18 March 2020


12/31/2019 China notifies the World Health Organization of a string of respiratory infections in the city of Wuhan
1/11/2020 China announces the first death from the coronavirus — a 61-year-old man, who had shopped at the Wuhan market, dies from complications with pneumonia.
1/20/2020 Virus reaches neighboring countries; Thailand and Japan
1/23/2020 Wuhan on quarantine on January 23 in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus. 
More and more cases are confirmed outside of China, including in South Korea, the US, Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. As the number of infections rises, the World Health Organization on January 23 determines that it's "too early" to declare a global public health emergency.
1/24/2020 Death toll climbs to 26. Officials eventually extend the lockdown to 13 other cities, affecting at least 36 million people.
French authorities confirm three cases of the new coronavirus within its borders, marking the disease's first appearance in Europe. Hours later, Australia confirms four people have been infected with the respiratory virus. 
1/25/2020 Chinese Lunar New Year begins with subdued festivities on January 25. Officials cancel many major events in a bid to contain the outbreak, as millions of Chinese travel and take part in public celebrations. By late January, 17 Chinese cities, home to more than 50 million people, are in lockdown
Russia closes parts of its boarder with China to people. Cambodia confirms its first case, while Mongolia shuts its border with China for cars. The death toll rises to 41, with over 1,300 infected worldwide — 
1/27/2020 Russia closes the rest of its boarder to people from China. 
Germany begins plan to evacuate citizens from Wuhan. 
The death toll in China reaches 81.
1/28/2020 US health officials fast-track coronavirus vaccine, hope to start clinical trial in three months. The Trump administration hopes to begin an early-stage trial for a coronavirus vaccine within the next three months.
The first case of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Germany was recorded in the state of Bavaria 
Japan and the US are the first countries to evacuate some of their citizens from Wuhan. 
Australia and New Zealand say they will also send planes to bring their citizens home. Global cases mount to nearly 6,000 infections, more than the 2002-03 SARS outbreak that killed roughly 800 people.
UN's World Health Organization (WHO) declares coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern in a bid to protect countries with "weaker health systems." However, WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus does not recommend trade and travel restrictions, saying these would be "an unnecessary disruption."
1/31/2020 Trump Declares Coronavirus A Public Health Emergency And Restricts Travel From China NPR
"Foreign nationals other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have traveled in China in the last 14 days will be denied entry into United States,"
Further, U.S. citizens who have been in other areas of mainland China in the past two weeks will be subject to screening at the airport of entry and to heightened monitoring for 14 days.
Pelosi: Trump's expanded travel ban is 'outrageous, un-American' and threatens 'rule of law'
2/2/2020 First death linked to the novel coronavirus outside of China is reported in the Philippines on February 2. A 44-year-old Chinese man had traveled from Wuhan to Manila before falling ill and being taken to hospita
2/3/2020 Diamond Princess is quarantined off Yokohama in Japan after cases of the new coronavirus were found on board.
2/6/2020 President Sergio Mattarella paid a surprise visit  to a Rome school with a large number of Chinese students, looking to dispel fears in Italy over the coronavirus, which has triggered anti-China sentiment.
2/13/2020 China's Hubei province registers the highest-ever one-day total of infections, 1,700 in one day, passing more than 70,500 total cases.
2/17/2020 Diamond Princess  infected has grown to more than 450, the largest cluster of cases outside of China
2/21/2020 South Korea experiences a surge in coronavirus cases, now designated COVID-19 by the WHO, with their first death on February 21. Fingers are pointed at the "cult-like" Shincheonji Church. Half of the cases in South Korea are linked to the group. Thousands of worshipers spread the virus during services.
3/2/2020 On March 2, Korean athorities announce they would investigate the eznzbachurch’s leader.
3/3/2020 Cases in Italy rise dramatically, with 77 deaths and thousands of confirmed cases by March 3.
3/6/2020 European and US stock markets slump on March 6, leading to the worst week since the 2008 financial crisis. The effect on global business has been significant, with many companies reporting losses and the tourism industry and airlines badly hit. The EU pledge €7.5 billion ($8.4 billion)
3/7/2020 More Than 5,800 Iranians With Coronavirus, New Provinces Declare Emergency 
3/8/2020 The Italian government put the entire Lombardy region into quarantine, affecting 16 million people
3/9/2020 Greece, holds firm to its strict immigration policies and refused to open the border during Coronavirus outbreak.
3/10/2020 168 fatalities in Italy, the highest in a single day.
3/11/2020 Coronavirus: Up to 70% of Germany could become infected, Merkel warns
NBA. Suspends Season After Player Tests Positive for Coronavirus
3/12/2020 2020 NCAA tournament canceled due to coronavirus
NHL suspends season in response to COVID-19 pandemic
3/13/2020 Every Major Event Canceled or Postponed Worldwide Due to Coronavirus MSN 
Italy's COVID-19 death toll surpasses 1,000
3/14/2020 Spain joined Italy in imposing a near-total nationwide lockdown in a bid to prevent the virus spreading. The population of 46 million was told not to leave their homes unless for essential tasks. In France, cafes, restaurants and nonessential shops were closed
many countries have imposed strict travel bans or restrictions in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19. For example, New Zealand and Australia have required all international passengers to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival in the country. The US extended a European travel ban to include the United Kingdom and Ireland.
3/15/2020 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC's "This Week" that the president's decision to block travel from China early in response to the coronavirus helped the U.S. avoid the situation that Italy finds itself in.  ABC
3/16/2020 Italy COVID-19 death toll tops 2,000 
3/17/2020 New York City will not be quarantined, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, as cities and states ramp up efforts to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
3/18/2020 The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby will be postponed until September. 
White House expresses support for immediate cash payments to Americans as part of coronavirus stimulus package  Washington
3/19/2020 Italy COVID-19 death toll tops 3,000  Worldmeter.info
First member of congress test positive Yahoo News


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