History of the COVID-19 Pandemic (Part 4)

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COVID-19: Important events in the COVID-19 pandemic and the famous people who have passed away from COVID-19.

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 405

  • 2021-02-27 US authorizes its third COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, a one-shot vaccine

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

  • 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
  • 2021-03-03 Great apes at San Diego Zoo reported given experimental COVID-19 vaccine designed for animals after earlier outbreak among the gorillas (San Diego, California) [1]

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2021-03-03 US President Joe Biden criticizes lifting of COVID-19 restrictions by Texas and Mississippi as "Neanderthal thinking"

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2021-03-06 Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Dharamsala, India and urges others to do so

  • 2021-03-06 US Senate passes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill the American Rescue Plan
  • 2021-03-09 Brazil records its highest daily COVID-19 death toll to date of 1,972 deaths with 168,370 deaths overall
  • 2021-03-15 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine halted in Germany, France and Italy joining some other countries despite little evidence of unusual blood clotting

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2021-03-23 Brazil's daily COVID-19 death toll passes 3,000 (3,251) for the first time (298,676 total deaths reported) as country's Supreme Court blocks President Jair Bolsonaro overturning local restrictions [1]

  • 2021-03-28 Mexico revises its COVID-19 death toll up by 60% to more than 321,000 giving it the second highest COVID death toll in the world [1]
  • 2021-04-07 UK COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 (Alpha) now the dominant variant in the US according to the CDC, as 108 million Americans have received at least one vaccine dose [1]
  • 2021-04-12 Great Britain loosens its COVID-19 restrictions, opening pubs and shops after 175 days, the world's longest period of restrictions
  • 2021-04-13 US, South Africa and the EU authorities temporarily stop administrating Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines after six women developed blood clots (out of 6.8 million)
  • 2021-04-15 "The failed response in Brazil has caused a humanitarian catastrophe" reports Dr. Christos Christou, president of Doctors Without Borders, as country records a quarter of world's COVID-19 deaths in last week [1]
  • 2021-04-15 India record over 200,000 (200,739) daily new cases of COVID-19 for the first time with 1,038 deaths amid massive second wave
  • 2021-04-17 Canada registers more new daily COVID-19 cases than the US for the first time as infections surge in Ontario [1]

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2021-04-17 Funeral of Prince Philip, consort to Queen Elizabeth II, held under COVID-19 restrictions at Windsor Palace, England

  • 2021-04-17 Global COVID-19 death toll passes three million (Johns Hopkins University figures)
  • 2021-04-20 Record number of new COVID-19 cases reported (5.24 million) in one week around the world according to WHO, with a third in India [1]
  • 2021-04-22 India sets a world record for daily COVID-19 cases recording 314,835 new cases with 2,104 deaths
  • 2021-04-24 At least 82 COVID-19 patients die in a fire at Ibn Khatib hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, with 100 more injured

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2021-04-26 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces Turkey will go into full lockdown till May 17 to a curb COVID-19 surge and world's 4th highest caseload [1]

  • 2021-04-26 The US, the EU and other countries announce they are sending pandemic aid to India as it's COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen
  • 2021-04-27 Brazil's Senate orders an official inquiry into President Jair Bolsonaro' and government official's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2021-04-27 Pfizer announces it is working on a new antiviral therapy to treat COVID-19 at its onset and prevent hospitalization [1]
  • 2021-04-29 Brazil's official COVID-19 death toll passes 400,000, with daily fatalities at 3,000, down from 4,000
  • 2021-04-30 Australia announces a ban on citizens returning from India, stranding 8,000 people, and making it a criminal offence to return, amid India's COVID-19 crisis - first democratic country to do so
  • 2021-05-01 India is the first country to record more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day (401,993) [1]
  • 2021-05-04 Following several positive Covid-19 cases across franchises the BCCI announces the indefinite postponement of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament
  • 2021-05-05 Canada is the first country to authorize the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds
  • 2021-05-05 US President Joe Biden announces the US will support temporarily lifting patent protection on COVID-19 vaccines with the WHO
  • 2021-05-07 The World Health Organization approves the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm, its first made by a non-western country
  • 2021-05-08 Indian Medical Association calls for a national lockdown, criticizing President Modi's government's response as recorded COVID-19 deaths pass 4,000 a day
  • 2021-05-10 US F.D.A. authorizes the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds
  • 2021-05-10 World Health Organization classifies the Indian COVID-19 variant B.1.617 as a variant of global concern
  • 2021-05-13 American CDC says people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can stop wearing masks
  • 2021-05-16 Taiwan imposes tough restrictions against COVID-19 as a recent spike in cases threatens their up-to-now pandemic success [1]
  • 2021-05-18 India records the highest recorded daily COVID-19 death toll to date in the world with 4,529 deaths
  • 2021-05-19 Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announces a 'circuit-breaker lockdown' as the country records over 39,000 daily COVID-19 cases
  • 2021-05-19 New York City begins re-opening after 423 days (March 2020) with the COVID-19 death toll at 33,000
  • 2021-05-24 India's official COVID-19 death toll passes 300,000 (303,720), the third country to do so, with experts saying it is a vast undercount [1]

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2021-05-26 Former advisor Dominic Cummings gives a damming report to MPs into UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government's handling of the COVID-19 crisis

  • 2021-05-26 President Joe Biden orders US intelligence services to intensify their efforts to investigate the origins of COVID-19
  • 2021-05-26 Russia reports it has started vaccinating domestic animals against COVID-19, using the Karnivak-Kov vaccine [1]
  • 2021-05-27 English playwright William Shakespeare reported to have died after receiving COVID-19 vaccine by Argentine news channel Chanal 26 (case of mistaken identity, the Bard died in 1616)
  • 2021-05-30 Tens of thousands of people march in Brazilian cities against President Jair Bolsonaro and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2021-05-31 Peru says its COVID-19 death toll is three times higher than its official count (180,764 vs 68,000), making it one of the hardest hit countries per capita
  • 2021-06-01 Malaysia begins a full two-week lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge with record 9,020 news cases recorded May 29
  • 2021-06-04 Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli makes a desperate plea for vaccines amid his country's devastating COVID-19 second wave, reporting nearly 9,000 daily cases late May
  • 2021-06-15 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warns of possible food shortages and COVID-19 restrictions while addressing national conference

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2021-06-15 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a "return to life as we know it" lifting all COVID-19 restrictions after the state passes 70% vaccinated with one dose

  • 2021-06-15 US death toll from COVID-19 tops 600,000 (Johns Hopkins), with 65% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 2021-06-20 Brazil's COVID-19 death toll passes 500,000, the second highest in the world
  • 2021-06-20 China announces it has administered 1 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • 2021-06-21 Colombia's COVID-19 recorded death toll passes 100,000, the tenth country in the world to do so

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2021-06-25 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirms the COVID-19 Delta variant is the most transmissible to date, now present in 85 countries and spreading rapidly [1]

  • 2021-06-26 South Africa announces 14-day lockdown to counter a third COVID-19 wave of infections fueled by the Delta variant, with only 2.5 million vaccines administrated [1]
  • 2021-06-26 Sydney goes into a two-week lockdown amid a Delta variant COVID-19 outbreak and low levels of vaccination
  • 2021-06-30 Bangladesh begins a one-week lockdown enforced by the army as COVID-19 cases soar due to the Delta variant

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2021-07-01 Indonesian President Joko Widodo announces a two-week lockdown for the islands of Java and Bali amid the worst COVID-19 outbreak in South East Asia

  • 2021-07-02 India's known COVID-19 death toll passes 400,000 with 30.45 million cases, amid expert speculation that over one million have died [1]
  • 2021-07-05 Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will scrap all COVID-19 restrictions in England from 19 July, to become most unrestricted country in Europe
  • 2021-07-08 Global known death toll from COVID-19 passes 4 million (equal to all deaths in battle since 1982) [1]
  • 2021-07-08 Japan says the Olympics will be held without spectators as Tokyo announces state of emergency due to a surge in COVID-19
  • 2021-07-11 Rare mass anti-government protests across Cuba due to economic hardships and effects of COVID-19 led to widespread arrests
  • 2021-07-12 At least 92 people die in a fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in Iraqi city of Nasiriya
  • 2021-07-19 UK lifts most COVID-19 restrictions on so-called "Freedom Day" despite 50,000 new daily infections
  • 2021-07-20 India's COVID-19 death toll likely 10 times its official toll, 3.4 million to 4.7 million (to June 2021), according to The Center for Global Development [1]
  • 2021-07-23 Indonesia posts a record daily number of COVID-19 deaths at 1,566 [1]
  • 2021-07-26 Tunisian government in crisis after President Kais Saied sacks Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and suspends parliament with the help of the army because of its handling of COVID-19
  • 2021-07-27 Florida records its highest one-day total of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic at 21,683

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2021-08-01 American virologist Dr. Anthony Fauci says "things are going to get worse" as US COVID-19 cases double in 10 days due to surge of Delta variant

  • 2021-08-01 The US passes the 35 million mark in COVID-19 cases with California becoming first state to record 4 million cases
  • 2021-08-02 70% of American have had at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot, a target President Joe Biden had hoped to meet by 4 July
  • 2021-08-04 Global known COVID-19 caseload passes 200 million, with the death toll at 4.2 million according to Johns Hopkins
  • 2021-08-10 "I am Legend" screenwriter Akiva Goldsman tweets "It's a movie. I made that up. It's. Not. Real." amid rumors COVID-19 vaccines could turn people into zombies, as in the film [1]
  • 2021-08-12 US FDA authorises a third booster COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for people with weak immune systems
  • 2021-08-17 One in five US hospital ICUs at or over 95% capacity due to Delta surge of COVID-19, with 1,800 children hospitalized [1]
  • 2021-08-19 Iran's official COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000 amid its fifth wave of infections, according to its Health Ministry
  • 2021-08-23 US Food and Drug Administration grants full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and over. First vaccine to move past emergency-use status in the US.
  • 2021-09-09 US President Joe Biden announces widespread COVID-19 vaccine mandates for federal workers, contractors and large employers affecting 100 million people [1]
  • 2021-09-14 1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19 as the nation's known death toll reaches 663,913 (Johns Hopkins) [1]
  • 2021-09-16 Idaho Department of Health and Wellness says whole state now in a hospital resource crisis, will ration healthcare, due to COVID-19 surge [1]
  • 2021-09-20 Pfizer announces they have developed a safe COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds with the dose 1/3 of the strength
  • 2021-09-28 Russia reports its highest daily COVID-19 death toll of 852 amid its third wave of infections with less than half of the population vaccinated with one dose [1]
  • 2021-10-01 Global COVID-19 death toll of recorded cases passes 5 million as the Delta variant continues to surge around the world [1]
  • 2021-10-01 US COVID-19 death toll passes 700,000, with daily deaths averaging 1,900 a day [1]
  • 2021-10-06 Los Angeles votes in some of the strictest COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the country, requiring vaccinations before people can enter indoor businesses and events
  • 2021-10-19 Moscow's mayor orders unvaccinated people over 60 years to stay home for four months amid a worsening COVID-19 crisis
  • 2021-10-20 Brazilian Senate inquiry finds President Bolsonaro should face series of criminal charges, including crimes against humanity, for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic [1]
  • 2021-10-24 COVID-19 cases in Eastern Europe pass 20 million with Russia, Ukraine and Romania in top five countries reporting deaths globally [1]
  • 2021-11-01 Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 5 million according to Johns Hopkins, with estimates the true toll is at least twice as high [1]
  • 2021-11-01 Novavax COVID-19 vaccine receives its first emergency use authorization in Indonesia. The first protein-based covid vaccine. [1]
  • 2021-11-03 US begins vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 years with a lower dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
  • 2021-11-04 WHO says Europe is again the Epicenter for COVID-19 after cases rise 50% in a month [1]
  • 2021-11-05 NFL Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers admits in interview he is unvaccinated and taking unapproved treatment after testing positive for COVID-19 and in isolation [1]
  • 2021-11-08 US reopens its borders to vaccinated non US citizens after more than 18 months, lifting restrictions imposed because of COVID-19
  • 2021-11-13 Germany records its highest number of daily COVID-19 cases amid warnings its fourth wave could kill 100,000 [1]
  • 2021-11-19 Austria becomes the first country to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory (from 1 Feb) as it announces its fourth lockdown [1]

Famous Deaths