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  • Before DEC 1, 2019
    SARS-CoV-2 has been around for longer than originally thought

    Recent studies suggest that bits of SARS-CoV-2 RNA were found in untreated wastewater in circulation across the world as early as December 2019. This suggests the virus had time to evolved into human-to-human transmission before the first outbreak in Wuhan. 

    SARS-CoV-2 has been around for longer than originally thought
  • DEC 1
    First person to be diagnosed with COVID-19

    The Lancet medical journal claims the first patient diagnosed with COVID-19 is an elderly Chinese man with Alzheimer’s disease. Mysteriously, he’s had no contact with the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, thought to be the source of the outbreak. Did the virus really originate here?

    Lancet report detailing the first 41 infected patients who were hospitalized between 16th December 2019 and 2nd January 2020

     

    First person to be diagnosed with COVID-19
  • DEC 2 - 29
    Patients with pneumonia of an unknown cause noted in Wuhan

    A series of patients with pneumonia of unknown etiology are recorded in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. All blood tests indicated a viral infection, but additional influenza-related tests came back negative. Further investigation indicated a new kind of coronavirus. An increasing number of patients linked to Huanan Seafood Market start displaying symptoms. 

    Patients with pneumonia of an unknown cause noted in Wuhan
  • DEC 30
    Wuhan ophthalmologist Li Wenliang alerts fellow doctors of a new SARS-like disease

    An internal memo is sent out to all Wuhan hospitals, starting an investigation into the exact cause of the pneumonia. Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist from Wuhan, simultaneously posts a message on a WeChat group that 7 patients in his hospital are showing symptoms similar to SARS and are in quarantine.

    Li Wenliang is accused of leaking information and is interrogated by the Wuhan Public Security Bureau. He is officially warned and censured. 

    (Right) The letter (translation) of admonition issued by the Wuhan Police Bureau ordering Li to stop ‘spreading rumors’ about SARS. Co-signed by Li and tow officers. Li uploaded this to his Sina Weibo account.
  • DEC 31
    First public warning of the pandemic. The WHO is alerted.

    The first public message in the pandemic: The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reports that “There are 27 patients with viral pneumonia and a history of exposure to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Seven patients are critically ill.” The clinical symptoms of the cases are mainly fever and a difficulty breathing. Chest radiographs showed bilateral lung infiltrative lesions. The report says the “disease is preventable and controllable”. The WHO is informed about the outbreak.

    First public warning of the pandemic. The WHO is alerted.
  • JAN 1
    Dr Ai Fen posts on Chinese social media “we are fighting a mysterious pneumonia.”

    Chinese authorities shut down Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, the potential source of the virus. A concerned Dr Ai Fen posts on the Chinese social media platform WeChat (using emojis, morse code and pinyin to get round government censorship) that they are “fighting a mysterious pneumonia”.

    Dr Ai Fen posts on Chinese social media “we are fighting a mysterious pneumonia.”
  • JAN 4
    The WHO reports a cluster of pneumonia cases (with no deaths) in Wuhan and Hubei province

    On January 3, Chinese officials provide information on the cluster of cases of ‘viral pneumonia of unknown cause identified in Wuhan’ to The WHO. 
    On Jan 4, The WHO tweets that there is a cluster of pneumonia cases – with no deaths – in Wuhan and that investigations to identify the cause are underway.

    The WHO reports a cluster of pneumonia cases (with no deaths) in Wuhan and Hubei province
  • JAN 5
    Professor Zhang Yongzhen maps the first genome of the novel virus

    In less than 40 labour-intensive hours, Professor Zhang Yongzhen and his team map the first complete genome of the virus, identifying it as 80% related to SARS.

    Professor Zhang Yongzhen maps the first genome of the novel virus
  • JAN 9
    Chinese authorities announce the outbreak is caused by a novel coronavirus

    WHO reports that Chinese authorities have determined the outbreak is caused by a novel coronavirus.

    Chinese authorities announce the outbreak is caused by a novel coronavirus
  • JAN 11
    China reports its first death

    Chinese state media reports the first known death from the virus. 41 more people are infected, seven are in a severe condition and two are discharged from hospital.

    China reports its first death
  • JAN 11
    Chinese scientists publicly share the genetic sequence of COVID-19

    Chinese scientists announce they have isolated and fully sequenced the novel virus. The genetic sequence data is posted on Virological.org to assist public health and research activities.

    Chinese scientists publicly share the genetic sequence of COVID-19
  • JAN 13
    The first COVID-19 case outside China is reported in Thailand
  • JAN 14
    The WHO declares there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission
    The WHO declares there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission
  • JAN 20
    Other countries, including the United States, confirm cases

    The virus is no longer contained in mainland China. Cases are confirmed in Japan, South Korea and Thailand. The first case in the United States is confirmed on Jan 21 in Washington State. The man in his 30s has just returned from a trip to Wuhan. 

    Other countries, including the United States, confirm cases
  • JAN 21
    440 cases of pneumonitis infected with the new coronavirus

    China’s National Health Commission confirms 440 cases of pneumonia associated with the new coronavirus. 

  • JAN 22
    The WHO not declaring an international emergency

    The WHO’s Emergency Committee declares it is still too early to announce a public health emergency of international concern, given the restrictive and binary nature of the virus.

    The WHO not declaring an international emergency
  • JAN 23
    It is proven that Sars-CoV-2 has 96% similarity with bat virus

    It is posted on Biorxiv that a bat virus with 96% similarity had been sequenced in a Yunnan cave in 2013. It is also confirmed that the novel coronavirus uses this same entry receptor as Sars-Cov-2.

    It is proven that Sars-CoV-2 has 96% similarity with bat virus
  • JAN 23
    Officials announce a quarantine of the greater Wuhan, Hubei area

    The central government of China imposes a lockdown in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei to try and quarantine the center of an outbreak of coronavirus disease.

  • JAN 24
    First case confirmed in Europe, in Bordeaux

    France has identified three cases of the deadly new coronavirus from China, the first cases in Europe.

    First case confirmed in Europe, in Bordeaux
  • JAN 29
    2,791 deaths in China
    2,791 deaths in China
  • JAN 30
    The WHO declares an international emergency, with 7,818 global cases in 18 countries

    The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus to be a public health emergency of international concern.

  • FEB 2
    Wuhan builds a coronavirus hospital in days

    The Chinese city of Wuhan builds a 25,000-square-meter dedicated coronavirus hospital in just a few days.

  • FEB 4
    The Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantines off the cost of Japan

    The Diamond Princess cruise ship is quarantined off the coast of Japan after a passenger is diagnosed with coronavirus. With thousands on board, it’s a race against time to contain a possible outbreak. All guests’ temperatures are taken.  

    The Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantines off the cost of Japan
  • FEB 7
    Whistleblower, Dr Li Wenliang dies from the corona virus in Wuhan

    The Chinese doctor who issued the first warning about the deadly coronavirus outbreak dies in hospital. Widely regarded as a hero in China, his death leads to a massive outpouring of grief and anger online.

    Whistleblower, Dr Li Wenliang dies from the corona virus in Wuhan
  • FEB 11
    The WHO announces COVID-19 as the official name of the virus

    The World Health Organization announces an official name for the novel 2019 coronavirus. COVID-19. ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease and 19 is an abbreviation of 2019.

    The WHO announces COVID-19 as the official name of the virus
  • FEB 24
    Italy becomes Europe’s ground zero

    Italy detects and isolates two Chinese tourists with the coronavirus. In little over 3 weeks the number of confirmed cases exceeds 220 with 7 people dead. Italian authorities scramble to contain the outbreaks across 11 towns in Lombardy and Veneto with a hastily organized 15-day quarantine order.

    Italy becomes Europe’s ground zero
  • FEB 24
    51 confirmed cases announced in the USA

    Trump Tweets: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

    51 confirmed cases announced in the USA
  • FEB 24
    Stock markets plummet

    After reaching record highs on Feb 12, markets plunge dramatically amid coronavirus fears. The following week marks the worst performance since the 2008 financial crisis. 

    Stock markets plummet
  • FEB 28
    More and more cases appear outside China
    More and more cases appear outside China
  • MAR 3
    Boris Johnson talks about herd immunity, while still shaking hands
  • MAR 7
    Worldwide cases pass 100,000
    Worldwide cases pass 100,000
  • MAR 9
    Italian government announces a national lockdown

    60 million Italians are locked down, the first European country to impose restrictions. This comes after authorities announce 9,172 people had been infected by the virus, 1,598 more than the day before. Deaths climb to 463.

    Italian government announces a national lockdown
  • MAR 9
    Worst stock market day in a decade

    The S&P500 falls by 7.6% and oil prices by 22%.  The STOXX Europe 600 falls to more than 20% below its peak earlier in the year.  Brazil’s IBOVESPA gives up 12%, erasing over 15 months of gains.  London’s FTSE 100 loses 7.7%, suffering its worst drop since the 2008 financial crisis. In Japan, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia, market shares fall over 20% from their most recent peak.

    Worst stock market day in a decade
  • MAR 9
    The WHO declares the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic
  • MAR 11
    U.S. suspends most travel from Europe

    Trump blocks most visitors from continental Europe to the United States and vows emergency aid for workers and small businesses as WHO declares the coronavirus a pandemic.

  • MAR 13
    President Trump declares a national emergency

    The President declares the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency, freeing $50 billion in federal resources to combat the spread of the virus which has already struck over 1,000 Americans.

    President Trump declares a national emergency
  • MID-MARCH
    Italian hospitals collapse under COVID-19 pressure

    Northern Italian hospitals are on the brink of collapse after an explosion of COVID-19 cases. With a surge of more than 10,000 cases in the region in just three weeks, intensive care units are overwhelmed. A shortage of beds, staff and ventilators is making increased deaths more likely.  

    Italian hospitals collapse under COVID-19 pressure
  • FROM MID-MARCH
    Other EU countries go into lockdown
  • FROM MID-MARCH
    Sweden takes a relaxed approach with no lockdown

    Lockdowns are implemented and businesses and borders closed all over Europe. Sweden, however, takes a more relaxed approach. Its borders and schools remain open, non-essential businesses are still operating and people are meeting in groups. Can the public be trusted to adopt common sense voluntary measures? Will this softer approach work, or end in tears?

    Sweden takes a relaxed approach with no lockdown
  • MAR 22
    New York goes into lockdown

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo orders the whole state into lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the already overwhelmed healthcare system.

  • MAR 23
    1.3 billion Indians ordered to stay at home to fight the virus

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces a nationwide lockdown. 3 billion Indians are ordered to stay in their homes for three weeks in the world’s biggest curfew. Flights, trains, schools, houses of worship and nearly all businesses nationwide are shut down.

  • 2.3 BILLION PEOPLE IN LOCKDOWN WORLDWIDE

    At around one-third of the global population in Lockdown. More people than were alive on Earth to witness World War II. Lockdowns around the world vary, from full quarantine to restrictions on travel, to closure of businesses. But all in all, billions of people are now affected.

    2.3 BILLION PEOPLE IN LOCKDOWN WORLDWIDE
Paris in lockdown