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The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic (Part 3)

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

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 347

  • 2020-08-24 First documented case of a person being re-infected with COVID-19 a second time, a Hong Kong man four months after first infection
  • 2020-08-30 India reports world's highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases at 78,761
  • 2020-08-30 Global cases of COVID-19 pass 25 million with death toll at 843,000
  • 2020-08-31 US cases of COVID-19 pass 6 million with 183,300 deaths with California (699.000), Florida (619,000) recording the most (Johns Hopkins)
  • 2020-09-02 Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi tests positive for COVID-19 and is later hospitalized

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2020-09-03 Actor Robert Pattinson tests positive for COVID-19, shutting down production of the Batman film he is shooting

  • 2020-09-03 More healthcare workers have died of COVID-19 in Mexico than any other country - 1320 deaths vs 1077 (US) and 649 (UK) according to Amnesty International [1]
  • 2020-09-07 India overtakes Brazil to record the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases with 4.2 million
  • 2020-09-09 Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 900,000 with the US the most deaths at 190,589
  • 2020-09-14 Israel becomes the 1st country to announce a second national lockdown due to COVID-19, for 3 weeks
  • 2020-09-14 WHO reports largest-ever one-day COVID-19 case rise of 307,930, daily death toll of 5,500, overall death total is 917,417
  • 2020-09-21 Canadian province of Quebec expands restrictions, declaring it is in a second COVID-19 wave as cases across the country average 1,000 a day
  • 2020-09-22 America's COVID-19 death toll passes 200,000, more than any other country
  • 2020-09-28 COVID-19 recorded global death toll passes 1 million with over 33 million known cases (Johns Hopkins)
  • 2020-09-30 Spanish government orders a COVID-19 lockdown in Madrid and surrounding areas after a rapid rise in cases
  • 2020-10-01 US White House aide Hope Hicks tests positive for COVID-19

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2020-10-02 US President Donald Trump announces via twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, President hospitalized later that day

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump
  • 2020-10-05 US President Donald Trump leaves Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while still infectious with COVID-19 and returns to the White House
  • 2020-10-05 India COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000, with 6.6 million known cases, 3rd highest death toll in the world behind the US and Brazil
  • 2020-10-05 WHO estimates 10% of world's population may have been infected with COVID-19, more than 20 times the number of confirmed cases
  • 2020-10-11 India records more than 7 million cases of COVID-19
  • 2020-10-12 China announces it will test entire city of Qingdao, 9 million people, for COVID-19 within five days after a dozen cases discovered

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2020-10-12 UK PM Boris Johnson announces a new three-tier system for COVID-19 restrictions as cases surge

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

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2020-10-14 French president Emmanuel Macron announces a public health emergency and a curfew of 9 pm for nine cities due to surge in COVID-19 cases

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • 2020-10-19 Belgium officials say country facing a "tsunami" of COVID-19 cases amid new restrictions and figures it has third-highest number of Covid-related deaths per 100,000 people globally
  • 2020-10-19 Irish government moves country to highest level of COVID-19 restrictions amid rising cases
  • 2020-10-20 Argentina becomes the fifth country in the world to record over 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases with the death toll at 26,716
  • 2020-10-21 Spain becomes the first European country to record more than 1 million COVID-19 cases with the death toll at 34,366
  • 2020-10-24 Colombia records more than 1 million cases of COVID-19, the 8th globally and 3rd in Latin America
  • 2020-10-26 Melbourne officials announce end to their three-month lockdown as city records no new cases of COVID-19 for 1st time since June
  • 2020-10-27 WHO confirms Europe is in the midst of a 2nd COVID-19 wave with cases rising rapidly, 30% in a week, deaths rising 40%
  • 2020-10-27 Organizers of 96th East-West Shrine Bowl college football all-star game, benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children, announce cancellation of game scheduled for January 23, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Florida, due to COVID-19 issues. The
  • 2020-10-28 Global COVID-19 cases record one-day increase of more than 500,000 for the first time, rising 25% in under two weeks according to Reuters
  • 2020-10-29 India records more than 8 million COVID-19 cases, the second country after the US, with a death toll of 120,527
  • 2020-10-29 South Australian government axes the Adelaide 500 from 2021 Supercars Championship due to COVID-19 and falling revenue
  • 2020-11-01 Slovakia completes testing two-thirds of its population for COVID-19 using quick antigen tests, 1.06% test positive out of 3.625 million
  • 2020-11-08 Global recorded cases of COVID-19 pass 50 million, with the known death toll at 1,245,240 (Johns Hopkins data)
  • 2020-11-09 US recorded COVID-19 cases pass 10 million, with 1 million new cases recorded in 10 days. Death toll over 237,000. [1]
  • 2020-11-09 Drugmakers BioNTech and Pfizer announce their COVID-19 vaccine to be over 90% effective in a first look at the results from their phase 3 trial involving nearly 44,000 people
  • 2020-11-14 Record global daily total of 660,905 COVID-19 cases declared to the WHO, with total known infections over 54 million
  • 2020-11-16 US drugmaker Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective in early data
  • 2020-11-18 US COVID-19 death toll passes 250,000, recorded cases at 11.5 million, hospitalizations at 76,830 amid a country-wide surge
  • 2020-11-21 Texas National Guard mobilized to help El Paso County, deal with a morgue crisis as COVID-19 cases and deaths surge
  • 2020-11-23 AstraZeneca is the third drugmaker to report an effective vaccine for COVID-19 (62% or 90% effective depending on how it is given) and easy-to make and distribute
  • 2020-11-24 Covid-19 surge in the US gathers further pace with death toll of 2,200 highest since May and new cases averaging 175,000 a day
  • 2020-11-25 Dead and buried mink reported rising from the ground due to bloating, after a hurried cull of millions of COVID-19 infected animals in Denmark
  • 2020-11-30 Los Angeles County begins three-week stay at home order for 10 million people to combat COVID-19 surge
  • 2020-12-02 The UK becomes the first western country to authorize a vaccine for COVID-19, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
  • 2020-12-02 US records its largest daily death toll for COVID-19 at 2,885 and for the first time patient numbers in hospital exceed 100,000
  • 2020-12-03 “I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation,” warns Dr. Robert Redfield, head of US CDC about the months ahead with COVID-19
  • 2020-12-07 Most of California begins second lockdown as hospitals come under strain and the state records average of 21,000 COVID-19 cases a day
  • 2020-12-07 Australian states celebrate "Freedom Day" easing COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria and New South Wales
  • 2020-12-08 The UK begins vaccinating for COVID-19 using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
  • 2020-12-09 United Arab Emirates is the first country to authorize China's Sinopharm vaccine for COVID-19 saying it is 86% effective
  • 2020-12-09 Canada approves the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19
  • 2020-12-11 America's FDA authorizes the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
  • 2020-12-13 Germany announces a strict lockdown till Jan 10 after looser restrictions failed to prevent COVID-19 numbers surging
  • 2020-12-14 America begins its first COVID-19 vaccinations using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on the same day it records over 300,000 deaths

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2020-12-15 UK newspaper "The Sun" publishes recording of Tom Cruise berating his film crew for breaking COVID-19 protocols

Actor Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
  • 2020-12-17 French President Emanuel Macron tests positive for COVID-19, sending other European leaders into isolation
  • 2020-12-17 King Carl XVI Gustaf says Swedish authorities have failed in their response to COVID-19, criticizing the country's controversial anti-lockdown strategy
  • 2020-12-18 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine granted emergency authorization by US Food and Drug Administration
  • 2020-12-18 International body Covax, established to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to low and middle income countries, announces deals with vaccine manufacturers and method for countries to share excess vaccines

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2020-12-18 US Vice President Mike Pence receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine live on TV

48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
  • 2020-12-18 South Africa announces detection of new variant of COVID-19, called 501.V2, which is driving a second wave of infections
  • 2020-12-20 European countries begin closing their borders to the UK after news of a faster-spreading variant of COVID-19 across London and the south-east

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2020-12-21 US President-elect Joe Biden receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine live on TV

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • 2020-12-21 US begins vaccinating for COVID-19 using the Moderna vaccine
  • 2020-12-31 WHO grants the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine emergency authorization, paving the way for worldwide distribution
  • 2021-01-04 First Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations given in the UK
  • 2021-01-04 Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new national lockdown for England following Scotland, as COVID-19 variant spreads rapidly with hospitalizations now higher than the first wave
  • 2021-01-05 Daily new cases of COVID-19 top 60,000 in the UK as data reveals one in fifty in England had COVID-19 within the last week
  • 2021-01-07 Arizona is now the COVID-19 “hotspot of the world" according to local health officials with an average of 118.3 new cases per 100,000 people
  • 2021-01-07 WHO warns Europe needs to do more to "flatten the steep vertical line" of COVID-19 cases and control the spread of the new variant, with 230 million already living under lockdown

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2021-01-08 Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declares a state of emergency for Tokyo and surrounding areas after COVID-19 cases surge to their highest level

Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga
Prime Minister of Japan
Yoshihide Suga
  • 2021-01-09 China places two cities, Shijiazhuang and Xingtai, under lockdown after over 130 cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 2021-01-11 Ireland becomes the country with the world's highest COVID-19 infection rate after a dramatic surge results in seven-day rolling average of 1,394 cases per million
  • 2021-01-11 The king of Malaysia, Al-Sultan Abdullah declares a state of emergency over COVID-19 till 1 August, suspending parliament and giving the government new powers

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2021-01-14 Pope Francis, 84, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

Pope Pope Francis
Pope Francis
265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2021-01-14 Brazilian governor of Amazonas state Wilson Lima says their COVID-19 surge is now as bad as April 2020, with hospitals running out of oxygen and patients ventilated manually
  • 2021-01-15 Global death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic passes 2 million (true total likely much higher)
  • 2021-01-16 India begin the vaccination of its 1.3 billion people for COVID-19
  • 2021-01-18 Brazil begins vaccinations for COVID-19 with the world's second-highest death toll at 209,000
  • 2021-01-19 The US death toll from COVID-19 passes 400,000
  • 2021-01-28 Mexico's COVID-19 death toll becomes the world's third highest, overtaking India's at 155,145 [1]
  • 2021-02-01 Wildfires ignite on the outskirts of Perth, Australia, forcing evacuations amid five-day COVID-19 lockdown
  • 2021-02-02 Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine deemed 91.6% effective according to analysis published in "The Lancet" [1]
  • 2021-02-08 South Africa halts rollout of Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after research into the South African variant showed no protection again mild and moderate illness
  • 2021-02-09 WHO team investigating origin of COVID-19 in Wuhan say it is "extremely unlikely" that it leaked from a local research lab [1]
  • 2021-02-11 World's second oldest person French nun Sister André' celebrates her 117th birthday after surviving COVID-19 in Toulon
  • 2021-02-11 California's COVID-19 death toll overtakes New York's, reaching 45,496 amid first sign of falling infection numbers (Johns Hopkins)
  • 2021-02-11 UK Kent COVID-19 strain set "to sweep the world" and become the dominant strain globally according to UK scientist Sharon Peacock after strain detected in over 50 countries
  • 2021-02-17 South Africa, Africa's worst-affected country begins COVID-19 vaccinations with the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Cape Town
  • 2021-02-21 WHO pleads with Tanzania to start reporting COVID-19 cases amid fears of a hidden epidemic in the country
  • 2021-02-22 US death toll from COVID-19 passes 500,000, higher than US deaths in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined
  • 2021-02-22 US President Joe Biden and vice-president Kamala Harris hold a candle-lighting ceremony to mark the 500,000 COVID-19 deaths outside the White House "We must not grow numb to the sorrow"
  • 2021-02-23 Covid-19 antibodies survey in Nigeria suggests 4 million people have had the virus in Lagos state alone, more than officially recorded for whole of Africa [1]
  • 2021-02-27 US authorizes its third COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, a one-shot vaccine
  • 2021-03-02 Governors of Texas and Mississippi both announce they are lifting mask mandates and COVID-19 health measures despite CDC warnings of complacency

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2021-03-02 Dolly Parton receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine she gave $1 million to help develop

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton

Famous Deaths