack of personal protective equipment and testing for COVID-19 (despite pledge to test 100,000 a day only 19,000 done April 20th)
  • Apr 21 Mexico says it is entering stage three of its coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, with rapid spread and hospitalizations from 8,772 infections and 712 deaths
  • Apr 22 Sudan bans female genital mutation and makes it a criminal offense
  • Apr 23 First findings of a frog fossil 40 million years old, found on Seymour Island, Antarctica (2015) published in "Scientific Reports"
  • Apr 23 Ecuador's coronavirus COVID-19 death toll possibly one of world's highest per capita after 7,600 more deaths than usual (503 official toll), in report by "The New York Times"

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Apr 23 German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns this is "not the end phase but still just the beginning" of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Apr 23 US President Donald Trump suggests coronavirus might be treated by injecting disinfectant or UV lights into a human body at a White House press briefing. Government officials and disinfectant companies quickly state doing so is not only extremely dangerous but potentially deadly.
  • Apr 27 Global confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 pass 3 million with the death toll at 205,000. US has 1/3 of all new cases.
  • Apr 28 US confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 pass 1 million, while death toll of 58,365 surpasses that of US soldiers killed in Vietnam War (Johns Hopkins)

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Apr 28 President Vladimir Putin warns Russia has not yet reached the peak of coronavirus infections, with 93,000 recorded cases and 867 deaths

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Apr 28 Argentina bans all commercial domestic and international flights until September 1 because of coronavirus COVID-19
  • Apr 29 A mile-wide asteroid named 1998 OR2 passes within 3.9 million miles of Earth
  • Apr 29 US GDP falls 4.8% for the financial quarter, officially ending the country's growth streak. Worst contraction since 2008.
  • Apr 29 UK official death toll reaches 26,000 deaths from coronavirus COVID-19 as care home and community deaths included
  • Apr 29 Fire at an Icheon warehouse, South Korea, kills 38
  • Apr 30 Russian Prime Minister Mikhail V. Mishustin says he has coronavirus COVID-19
  • Apr 30 South Korea reports no new domestic cases of coronavirus COVID-19 for 1st time, their virus cases peaked Feb 29
  • Apr 30 British Captain Tom Moore, who raised more £30 million for the National Health Service walking in his garden, turns 100 and made an honorary colonel by the Queen

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Apr 30 Eurozone economy shrinks at -3.8% between Jan and Mar 2020, the fastest rate on record with Euro Bank President Christine Lagarde warning the 2nd quarter will be even worse

Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat Christine Lagarde
Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat
Christine Lagarde
  • Apr 30 UK PM Boris Johnson says Britain is past the peak of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak
  • Apr 30 US President Donald Trump claims coronavirus COVID-19 originated in a lab in Wuhan, while the Office of the Director of National Intelligence saying the virus is not manmade