The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

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COVID-19: How the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic unfolded and the famous people we have lost to it.

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2019-12-01 Earliest traceable patient, a 55-year-old man, develops symptoms of a novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Wuhan, China
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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
  • 2020-01-22 China locks down city of Wuhan and its 11 million people, in effort to control the coronavirus with death toll at 17, over 500 people ill
  • 2020-01-29 Number of Coronavirus cases passes those of SARS with over 7,700 cases in China confirmed, with 170 deaths
  • 2020-01-30 The World Health Organization declares the Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern at a meeting in Geneva
  • 2020-02-03 Cruise ship Diamond Princess with 3700 passengers quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan after cases of coronavirus found on board
  • 2020-02-09 Deaths from the Coronavirus overtake those of Sars (2003) with 813 deaths worldwide, more than 34,800 known to be infected
  • 2020-02-15 Beijing orders people returning to the city after Lunar New Year holiday to self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent spread of Covid-19
  • 2020-02-16 America evacuates 400 citizens from coronavirus-infected cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined in Yokohama port, Japan
  • 2020-02-23 President Moon Jae-in puts South Korea on high alert, empowering the government to lock down cities after 602 cases of Coronavirus reported with six deaths
  • 2020-02-23 First major coronavirus outbreak in Europe in Italy with 152 cases and three deaths, prompting emergency measures, locking down 10 towns in Lombardy

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2020-02-23 China's Supreme Leader Xi Jinping describes the country's coronavirus outbreak as the China's largest health emergency since 1949

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • 2020-02-25 Iran emerges as new coronavirus hotspot, recording 95 cases and 11 deaths as a deputy health minister that appeared on TV confirmed also infected
  • 2020-02-26 Saudi Arabia bars overseas pilgrims from accessing religious sites of Mecca and Medina because of coronavirus fears for 1st time in living memory
  • 2020-02-27 Dow Jones Index suffers its biggest points fall in history closing down 1,190.95 in New York amid concerns about coronavirus
  • 2020-03-01 First known coronavirus COVID-19 case identified in New York, a health care worker returning from Iran
  • 2020-03-03 Iran releases 54,000 people from prison to avoid spread of coronavirus as country reports 77 deaths and 2,300 cases including two dozen MPs

  • 2020-03-03 World Bank pledges $12 billion in emergency aid for developing countries dealing with coronavirus
  • 2020-03-03 US Federal Reserve makes its largest rate cut in a decade, short-tern interest rates by 0.5% to protect economy against COVID-19
  • 2020-03-04 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces all sport in Italy will be played behind closed doors for at least a month in an effort to contain coronavirus
  • 2020-03-06 Russia refuses to reduce oil production over coronavirus COVID-19 fears, breaking with Saudi Arabia and OPEC and prompting a price war
  • 2020-03-08 Italy announces it is locking down northern region of Lombardy, including Milan, with 16 million people, as coronavirus (CONVID-19) cases reach 5,800 with 233 deaths
  • 2020-03-08 America registers 521 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) with 21 deaths across 33 states
  • 2020-03-08 BNP Paribas Open international tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, dubbed 'the 5th Grand Slam' is cancelled due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the safety of participants and attendees
  • 2020-03-09 Italy announces it is locking down the whole country due to spike in coronavirus COVID-19 cases with 10,040 cases and 630 deaths
  • 2020-03-10 Three months into the COVID-19 epidemic Chinese President Xi Jinping finally travels to Wuhan, epicenter of the outbreak as the rate of daily new infections declines in China falls to 19 new cases and 17 deaths

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2020-03-10 New York governor Andrew Cuomo deploys the national guard to New Rochelle after one-mile radius zone established as 108 cases of coronavirus COVID-19 detected

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo

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2020-03-11 Coronavirus COVID-19 declared a pandemic by the head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, with 121,564 cases worldwide and 4,373 deaths

Head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Head of the World Health Organisation
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • 2020-03-11 NBA suspends 2019-20 season until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for the coronavirus

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2020-03-12 US President Trump bans travel with 26 European countries though not the UK due to coronavirus COVID-19 (UK and Ireland added day later)

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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2020-03-12 UK PM Boris Johnson says the UK is facing the “worst public health crisis for a generation”, up to 10,000 people may already be infected with coronavirus COVID-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • 2020-03-12 NHL announces the pausing of the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic; Commissioner Gary Bettman hopeful the postponement would not affect the Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • 2020-03-12 2020 NCAA men's basketball tournament is cancelled over concerns of the spreading coronavirus; first time 'March Madness' not held since it began in 1939; women's tournament also cancelled
  • 2020-03-13 US President Donald Trump declares a national emergency, freeing up $50 billion to fight coronavirus COVID-19
  • 2020-03-13 12 hours after PGA Tour cancelled its flagship event, The Players Championship, Augusta National announces postponement of the Masters Tournament to a date to be fixed because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • 2020-03-13 Elite football in Britain, including England's Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League plus in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is suspended until at least 3 April because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • 2020-03-14 Longest-ever scheduled passenger flight by distance by Air Tahiti Nui from French Polynesia to mainland France 9,765 m (15715 km) due to coronavirus COVID-19 and it was domestic

  • 2020-03-15 European countries impose restrictions on gatherings and borders as coronavirus COVID-19 deaths rates rise dramatically - Italy 1,809, Spain 288, France 120
  • 2020-03-15 US Federal Reserve slashes interest rates to near zero to support the economy during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2020-03-16 Global infections and deaths from coronavirus CONVID-19 overtake those in China for the 1st time, 86,000 vs 80,860 infections, 3,241 vs 3,208 deaths according to John Hopkins Uni
  • 2020-03-16 Coronavirus COVID-19: France orders a national lockdown, US recommends meetings 10 or less, 6 counties in San Francisco and surrounding counties told to "shelter in place"
  • 2020-03-16 Coronavirus COVID-19 study by London Imperial College showing migration approach could lead to 250,00 deaths in UK, over 1 million in US, prompts strategy changes from both countries
  • 2020-03-16 Major League Baseball suspends remainder of Spring Training and delays start of regular season in response to coronavirus pandemic; return dependant on recommendations by Centers for Disease Control
  • 2020-03-17 European Union announces a 30-day ban on entering its 26 countries for almost all travelers as it struggles to contain coronavirus COVID-19
  • 2020-03-17 UEFA announces the postponement of its flagship national team football competition, UEFA EURO 2020, due to be played in June / July due to the coronavirus emergency
  • 2020-03-17 French Open becomes first Grand Slam tennis tournament to be postponed due to coronavirus pandemic; moves from May 24-June 7 to September 20-October 4; conflicts with Laver Cup men’s team event

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2020-03-18 US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agree to close the US-Canada border, the world's longest, to non-essential travel to curb coronavirus COVID-19

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2020-03-19 Italian death toll from Coronavirus COVID-19 at 3,405 surpasses China's total (3,245) making it the worst-affected country in the world
  • 2020-03-19 Entire US state of California with 910 cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 ordered to 'stay at home'
  • 2020-03-19 Professional football in England is further postponed until 'no earlier than 30 April' due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • 2020-03-21 Italy records record daily death toll of 793 for coronavirus COVID-19 as the worldwide death tolls surpasses 12,000 with 299,000 known infections (ref John Hopkins)
  • 2020-03-22 India puts 1 billion people under a daytime curfew to curb coronavirus COVID-19

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2020-03-22 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei refuses American coronavirus COVID-19 help, refers to conspiracy theory that it was manufactured by the US

2nd Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamenei
2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
Ali Hosseini Khamenei
  • 2020-03-23 WHO says the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is increasing, 1st 100,000 cases took 67 days, 2nd 100,000 cases 11 days, 3rd 100,000 cases 4 days

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2020-03-23 Immediate global ceasefire to fight coronavirus COVID-19 called for by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres
  • 2020-03-23 New York confirmed as center of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the US with 20,875 cases (5,707 in the last day) and 157 deaths
  • 2020-03-23 Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdowns imposed in South Africa and the United Kingdom while other European nations extend and strengthen their lockdowns

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2020-03-24 Indian PM Narendra Modi orders a 21 day lockdown for world's second most populous country of 1.3 billion people to deal with coronavirus COVID-19

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi

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2020-03-24 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until summer of 2021 because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • 2020-03-24 China's Hubei province, the original center of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak eases restrictions on travel after a nearly two-month lockdown

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2020-03-25 United Kingdom's Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus COVID-19

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 2020-03-25 Spain's death toll from coronavirus COVID-19 overtakes China's at 3,434 to become second worldwide behind Italy with 7,503 deaths with a worldwide toll of 20,836
  • 2020-03-26 American cases of coronavirus COVID-19 exceed all other countries, with 81,578 cases and 1,180 deaths (New York Times)
  • 2020-03-27 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces he has contracted the coronavirus COVID-19 and that he will continue to lead the country "thanks to the wizardry of modern technology" while in self-isolation
  • 2020-03-28 US President Donald Trump makes grim projection that 240,000 American could die from coronavirus COVID-19, even with restrictions in place

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2020-03-29 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari orders a lockdown in the cities of Lagos and Abuja after the country records 97 COVID-19 cases and one death

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • 2020-03-29 US infectious disease expert Antony Fauci warns America may see between 100,000 - 200,000 deaths from coronavirus COVID-19
  • 2020-03-30 Russian city Moscow begins a city-wide lockdown after 4 hours notice due to coronavirus COVID-19
  • 2020-03-30 Three out of four Americans now ordered to stay home due to coronavirus COVID-19 as states of Virginia, Maryland, Arizona and Florida issue lockdowns
  • 2020-03-30 International Olympic Committee announces postponed 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held July 23-August 8 in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic
  • 2020-04-01 All England Lawn Tennis Club cancels Wimbledon for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic; entire grass-court season abandoned
  • 2020-04-01 US President Donald Trump says the US Strategic National Stockpile is almost depleted amid widespread shortages of medical equipment to fight Coronavirus COVID-19
  • 2020-04-02 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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2020-04-02 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
  • 2020-04-03 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
  • 2020-04-03 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
  • 2020-04-05 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital suffering from coronavirus COVID-19
  • 2020-04-06 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
  • 2020-04-06 Nadia, a tiger at the Bronz Zoo, tests positive for COVID-19, 1st known case of human-to-cat transmission
  • 2020-04-06 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
  • 2020-04-06 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
  • 2020-04-07 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
  • 2020-04-07 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
  • 2020-04-08 Saudi-backed coalition fighting Houthi fighters in Yemen calls for a ceasefire after five years to stop the spread of coronavirus COVID-19
  • 2020-04-11 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

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2020-04-12 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

  • 2020-04-13 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo says “I believe the worst is over if we continue to be smart,” about the coronoavirus COVID-19 pandemic in New York as death toll passes 10,000
  • 2020-04-14 PM Narendra Modi extends India's coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown until May 3
  • 2020-04-14 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
  • 2020-04-14 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
  • 2020-04-15 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
  • 2020-04-15 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
  • 2020-04-16 Nationwide State of Emergency declared in Japan till 6 May due to worsening Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak
  • 2020-04-17 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
  • 2020-04-18 French flagship aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle reports over 1,000 cases of coronavirus COVID-19, prompting an investigation

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2020-04-19 Together At Home concert for coronavirus COVID-19 aid curated by Lady Gaga and streamed worldwide

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
  • 2020-04-19 US coronavirus death toll passes 40,000, with 742,442 cases recorded according to Johns Hopkins tally
  • 2020-04-19 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"
  • 2020-04-19 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

Famous Deaths

  • 2020-02-07 Li Wenliang, Chinese doctor who tried to raise the alarm over COVID-19, dies of COVID-19 in Wuhan at 34
  • 2020-03-21 Lorenzo Sanz, Spanish businessman and football executive (president Real Madrid 1995-2000; owner Málaga CF), dies from COVID-19 at 76
  • 2020-03-24 Terrence McNally, American Tony-winning playwright (Kiss of the Spider Woman), dies of coronavirus complications at 81
  • 2020-03-24 Manu Dibango, Cameroonian musician (Soul Makossa), dies of COVID-19 at 86
  • 2020-03-28 Azam Khan, Pakistani squash player (British Open 1959-62), dies from COVID-19 at 95
  • 2020-03-29 Ken Shimura, Japanese comedian and actor (Shimura Ken no Bakatono-sama), dies of COVID-19 at 70
  • 2020-03-29 José Luis Capón, Spanish soccer defender (13 caps; Atlético Madrid, 200 games), dies of COVID-19 at 72
  • 2020-03-31 Pape Diouf, Senegalese journalist and football agent (president Olympique de Marseille 2005-09; first black president in Europe's top 6 leagues), dies from COVID-19 at 68
  • 2020-04-01 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz musician and prominent teacher, dies of COVID-19 complications at 85
  • 2020-04-01 Nur Hassan Hussein [Nur Adde], Somalian politician, Prime Minister of Somalia (2007-09), dies from COVID-19 at 82
  • 2020-04-02 Goyo Rubio, Spanish soccer defender (22 caps; Real Madrid 317 games), dies of COVID-19 at 73
  • 2020-04-02 Sergio Rossi, Italian shoe designer, dies of COVID-19 complications at 84
  • 2020-04-03 Tom Dempsey, American NFL kicker (Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1969; New Orleans Saints; longest winning field goal, 63 yards), dies of COVID-19 complications at 73
  • 2020-04-12 Francisco Aritmendi, Spanish athlete (International Cross Country Championships 1964), dies of COVID-19 at 81
  • 2020-04-12 John Horton Conway, British mathematician (cellular automaton Game of Life), dies of COVID-19 complications at 82
  • 2020-04-13 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian (The Goodies), dies of COVID-19 complications at 79
  • 2020-04-15 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), dies of COVID-19 complications at 92
  • 2020-04-16 Luis Sepúlveda, Chilean writer and political activist (The Old Man Who Read Love Stories), dies of COVID-19 at 70
  • 2020-04-17 Norman Hunter, English soccer defender (28 caps; Leeds United, Bristol City, Barnsley; FIFA World Cup 1966), dies from COVID-19 at 76