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The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic (Part 2)

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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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2020-04-19 Turkey passes Iran to become the Middle Eastern country with the most COVID-19 cases with 86,306 infections, Iran continues to have the most deaths

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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  • 2020-04-20 Three US states, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina the 1st to announce end to some COVID-19 restrictions
  • 2020-04-21 At least 25,000 extra people across 11 countries have died during COVID-19 pandemic that were not previously counted according to new mortality figures
  • 2020-04-21 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)
  • 2020-04-21 Mexico says it is entering stage three of its COVID-19 outbreak, with rapid spread and hospitalizations from 8,772 infections and 712 deaths
  • 2020-04-23 Ecuador's COVID-19 death toll is then 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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2020-04-23 German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns this is "not the end phase but still just the beginning" of the COVID-19 pandemic

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel

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2020-04-23 US President Donald Trump suggests COVID-19 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.

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2020-04-27 Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 pass 3 million with the death toll at 205,000. US has 1/3 of all new cases.
  • 2020-04-28 US confirmed cases of 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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2020-04-28 President Vladimir Putin warns Russia has not yet reached the peak of COVID-19 infections, with 93,000 recorded cases and 867 deaths

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2020-04-28 Argentina bans all commercial domestic and international flights until September 1 because of COVID-19
  • 2020-04-29 UK official death toll reaches 26,000 deaths from COVID-19 as care home and community deaths included
  • 2020-04-30 Russian Prime Minister Mikhail V. Mishustin says he has COVID-19
  • 2020-04-30 South Korea reports no new domestic cases of COVID-19 for 1st time, their virus cases peaked Feb 29

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2020-04-30 UK PM Boris Johnson says Britain is past the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • 2020-04-30 US President Donald Trump claims COVID-19 originated in a lab in Wuhan, while the Office of the Director of National Intelligence saying the virus is not manmade

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2020-05-03 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China responsible for the spread and severity of COVID-19 and should be held accountable

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
US Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo
  • 2020-05-03 Brazilian confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 100,000 with the death toll at 7,025, the 9th country to do so
  • 2020-05-04 Countries in Europe begin cautious reopening after COVID-19 lockdown, Italy restarts construction and takeaways, Germany reopens schools
  • 2020-05-04 World leaders pledge $8 billion to research treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, with the US and Russia not taking part
  • 2020-05-04 India begins lifting some restrictions in regions with fewer COVID-19 cases
  • 2020-05-05 Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 reach 3.65 million, US cases pass 70,000 while the UK becomes the most affected in Europe with 29,427 known deaths
  • 2020-05-05 São Luis, in Maranhão state becomes the first Brazilian city to enter lockdown because of COVID-19 as its health services struggle to cope
  • 2020-05-06 UK becomes the first European country to report over 30,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • 2020-05-06 Irish organisation repays a 170 year old favor, raising over $2 million (to date) for US Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation badly affected by COVID-19. In 1840s Choctaw Nation sent $170 to aid Irish potato famine.
  • 2020-05-06 At least 90,000 healthcare workers worldwide infected by COVID-19, more than 260 nurses have died according to International Council of Nurses
  • 2020-05-08 Two US White House staffers test positive for COVID-19 and three members of the coronavirus task force go into self-isolation after possible exposure to the virus
  • 2020-05-10 Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 rise above 4 million with death toll above 270,000, according to Johns Hopkins
  • 2020-05-12 Russia's confirmed cases of COVID-19 reach 232,000, 2nd highest in the world, a day after President Vladimir Putin eased the country's lockdown
  • 2020-05-12 US coronavirus task force testifies to the Senate that the US "is not out of the woods yet" that the pandemic is not under control and risks surge in cases if reopens too soon
  • 2020-05-12 Wuhan, epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, draws up plans to test all 11 million residents after it records a new cluster of 6 cases
  • 2020-05-13 Every African country now has cases of COVID-19 as Lesotho becomes the last county on the continent to record a case
  • 2020-05-14 Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 300,000 with 4.4 million confirmed infections
  • 2020-05-15 Germany, Europe's largest economy, officially in recession due to COVID-19, as figures show economy shrank 2.2% 1st 3 months of 2020
  • 2020-05-18 US President Donald Trump confirms he is taking controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19
  • 2020-05-20 WHO reports most new cases in a single day - 106,000 worldwide of COVID-19
  • 2020-05-24 The New York Times prints front page with nearly 1,000 names of people who have died from COVID-19, as the US toll nears 100,000
  • 2020-05-26 US restricts travel from Brazil as the country posts world's second highest number of recorded cases of COVID-19
  • 2020-05-27 Spain begins 10 days of mourning for victims of COVID-19 with death toll just under 27,000
  • 2020-05-27 America's COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000 (Johns Hopkins figures) equal to number of US servicemen and women killed in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan put together
  • 2020-05-30 Record number of COVID-10 cases reported worldwide 134,064, driven by hot spots in Brazil, Peru, Egypt, South Africa and Bangladesh
  • 2020-06-02 Brazilian death toll passes 30,000 from COVID-19 at 31,199 with 555,383 number of cases confirmed, 2nd only to the US
  • 2020-06-02 UK death toll from COVID-19 passes 50,000 (50,032) according to its Office of National Statistics
  • 2020-06-07 COVID-19 global death toll passes 400,000 with confirmed cases at 6,973,195 according to Johns Hopkins figures
  • 2020-06-08 New York begins reopening after 100 days of lockdown due to COVID-19 with just 702 hospitalized (18,825 at peak of outbreak)
  • 2020-06-08 World Bank says the COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2% in 2020
  • 2020-06-08 The Philippines says children won't go back to school until a vaccine is found for COVID-19
  • 2020-06-08 Lockdowns for COVID-19 in Europe saved 3 million lives according to study by Imperial College London
  • 2020-06-14 India reports surge of nearly 12,000 a day confirmed COVID-19 cases (320,922 overall), the world's fourth-affected country, as death toll hits 9,195
  • 2020-06-15 New COVID-19 cluster of more than 100 cases in Beijing called a 'significant event' by WHO
  • 2020-06-17 First major breakthrough in treating COVID-19 using steroid dexamethasone announced by Oxford University
  • 2020-06-18 Global COVID-19 death toll passes 450,000 (451,118) with 8,421,357 cases known according to Johns Hopkins figures
  • 2020-06-18 Canadian coronavirus COVID-19 known cases pass 100,000 with 8,361 deaths
  • 2020-06-21 WHO records a new record number of new daily cases of COVID-19 - 183,020, with 116,000 coming from North and South America
  • 2020-06-21 Saudi Arabia bans international visitors from making the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage in 2020 due to COVID-19
  • 2020-06-22 US government data shows African Americans four times more likely than whites to be hospitalized for COVID-19 highlighting racial disparities for the pandemic
  • 2020-06-23 Germany locks down a second area after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Gütersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, affecting half a million people
  • 2020-06-23 COVID-19 cases rise sharply again in America as country records its 3rd highest daily total, more than 35,000

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2020-06-24 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces people arriving from nine states hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic will have to isolate for two weeks

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo
  • 2020-06-24 COVID-19 pandemic worsens dramatically in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, with 25% mortality according to the UN
  • 2020-06-25 US Center of Disease Control estimates 20 million people in America have been infected with COVID-19, 10 times higher than confirmed cases
  • 2020-06-28 Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 500,000, doubling in less than two months (Johns Hopkins)
  • 2020-06-28 COVID-19 cases surge in southern and western US states with California, Texas and Florida closing bars, Arizona reports 20% of tests returning as positive
  • 2020-07-01 Australian state of Melbourne re-imposes a COVID-19 lockdown on 36 Melbourne suburbs affecting 300,000 people
  • 2020-07-01 WHO says Middle East at "critical threshold" with COVID-19 cases over 1 million, 80% of deaths in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia
  • 2020-07-01 America confirms more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day for the 1st time
  • 2020-07-02 Texas Governor Greg Abbott makes wearing face masks mandatory as cases of coronavirus soar in the state
  • 2020-07-05 Mexico's COVID-19 death toll passes 30,000 as it becomes the world's 5th worst-affected country
  • 2020-07-05 Florida reports a record 11,458 daily COVID-19 cases

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2020-07-07 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announces he has tested positive for COVID-19

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
  • 2020-07-07 Texas records more than 10,000 daily cases of COVID-19 for the 1st time
  • 2020-07-07 India surpasses Russia to become the world's third-worst affected country, daily COVID-19 cases exceeding 20,000 and total cases over 700,000
  • 2020-07-07 Violent protests in Belgrade, Serbia, at government announcement of weekend lockdown due to COVID-19 surge
  • 2020-07-17 India becomes the third country to record 1 million cases of COVID-1, 56% concentrated in Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu

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2020-07-18 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Mumbai

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2020-07-19 Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says 25 million Iranians already infected with COVID-19, 35 million at risk (official figure just 269,440)

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
  • 2020-07-20 Announcement that a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) is able to trigger immune response and antibodies
  • 2020-07-21 European Union agrees huge €750 billion ($859 billion) post-COVID-19 stimulus bill
  • 2020-07-22 California passes New York total for COVID-19 cases (415,763 vs 415,094), though NY death toll much higher
  • 2020-07-23 US confirmed cases of COVID-19 pass 4 million with death toll over 143,000. Real number of cases likely up to 13x higher according to CDC.
  • 2020-07-23 South Africa records more than 400,000 COVID-19 cases amid surging infections and decides to shut schools for a month
  • 2020-07-25 North Korea reports first 'suspected' case of COVID-19 in city of Kaesong

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2020-07-27 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus states that COVID-19 is "easily the most severe" global health emergency the WHO has faced

Head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Head of the World Health Organisation
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • 2020-07-31 Mexico overtakes the UK to have the world's third highest death toll from COVID-19 with 46,688 fatalities
  • 2020-08-02 Australian state of Victoria announces state of disaster and imposes further lockdown measures after spike in COVID-19 cases
  • 2020-08-02 South Africa confirms over 500,000 cases of COVID-19 with 10,107 deaths, highest total on the African continent
  • 2020-08-03 Number of Iranian COVID-19 deaths triple that of government tally, showing 42,000 have died instead of 14,405, according to BBC Persian Service investigation [1]
  • 2020-08-04 UN says COVID-19 pandemic has created biggest educational disruption in history affecting nearly 1.6 million students in 190 countries, 94% worldwide [1]
  • 2020-08-04 COVID-19 infection spike forces a return to lockdown in Manila and surrounding provinces in the Philippines, affecting 27 million people as cases pass 100,000
  • 2020-08-06 US COVID-19 death toll could reach 300,000 by 1 December, about 70,000 lives saved if masks worn consistently, according to University of Washington study [1]
  • 2020-08-06 COVID-19 detected cases in Africa pass 1 million with 21,983 deaths
  • 2020-08-09 New Zealand marks 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19
  • 2020-08-09 Brazil passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, the world's 2nd highest, with over 3 million recorded cases
  • 2020-08-10 Global COVID-19 cases pass 20 million and is accelerating, 1st 10 million took almost 6 months, 2nd 10 million took just 43 days (Reuters)
  • 2020-08-11 President Vladimir Putin in a propaganda stunt announces Russia has become the 1st country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, called “Sputnik V", despite no scientific data being published or phase 3 trials having even begun
  • 2020-08-12 Europe fights a new COVID-19 surge with Germany, France and Spain posting their largest daily infection totals for three months
  • 2020-08-17 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the 1st US college to send students home and convert to online classes after 135 COVID-19 cases detected
  • 2020-08-19 Golfing dinner termed #GolfGatet appearing to flout COVID-19 restrictions, attended by Irish political figures, prompts two politicians to later resign
  • 2020-08-22 Mexican COVID-19 death toll passes 60,000, world's third highest

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