COVID-19: latest news and figures

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As of 23 October 2020, 41,570,883 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally, including 1,134,940 deaths.

Confirmed cases have been reported in 216 countries, areas or territories so far.

23 October 2020 –

  • “Firebreak” short-term lockdown is set to begin in Wales (UK)
  • Scotland (UK) is to implement a new five-tier COVID-19 alert system, to come into play from 2 November 2020
  • Researchers suggest that although the number of new daily cases in England (UK) has doubled over the course of a fortnight, the growth rate may be slowing
  • France is to implement its overnight curfew across more regions in the country
  • Remdesivir has been given full approval by US regulators for use in the treatment of COVID-19 patients

19 October 2020 –

  • Wales (UK) will be placed in a short lockdown period between 23 October and 9 November
  • Italy has announced new measures to be put into place amid a rise in COVID-19 cases
  • The state of Victoria (Australia) will begin easing restrictions after 100 days in lockdown
  • Discussions surrounding whether Great Manchester (UK) will be placed into the highest tier of COVID-19 restrictions continue

12 October 2020 –

  • In the UK, more people are in hospital with COVID-19 now than in March 2020 pre-lockdown. This means that the Nightingale hospitals – designed to cope with increased NHS COVID-19 admissions – in some locations in the North of England have been put on standby
  • The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will be addressing the House of Commons at 3:30PM BST today, expected to announce a three-tier alert system for COVID-19, with cities such as Liverpool expected to face the tightest restrictions in the top tier
  • Australian researchers have claimed that COVID-19 can stay active on surfaces for up to 28 days
  • South Korea has lowered its social distancing requirements as its case numbers drop

5 October 2020 –

  • US President, Donald Trump, tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was admitted to hospital. He has been treated with the steroid dexamethasone after his oxygen levels dropped, but it is possible he may be discharged later today after significant improvements. He has claimed he now ‘understands’ the virus due to his infection
  • A technical glitch in the UK’s track and trace system has led to nearly 16,000 unreported positive COVID-19 cases
  • Paris (France) is set to close all bars as its coronavirus alert has been raised to maximum

28 September 2020 

  • Worldwide number of deaths due to COVID-19 infection is nearing one million, with the USA, Brazil and India’s figures accounting for nearly half of the total
  • The UK’s death toll is reaching 42,000, with cases rising by an average of more than 5500 per day
  • It has been nearly 10 months since the news of a mysterious pneumonia originating in Wuhan (China) began to emerge
  • Madrid’s (Spain) lockdown has expanded to cover over one million people
  • Nearly two-thirds of those in Wales (UK) will be under lockdown when new restrictions are implemented at 6PM (BST) today
  • There is a call to review the 10PM (BST) closing time of pubs and restaurants in England (UK), with the Mayor of Greater Manchester saying it is “doing more harm than good”

21 September 2020 

  • UK government advisers, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, warn the country is “heading in the wrong direction” as they predict the UK could face 50,000 cases per day by mid-October with no action taken
  • Madrid (Spain) is entering a lockdown with strict measures in place  more than 800,000 have been asked to remain at home
  • All COVID-19 restrictions have been removed in New Zealand, aside from in Auckland
  • The Taj Mahal (India) has reopened for the first time in 6 months

15 September 2020 –

  • UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the government is working hard to fix operational challenges in the coronavirus testing system
  • A lack of coronavirus tests for NHS staff in the UK is leading to absences and services being put at risk, hospital bosses warn
  • UK unemployment rate rises to its highest level for two years
  • A report by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says the pandemic has pushed global development back by more than 20 years
  • France introduces new restrictions in the areas around Marseille and Bordeaux

11 September 2020 – 

  • The reproduction number, or R value, of coronavirus transmission across the UK rises above 1
  • An Office for National Statistics study, which tests random samples of homes, shows cases in England surging
  • Households in Birmingham (UK) are to be banned from mixing to combat the rise in infections
  • A new contact-tracing app is being launched across England and Wales on 24 September
  • The UK economy grew by 6.6% in July, but the country’s output remains far below pre-pandemic levels
  • French authorities are meeting to decide on toughening measures after a surge in cases
  • India has registered the world’s highest-ever number of daily cases: 96,000

10 September 2020 – 

  • The UK government hopes to process millions of daily tests, but the opposition says they should have anticipated the demand sooner
  • Medical experts have also raised concerns over laboratory capacity and technology
  • Indonesia’s capital will bring back restrictions, with the governor warning of an “emergency” situation as hospitals fill up
  • Israel considers a nationwide lockdown, as the country experiences a new daily record in new cases
  • India also has a record jump in daily COVID-19 infections, with 95,735 new cases detected in a single day

9 September 2020 – 

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is gives a press conference on new COVID-19 restrictions in England
  • PM is giving more detail on announcement that social gatherings over six are to be banned in England amid rise in cases
  • Johnson questioned in PMQs about virus testing situation which Labour leader said was “frankly ridiculous”
  • Keir Starmer described how London woman was told the nearest place for test was Telford or Inverness, before being offered test in Swansea
  • UK health secretary earlier said “inappropriate” use of testing system in England was making it harder for people to get tests
  • A new legal limit will be enforced through a fine but will not apply to schools or workplaces
  • The Oxford University (UK) vaccine trial is paused after a participant falls ill
  • The AstraZeneca and Oxford University (both UK) trial in South Africa, Brazil and the USA involves 30,000 people. Millions of doses have already been ordered

7 September 2020 –

  • India overtakes Brazil in the number of infections recorded and is now second only to the USA
  • India recorded more than 90,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours
  • In the UK, almost 3,000 people tested positive on Sunday – the highest daily total since May
  • Australia secures almost 85 million doses of a vaccine to be rolled out next year if trials prove successful
  • Tokyo Olympics will go ahead next year “with or without Covid”, the Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee says

1 September 2020 – 

  • Hong Kong has started mass COVID-19 testing but critics say the program is insufficient and could be misused for surveillance
  • Children in England are three months behind in their studies after lockdown, a teacher survey suggests
  • A UK travel industry leader has warned of “chaos and hardship” if Portugal is reintroduced to the quarantine list
  • New rules on the wearing of face masks in workplaces come into force in France
  • Hundreds of thousands of pupils in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the pandemic began, are back in classes

28 August 2020 – 

  • Rules requiring Parisians to wear masks come into force as France reports 6,111 new cases – highest since peak of outbreak
  • In Spain, children as young as six will have to wear face coverings at school
  • Germans are told not to travel to high-risk countries and regions, as top state official says: “Corona is fully back in Germany”
  • UK government will encourage people to return to workplaces in a new campaign
  • New daily infections in the UK increased to 1,522 on Thursday – the highest since mid-June
  • The USA buys 150 million rapid coronavirus tests said to provide results within 15 minutes
  • India confirms 76,827 new cases in the last 24 hours – a record single-day increase for this month

27 August 2020 – 

  • Rise in cases prompts French PM to speak of an ‘undeniable surge’
  • South Korea registers 441 new infections – their biggest one-day rise in cases
  • Low-paid workers in some parts of England (UK) to receive £13 a day for self-isolating
  • Centers for Disease Control says non-symptomatic people may not need testing in USA
  • Remote tribe in India’s Andamans archipelago records first cases of coronavirus
  • Internal China flights could recover fully by next month, travel data firm says
  • Australia’s hard-hit Victoria sees lowest daily case rise since early July

21 August 2020 –

  • South Korea sees 324 new cases of coronavirus, its highest single day total since March, with most cases traced to churches
  • US Democratic White House nominee Joe Biden attacks Donald Trump’s coronavirus response, saying “he failed to protect us”
  • UK holidaymakers race to return home before quarantine rules kick in for Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago
  • Australia’s PM hails “a week of increased hope” after its lowest increase in cases in five weeks

19 August 2020 – 

  • Pope Francis says the world’s poorest people must have access to a coronavirus vaccine if one becomes available
  • Australia says it has secured access to a promising coronavirus vaccine and will offer free doses
  • Australia’s PM, Scott Morrison, backtracks after saying the vaccine should be “as mandatory as you can possibly make it”
  • The vaccine, being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University (UK), is in advanced clinical trials
  • South Korea’s capital Seoul closes museums, nightclubs and karaoke bars after cases spike

18 August 2020 – 

  • The head of the World Health Organization urges countries to avoid “vaccine nationalism”
  • France is to make face masks compulsory in all “shared and enclosed” company workspaces
  • A new National Institute for Health Protection has been launched for England

17 August 2020 – 

  • School exams this summer were cancelled because of the pandemic
  • Some 315 people connected to South Korea’s Sarang Jeil Church test positive in the country’s biggest outbreak for months
  • No new domestic cases reported in China for the first time in more than a month

12 August 2020 – 

  • The UK has recorded more than 1,000 cases in a day for the third time in a week
  • The Joint Biosecurity Centre has suggested 1,000 cases a day should be considered the limit of “acceptable incidence”
  • Review of the way the UK counts its coronavirus deaths cuts the toll by more than 5,000 to 41,329
  • The UK has officially fallen into recession for the first time in 11 years due to the impact of the pandemic
  • Fast rising case numbers are worrying governments in western Europe, who are warning people to take more precautions
  • Russia dismisses international concern over the safety of its Covid-19 vaccine as “absolutely groundless”

10 August 2020 – 

  • French police say face masks will be required at busy tourist sites and over 100 streets in Paris, as infections rise
  • Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres and play centres reopen in latest stage of lockdown easing in Wales, UK
  • Australia records its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic, although new infections are falling
  • A BBC investigation reveals that some staff in Ghana’s hospitals have been selling vital PPE for personal profit
  • The USA has passed 5 million cases
  • Brazil has now had more than 100,000 deaths linked to COVID-19
  • New Zealand has passed 100 days without a local infection, and plans to open a travel bubble with the Cook Islands

7 August 2020 – 

  • Beachgoers in the UK are being urged to maintain social distancing measures as temperatures soar across the country
  • More than one million coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Africa, although the true extent of the pandemic there is not known
  • South Africa accounts for more than half of these cases, but there are concerns about a lack of data from Tanzania
  • Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam announces free Covid-19 tests for anyone in the city who wants one
  • Data suggests about one person in every 1,900 has the virus in homes in England (UK) – with statisticians saying cases may be levelling off
  • Mexico’s death toll has passed 50,000, days after it became the country with the third-highest toll, after the USA and Brazil

6 August 2020 – 

  • Germany says people returning from high-risk countries will be required to take a COVID-19 test
  • France, Spain and Greece record their highest number of new cases in weeks
  • In the UK, 50m face masks bought by the government will not be used in hospitals because of safety concerns
  • Facebook and Twitter penalise Donald Trump and his campaign for posts showing “harmful Covid misinformation”
  • A fire in a hospital in India kills eight coronavirus patients
  • Australia is set to introduce more travel restrictions as it battles a new wave of infections

5 August 2020 – 

  • UK should have introduced tighter border controls early in the pandemic, say MPs
  • Aberdeen, Scotland (UK) has been put under a local lockdown in response to a coronavirus outbreak linked to a pub
  • Australia today recorded its highest number of daily new cases since the start of the pandemic, with 739 new cases confirmed by officials, 725 of which were in the state of Victoria

4 August 2020 – 

  • Russia has said it wants to hold a mass vaccination campaign by mid-October
  • WHO says only six vaccines are officially on final phase testing – and Russia’s is not one
  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warns the world faces a “general catastrophe” due to school closures caused by the pandemic
  • India reports 803 deaths and more than 50,000 new cases, the highest total in any country on Monday
  • The USA, – which has the highest total cases and deaths in the world – has recorded 47,576 new cases and 469 deaths in the last day, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA) have stated
  • Australia is imposing strict on-the-spot fines of $5,000 (£2,725) for people who ignore orders to self-isolate
  • Current testing and tracing may not prevent new virus wave when UK schools reopen, scientists warn
  • Tens of millions of people in the Philippines are back in lockdown after warnings of a surge

3 August 2020 – 

  • Infections in the Australian state of Victoria are surging, with hundreds of new cases reported daily
  • Victoria (Australia) will close non-essential shops along with manufacturing, construction and administration during lockdown
  • The number of virus deaths in Iran is nearly triple what the government portrays, shows leaked data
  • New tests for COVID-19 and flu that can give results in 90 minutes are to be rolled out in the UK next week
  • Manchester (UK), declares a major incident after a rise in the infection rate
  • The USA is deemed to be entering a “new phase”, with rural and urban areas both affected
  • Diners at UK restaurants to get 50% off meals as “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme launches

31 July 2020 –

  • UK re-introduces new restrictions in parts of northern England in efforts to curb a new wave of infections
  • Vietnam reports its first death, months into the pandemic, amid record new cases
  • Melbourne (Australia) could face further restrictions as cases continue to rise despite lockdown
  • The global number of cases passes 17 million, with nearly 700,000 deaths

29 July 2020 –

  • WHO warns young people may be responsible for spikes in coronavirus cases across Europe, with several countries seeing a higher proportion of new infections among the young
  • US sees its biggest daily increase in virus-related deaths since May, at almost 1,300
  • Hong Kong government warns hospitals may struggle to cope with the rise in infections

28 July 2020 –

  • The World Tourism Organization reports a loss of $320 billion (£248 billionn) to the global tourism industry between January and May as a result of the pandemic
  • Belgium tightens social restrictions to try to avert another lockdown
  • Authorities in Madrid introduce a rule making the wearing of face masks in public compulsory at all times
  • US Republicans propose spending an additional $1 trillion (£776 billion) to address the economic damage caused by the pandemic

27 July 2020 –

  • The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases passes 16 million
  • China records 61 new cases of the virus – the highest daily figure in the country since April
  • Hong Kong introduces more stringent measures to control the virus, including a ban on dining in restaurants
  • Australia records its biggest daily increase, with more than 530 new cases in Victoria state
  • Vietnam closes the city of Da Nang to tourists after recording four new locally transmitted cases, the country’s first since April

24 July 2020 –

  • Former UK PM Tony Blair believes coronavirus will not be eliminated
  • Blair urges the UK government to focus on containment measures for a second wave
  • New rules begin in England (UK) making it compulsory to wear face coverings in shops
  • President Trump cancels the Republican convention in Florida, blaming the virus “flare-up”
  • Cases in the USA pass 4 million with at least 144,000 deaths
  • All major international tennis tournaments have been cancelled in China

23 July 2020 – 

  • A total 69,707 new virus cases were reported in the USA on Wednesday, as the country nears 4 million cases
  • USA jobless claims rise for the first time in months, as new restrictions force businesses to shut
  • Official guidance on revised rules for face coverings in England (UK) has been published
  • Network of coronavirus-testing walk-in centers is to be set up across England
  • More than 10,000 healthcare workers have tested positive for coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa, the WHO says
  • The cost of the pandemic has pushed Australia into its biggest budget deficit since World War Two

22 July 2020 – 

  • EU leaders agree details of economic recovery fund, with €750bn (£677bn; $859bn) in loans and grants
  • The USA accuses the Chinese government of sponsoring attempts to hack biotech firms around the world working on coronavirus vaccines
  • Experts warn the UK will be living with coronavirus for many years to come and even a vaccine is unlikely to eliminate it for good
  • UK chief medical officer Chris Whitty tells MPs the government followed advice on lockdown timing
  • Fears over the coronavirus sees the Nobel prize banquet cancelled for the first time in more than 60 years
  • More than half of the USA’s 50 states are now on a quarantine list in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
  • Iran records record daily death toll of 229 – its highest so far

21 July 2020

  • EU leaders agree details of huge economic recovery fund, after four days of talks
  • €750bn (£677bn; $859bn) in loans and grants to member states for coronavirus recovery
  • UK police, teachers, doctors get pay boost for “vital contribution” to coronavirus frontline
  • WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan says evidence of “acceleration of disease in Africa”
  • Surge in South Africa could be “precursor” for outbreaks across continent
  • More countries bring in rules to require people to wear masks in public place

20 July 2020 – 

  • Promising early research shows the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford (UK) and AstraZeneca triggers immune responses from Phase I/II trial of 1,077 participants
  • A nebulizer treatment for COVID-19 from Synairgen (Southampton, UK) shows positive results from double-blind trial
  • UK government has secured access to 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine candidate, as well as 90 million doses of other coronavirus vaccine candidates from companies in the USA and Europe
  • The seven-day average for daily new coronavirus cases in the USA has risen for 41 consecutive days

17 July 2020 –

  • Further easing of restrictions in England (UK) from 25 July and 1 August announced by UK government
  • The USA recorded more than 70,000 new coronavirus cases, passing previous thresholds
  • UK government pledges an extra £3 billion of funding for the NHS to prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus

16 July 2020

  • UK NHS Test and Trace didn’t manage to trace the contacts of 2% of people who tested positive for coronavirus
  • Russian state-sponsored hackers obtainted information on coronavirus vaccines being developed by UK, USA and Canadian organization
  • Phase III clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm have begun in the United Arab Emirates

15 July 2020 –

  • Moderna (MA, USA) vaccine candidate shows positive prelimminary results from human clinical trials
  • Moderna plans to enter Phase III clinical trials on 27 July, with 30,000 subjects enrolled
  • UK prime minister Boris Johnson stated there will be an independent inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic
  • New Zealand prepares for coronavirus outbreaks by would using local lockdowns to contain any new cases, with nationwide lockdowns imposed if necessary

14 July 2020

  • Lockdown restrictions and social distancing guidelines reimposed on public around the world as global cases surpass 13 million
  • Hong Kong imposed new social distancing measures including making face masks mandatory on public transport and limiting the size of social gatherings to four people
  • Face coverings will become compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England (UK) from 24 July with £100 fines for those who don’t comply
  • The coronavirus may be able to spread from a pregnant person to their fetus, suggests a case study published in Nature Communications

13 July 2020

  • People may soon have to wear face coverings in shops in England, says Boris Johnson
  • Scotland reported no deaths from covid-19 today for the fifth consecutive day
  • Mexico saw record daily numbers of new coronavirus cases last week and now has the fourth-highest number of recorded deaths from covid-19, after the US, Brazil and the UK

10 July 2020 –

  • Quarantine ends for travellers from over 70 countries upon arrival in the UK

9 July 2020 –

  • Global cases reach 12 million
  • Nigeria reverses decision to reopen schools, as cases continue to rise
  • The Trump administration says schools in the USA should reopen on schedule, despite a surge in several states, with the President threatening to cut funding for US schools if they refuse to open after the Summer
  • Tokyo (Japan) sees an increase in new infection clusters, with many concentrated around late-night entertainment districts. Japan’s top government spokesman says there is no need to reintroduce a state of emergency around the country, and that the government will be consulting experts and closely monitoring the status of infections at regional levels

8 July 2020 –

  • United States registers record daily tally of 60,000 new coronavirus cases
  • Second lockdown starts in Melbourne (Australia), for the duration of 6 weeks

7 July 2020 –

  • As cases in Victoria (Australia) rise by another 191 infections, New South Wales closes its border with Victoria to restrict the spread of the virus, while 5 million residents return to stay-at-home restrictions for 6 weeks in the state
  • A Spanish study casts doubt on the theory that herd immunity will protect populations

6 July 2020 –

  • India overtakes Russia with the third highest caseload in the world, according to its health ministry
  • Israel reimposes lockdown restrictions as caseload spikes
  • Arts venues in the UK receive funding from the government to survive the impact of the pandemic

3 July 2020 –

  • England is to halt quarantine for travellers from dozens of nations as of 10 July. Countries include France, Spain, Australia and Turkey
  • The governor of Texas orders people to wear face coverings in public as US virus cases continue to rise
  • India reports more than 20,000 new cases in a single day for the first time since the outbreak began

2 July 2020 –

  • Leaky lockdowns fuelled the spread of the coronavirus in the US, according to Anthony Fauci, the country’s top expert in infectious diseases. Meanwhile, President Trump now says he would wear a mask “in a tight situation”
  • New Zealand’s health minister resigns after quarantine breaches by travellers. He had previously been forced to apologise after breaking lockdown measures
  • South Africa reports a new daily record of cases, with more than 8,100. The country has the highest number of reported infections on the continent

1 July 2020 –

  • Top US health expert Anthony Fauci warns that cases in the US could reach 100,000 a day. Meanwhile, the US buys almost all the world’s upcoming supply of remdesivir
  • The UN’s labour agency warns that the virus’s economic impact is far worse than initially thought
  • EU borders reopen to 15 countries, excluding the US
  • Cases in Victoria (Australia) continue to rise, meaning it is facing a possible new state-wide lockdown

30 June 2020 –

  • UK PM Boris Johnson unveils plans to rebuild the UK after the crisis. This comes as many lockdown measures are set to lift at the weekend
  • In the US, more states decide to halt easing lockdown measures amid a surge of infections
  • A new strain of flu that has pandemic potential has been identified in China

29 June 2020 –

  • The global COVID-19 death toll passes 500,000, while the total number of reported cases passes 10 million
  • Cases continue to rise in 30 US states, while New York state records its lowest five deaths – the lowest since 15 March
  • In Hebei province (China), more than 400,000 people are under a new, strict lockdown

26 June 2020 –

  • The number of new coronavirus cases in the US has in recent days reached levels not seen since April. Texas and Florida have since paused reopening plans, while health officials warn that 20 million people in the US may actually have been infected, almost ten times the recorded number
  • UK government and police warn they will clamp down on restrictions if mass gatherings continue. This comes after growing concern over crowded UK beaches, parks and parties
  • Mexico death toll passes 25,000, with over 200,000 cases of the novel coronavirus having been reported in the country

25 June 2020 –

  • Europe coronavirus cases rise for the first time in months, according to the WHO. This comes as countries continue to ease restrictions
  • The WHO also says the pandemic has not yet reached its peak in Central and South America
  • New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (USA) ask people arriving from nine other US states to quarantine for 14 days, as cases continue to rise in several states

24 June 2020 –

  • Coronavirus-related deaths in Latin America pass 100,000
  • Approximately half of US states are seeing a surge in new cases, while health official Anthony Fauci calls for increased contact tracing

23 June 2020 –

  • UK PM Boris Johnson reduces the 2 metre distancing rule to 1 metre and announces that restaurants, pubs and hairdressers will reopen in England from 4 July, alongside cinemas, museums and other attractions
  • Two districts in Germany reintroduce lockdowns after 1553 workers test positive at a meat processing plant
  • Global coronavirus cases pass 9 million

22 June 2020 –

  • WHO records 183,000 new cases – the highest one-day increase in global cases. Most came from Brazil, followed by the US and India
  • Despite new infections falling, officials report South Korea is going through a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus
  • Spain re-opens borders to visitors from most European countries and ends its state of emergency, while France re-opens cinemas, swimming pools and holiday centers

19 June 2020 –

  • The UK lowers its coronavirus alert level from four to three, allowing social distancing to be further relaxed
  • Chinese officials believe a coronavirus strain in an outbreak in Beijing (China) may have come from Europe
  • Japan allows more businesses back to work, while Singapore also lifts some restrictions

18 June 2020 –

  • Officials report a steep rise in COVID-19-related deaths among doctors in Russia, citing a lack of protective equipment as one of the contributing factors
  • Bank of England announces a £100 billion package to support the UK economy
  • Peru succeeds Italy in total number of confirmed cases, with over 240,000 confirmed infections

17 June 2020 –

  • UK NHS begins using dexamethasone treatment for COVID-19 patients requiring oxygen support, following preliminary results from Oxford University’s (UK) RECOVERY trial
  • Travel restrictions are tightened in Beijing (China) as the new virus spike continues
  • Three US states report record new infections, while Brazil reports its highest daily figure of 35,000 cases

16 June 2020 –

  • The number of global confirmed virus cases reaches 8 million
  • The US has recorded the largest number of COVID-19 deaths, followed by Brazil and the UK
  • After a month of no new cases, New Zealand reports two new coronavirus cases – both recent arrivals from the UK
  • Hospitals in Delhi (India) have been overwhelmed, but officials have ruled out another lockdown
  • US FDA withdraws hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, after studies reveal it is ineffective in treating the virus

15 June 2020 –

  • Shops selling non-essential goods open in England for the first time in almost 3 months
  • In France, cafes and restaurants open, and citizens are allowed to travel to other EU countries
  • In Beijing (China), a new spike continues, with 36 more cases recorded

12 June 2020 –

  • Latin America has now recorded more than 1.5 million cases and 70,000 deaths
  • Following economic shutdown, UK GDP fell by 20.4% in April, the largest fall since records began in 1997
  • The number of coronavirus cases reported in India is now more than 297,000, surpassing the UK as having the fourth-highest number of infections in the world. Patients are being turned away from hospitals, while officials warn the virus has not yet peaked in the country
  • A paper published by the UN warns that economic damage caused by the pandemic could plunge 400 million more people into extreme poverty

11 June 2020 –

  • The number of cases in US passes 2 million
  • The spread of COVID-19 accelerates in Africa, with South Africa accounting for a quarter of cases on the continent, according to the WHO
  • The number of confirmed cases in Russia passes 500,000
  • China’s government rejects a preliminary study by US researchers suggesting the coronavirus may have been circulating in Wuhan (China) since August 2019

10 June 2020 –

  • The global economy will shrink by 6% in 2020 – the biggest downturn during peacetime in a century, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which predicts a bounce-back next year unless a second wave of the virus causes countries to reinstate lockdown measures
  • Anthony Fauci (NIAID) warns the crisis is not over despite many countries easing restrictions
  • UK health officials warn NHS waiting lists could increase to 10 million by the end of the year
  • Following a Supreme Court order, Brazil’s government is to start publishing regular COVID-19 data again

9 June 2020 –

  • There are now more than 7 million COVID-19 cases globally, with over 400,000 deaths
  • England drops plans to open primary schools before the Summer recess
  • Moscow (Russia) lifts restrictions on movement, but there remains concerns about a rush to reopen the city amid a high number of new cases – around 2000 per day in the past fortnight.

8 June 2020 –

  • UK brings in the controversial 14 day quarantine for people entering the country
  • With no active COVID-19 cases, New Zealand is to move to its lowest level of lockdown
  • New York City (USA) begins reopening its economy, with hundreds of thousands expected back at work
  • An outbreak in Poland has been traced back to a coal mine

5 June 2020 –

  • UK coronavirus deaths pass 40,000, making it only the second country after the US to reach the figure
  • Brazil death toll is now the third-highest in the world, passing Italy’s
  • WHO now encourages fabric mask wearing in public

4 June 2020 –

  • Mexico reports more than 1000 daily deaths, while Brazil also sets a new daily record
  • Austria reopens almost all its borders
  • Tokyo officials consider scaled back olympics for 2021

3 June 2020 –

  • Italy reopens its borders to most European countries, with no quarantine. The country is also lifting its restrictions on domestic travel
  • Brazil’s death toll passes 30,000, the highest in South America
  • China denies delaying the sharing of COVID-19 information with the WHO

2 June 2020 –

  • India sees a new record daily spike with 8392 new infections, while the country eases restrictions
  • The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Mexico passes 10,000
  • Australian officials confirm the country’s “youngest victim” did not have COVID-19

1 June 2020 –

  • Lockdown measures are eased in England, despite fears that steps are being taken too quickly. Some parents are choosing not to send their children back to school
  • Many other European countries lift restrictions further, with some cafes, museums and cinemas being opened
  • The number of confirmed cases in Brazil passes half a million
  • Global confirmed cases pass 6 million

29 May 2020 –

  • WHO warns people must be prepared for more COVID-19 outbreaks, as lockdown measures are eased
  • Days after reopening, more than 200 schools have closed in South Korea due to another outbreak of the virus. On Thursday the country reported 79 new cases within 24 hours – its highest number in 2 months
  • Japan sees a new cluster of cases in the south-west, just days after the PM lifted the state of emergency
  • Brazil reports a daily record of 26,417 new coronavirus cases

28 May 2020 –

  • UK starts “track and trace” system to identify people at risk of being infected. UK health secretary says he believes the “vast majority of people” will self-isolate if told to, despite worries that the recent actions of the Prime Minister’s aide will cause people to resist lockdown measures
  • The US has recorded more than 10,000 COVID-19-related deaths
  • Russia’s cases continue to rise, reaching almost 380,000 – the third largest number of confirmed cases in the world, after the US and Brazil

27 May 2020 –

  • Latin America has become the new center of the pandemic, warns the head of the Pan American Health Organization, as the region overtakes Europe and the US in its number of daily reported COVID-19 cases
  • “Local lockdowns” could be introduced in England to tackle regional outbreaks, says UK health secretary
  • More than 2 million students return to school in South Korea, as a new cluster linked to a nightclub grows
  • European Commission proposes €750 billion recovery package to tackle an “unprecedented crisis” as a result of the virus

26 May 2020 –

  • Germany is to end its travel warning for trips to 31 European countries from 15 June
  • Spain will no longer enforce a two-week quarantine for foreign visitors from 1 July
  • Nordic countries ease lockdown measures, allowing cross-boarder couples to meet again
  • A UK minister resigns resigns over the actions of the PM’s top aide, Dominic Cummings, who has been accused of breaking lockdown rules
  • The WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trial for COVID-19 over safety fears

22 May 2020 –

  • Brazil’s death toll reaches 20,047. Latin America could become the next epicenter of the pandemic, with other countries including Mexico, Chile and Peru struggling to contain major outbreaks
  • UK set to announce fines for those who fail to adhere to the 14-day quarantine rule upon entering the country, while Australia says its travellers should be exempt from such restrictions
  • Ten South Sudan government ministers test positive for the coronavirus, just days after Vice President Riek Machar announced he had tested positive. South Sudan has seen a sharp rise in cases over the recent days

21 May 2020 –

  • The number of global confirmed cases passes 5 million
  • Figures from the WHO show the biggest daily increase in infections yet
  • UK begins trials of two malaria drugs – chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine – for COVID-19, while Brazil authorizes their use for the disease

20 May 2020 –

  • Brazil sees highest daily rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths, jumping by 17,408 cases and 1179 deaths in one day. Brazil now has the third highest number of infections worldwide, behind Russia and the US
  • The World Bank warns 60 million more people could be pushed into “extreme poverty”
  • Singapore announces gradual easing of lockdown restrictions from 2 June onwards
  • India records highest spike in infections, despite lockdown – more than 5200 – despite lockdown

19 May 2020 –

  • France and Germany propose €500 billion recovery fund for EU countries
  • Police and protesters clash in Santiago (Chile), which has been in lockdown
  • Donald Trump announces he is taking the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to ward off the coronavirus, despite growing safety concerns and a lack of evidence to prove its efficacy
  • Trump also renews his attack on the WHO, calling it a “puppet of China”

18 May 2020 –

  • Bars and restaurants reopen in Italy
  • The UK records 170 new deaths, the lowest number since going into lockdown
  • The mayor of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, warns its health system is close to collapse
  • Japan enters recession, with 0.9% GDP drop since first quarter

15 May 2020 –

  • More than 1.5m people have recovered from the virus worldwide, but death toll reaches 300,000
  • Restaurants, cafes and shops open in Australia’s most populous state, while applying strict distancing rules
  • Slovenia becomes the first European country to declare an end to its virus epidemic
  • Germany’s economy enters recession, shrinking by 2.2%, the worst since 2009 and the financial crisis

14 May 2020 –

  • WHO warns the virus “may never go away”, even with a vaccine
  • Brazil reports another new record number of cases – 11,385 in 24 hours
  • The UK chancellor says it is “very likely” the UK is in a “significant recession”
  • The UN warns of worldwide psychological distress due to the pandemic

13 May 2020 –

  • England begins easing lockdown measures. Small changes include the return to the workplace for those who are unable to work from home, which has already caused crowding in London tube stations
  • Top US infectious diseases doctor warns of “needless suffering and death” if the country opens up too soon
  • Brazil sees a record daily rise in the number of virus deaths, while President Bolsanaro insists the economy must continue to run
  • Russia orders suspension of the use of ventilators believed to have caused two fires in hospitals on 12 May
  • Health officials in South Sudan have for the first time confirmed cases of coronavirus in camps for people displaced by conflict. These overcrowded camps are home to approximately 200,000 people from across the country

12 May 2020 –

  • Wuhan (China) plans to test all 11 million residents amid fears of a new cluster of infections
  • US deaths surpass 80,000
  • Singapore allows some businesses – such as hairdressers and cake shops – to reopen

11 May 2020 –

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reveals further details of his plans to reopen society in England, after unveiling an outline for exiting the coronavirus lockdown on Sunday
  • Some European countries begin easing lockdown measures
  • China reports 17 new virus cases, its second consecutive double-digit increase. Five of the new cases were reported in Wuhan, where the virus originated, while there is concern over an outbreak in the north
  • With just 90 active cases, New Zealand announces plans to further lift restrictions from Thursday

7 May 2020 –

  • UK government data suggests black people twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than white people
  • The coronavirus could cause multiple famines, warns UN official Mark Lowcock
  • Brazil reports 615 deaths – the highest one-day tally ever in the southern hemisphere
  • Pakistan to lift lockdown despite its accelerating number of cases
  • US President Trump moves ahead with plans to reopen the US and get the economy going again, despite concerns that the number of infections is not yet under control
  • Bank of England says the UK economy is heading towards its deepest recession on record

6 May 2020 –

  • For the first time since the outbreak began, schools reopen in Hubei, China’s virus epicentre, for the return of senior students
  • Italy’s prime minister among other European leaders hinting at easing rules for summer breaks
  • Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez asks parliament to extend the state of emergency for a few more weeks after rise in death toll
  • The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania agree to reopen borders to each other
  • Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May criticises world leaders for failing “to forge a coherent international response” to fight the coronavirus pandemic
  • Russian cases rise by more than 10,000 for the fourth consecutive day
  • Ghana adopts “pool testing” of samples to maximize the use of coronavirus test kits, currently in short supply globally

5 May 2020 –

  • Europe’s first-known case may have emerged almost a month earlier than thought. This comes after a French doctor recently tested a swab collected from a patient in December 2019. The WHO has since warned that more early cases of coronavirus are likely to be uncovered in countries around the globe, calling on other countries to reassess their medical records from late 2019 to help to build a “newer and clearer picture” of the pandemic
  • India starts easing restrictions even as it reports record numbers of new infections and deaths
  • UK begins testing a new contact-tracing app on the Isle of Wight
  • US records 1015 virus-related deaths in 24 hours, the lowest one-day tally in a month
  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it will a long time before the country opens its boarders with the rest of the world, meanwhile she discusses a possible arrangement to open up travel between Australia and NZ in a “trans-Tasman bubble”
  • Chinese media accuse US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of lying, after he stated there was “enormous evidence” that the coronavirus emanated from a laboratory in Wuhan
  • UK has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe

4 May 2020 –

  • Italy eases lockdown restrictions as number of deaths falls. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stated that his approach will be adjusted depending on contagion trends
  • New Zealand reports no new cases for the first time in 6 weeks
  • Russia reports second day of over 100,000 new cases
  • Japan extends state of emergency until the end of May

1 May 2020 –

  • More than 1,014,000 people known to have had the virus have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University (MD, USA). This figure does not include those who have had the virus but were not tested.
  • The UK government hopes to meet its target of 100,000 daily coronavirus tests
  • Some Australian states are easing their lockdown restrictions as the number of cases fall, starting with the Northern Territory
  • Czech Republic launches contact-tracing app, following other countries including Hong Kong, Singapore and Germany
  • France unveils map to guide easing of lockdown, displaying regions as either red, yellow or green indicating which have been worse affected

30 April 2020 –

  • Yemen records its first two coronavirus deaths, amid warnings that it is not prepared for widespread infection
  • UK minister suggests target of 100,000 tests a day by today will be missed
  • Global demand for energy is expected to plummet by 6%, a record amount, due to the lockdowns being enforced around the world

29 April 2020 –

  • South Korea records no new domestically transmitted cases
  • The US confirms 1 million cases, making up almost a third of the total global tally
  • The downward trend in cases in China, Vietnam and South Korea continues
  • Germany extends travel ban to 14 June
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warns it will be difficult to host the Olympics in 2021 unless the pandemic is contained
  • China announces it will hold its delayed parliamentary gathering at the end of next month

28 April 2020 –

  • Over 2.4 million Australians have downloaded a virus tracking app, while the country reports only 12 new cases in the past day
  • Nigeria to begin easing lockdown measure from 4 May
  • Global cases pass 3 million, with more than 200,000 deaths
  • New Zealand enters a less severe phase of lockdown, allowing some non-essential activities to resume

27 April 2020 –

  • Italy outlines plans to ease restrictions from 4 May after recording its lowest daily death toll since mid-March
  • Germany enforces the use of masks outside
  • Some students in Shanghai and Beijing return to school after weeks of lockdown
  • New Zealand reports it has eliminated local transmission and will be lifting some of its nationwide lockdown measures

24 April 2020 –

  • The UK widens access to coronavirus testing, but government remains short of daily target
  • President Trump faces huge backlash after voicing the dangerous idea of injecting disinfectant as a treatment
  • South Africa to ease lockdown restrictions from 1 May
  • EU leaders agree to contribute billions of euros to help Europe’s struggling economies

23 April 2020 –

  • WHO reveals estimate that half of European COVID-19 deaths occurred in care homes
  • China reports no new COVID-19 deaths for the eighth day in a row
  • Australia calls on G20 nations to ban wet wildlife markets over public health concerns. The source of the novel coronavirus is believed to be a wet market in Wuhan
  • US President Trump signs executive order to suspend most immigration to the US
  • Germany agrees on a further aid package to help its economy cope with the coronavirus crisis. This comes as the country takes its first steps to reopen the economy

22 April 2020 –

  • Spain debates extending lockdown until mid-May
  • Singapore extends lockdown to 1 June and tightens restrictions
  • The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns of a second, even more dangerous wave of coronavirus in the US
  • US state Missouri files a civil lawsuit accusing China of deception, while the Chinese embassy accuses Australian politicians of anti-China attacks

21 April 2020 –

  • US President Trump announces plans to suspend immigration to the United States
  • Deaths in England and Wales reach 20-year high
  • Coronavirus cases continue to grow exponentially in Singapore
  • Hong Kong extends social distancing measures to 7 May
  • China reports 6 new cases of the virus, 4 of which were imported

20 April 2020 –

  • Having decided their outbreak is coming under control, Germany begins opening up smaller shops
  • Spain’s daily death toll falls below 400 for the first time since the pandemic was declared on 11 March
  • India allows millions of people, including farmers, to return to work in non-virus hotspots
  • US border restrictions with Mexico and Canada are to be extended for 30 days
  • America continues to report the highest number of cases, nearly 760,000, while anti-lockdown protests continue in the US
  • France and Spain decide against a relaxation of measures for now

17 April 2020 –

  • Wuhan (China) reviews its coronavirus death toll up by 1,290 to 3,869 – an increase of 50%, the Chinese foreign ministry denies any cover-up
  • Chinese economy shrinks for first time in decades due to the impact of the virus
  • The US announces plans to start gradually opening up its economy again

16 April 2020 –

  • The G20 group of top economies agree to suspend debt payments owed to them by 77 of the world’s poorest countries
  • US President Donald Trump to announce new reopening guidelines for states

15 April 2020 –

  • Global infections pass 2 million
  • President Trump says US will stop funding the World Health Organization, accusing it of mismanagement. His announcement is widely condemned
  • Singapore makes it mandatory to wear a facemask as soon as you leave your house
  • The UK government promises that all care home residents and staff with COVID-19 symptoms will be tested, following concerns that people in UK care homes are being neglected
  • Denmark opens nurseries and primary schools

14 April 2020 –

  • Some Italian regions postpone relaxation of lockdown restrictions, while some small shops in Austria reopen
  • India’s nationwide lockdown extended until 3 May
  • US President Donald Trump denies ignoring early warnings about the coronavirus

13 April 2020 –

  • French President Emmanuel Macron extends the country’s lockdown measures until 11 May, at which point France will progressively reopen crèches and schools
  • New York state’s death toll passes 10,000, but hospital admissions appear to be levelling off, according to Govenor Andrew Cuomo
  • More than 20,000 people have died with the virus in Italy, but its infection rate continues to slow
  • Russia records 2500 new infections, it’s largest daily increase in cases so far

12 April 2020 –

  • UK PM Boris Johnson leaves hospital after being treated for the coronavirus

9 April 2020 –

  • A further 6.6 million people file for unemployment benefits in the US
  • The virus could push half a billion people into poverty, Oxfam warns
  • Spain close to passing the worst of the coronavirus outbreak, government says
  • Some European countries cautiously start to ease lockdown measures, while UK Foreign Secretary says it is still too early to ease restrictions in the UK

8 April 2020 –

  • Wuhan, the city where the virus first emerged, ends lockdown
  • infections exceed 100,000 in Germany
  • Spains death toll rises for a second day
  • The European Union’s top scientist, Mauro Ferrari, has resigned, condemning the EU’s ‘disappointing’ response to the virus

7 April 2020 –

  • China reports no new deaths for the first time since the crisis began, with 32 new cases in the country – all from overseas
  • New cases in South Korea stay under 50 for second day in a row
  • Japan PM declares state of emergency

6 April 2020 –

  • Lockdown deemed to be effective as new infections and deaths fall in Spain and Italy
  • US surgeon general warns of an unprecedented number of deaths across the country in the coming week
  • Barbados and Haiti report their first deaths from coronavirus

5 April 2020 –

  • UK PM Boris Johnson admitted to hospital after suffering “persistent symptoms”

4 April 2020 –

  • US advised to wear face masks as a precautionary measure to slow virus transmission

3 April 2020 –

  • Confirmed coronavirus cases pass one million
  • Nearly 53,000 people have died and more than 210,000 have recovered
  • US records 1,169 deaths – the world’s highest daily toll
  • WHO urges Middle East countries to do more to contain the virus spread
  • Singapore to close schools and most workplaces
  • Peru imposes restrictions based on gender, with men and women allowed out on different days of the week
  • Malawi reports first cases

2 April 2020 –

  • Record numbers of people applying for unemployment benefit in Europe and the US as the coronavirus leads to an economic crisis
  • Growing concern in several countries about supplies of protection equipment for medical workers

1 April 2020 –

  • Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus
  • There are now more than 800,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 around the world and more than 42,000 deaths
  • The US death toll surpasses 4000
  • China’s President Xi Jinping urges his country to return to work carefully while maintaining social distancing
  • Burundi and Sierra Leone record their first positive results

31 March 2020 –

  • Spain records 849 deaths in 24 hours, the highest number of fatalities in a single day
  • The World Bank says “significant economic pain seems unavoidable” in the Asia Pacific region
  • Airline industry suffers as a result of the pandemic
  • Botswana announces its first three cases

30 March 2020 –

  • Six months before UK ‘returns to normal’ – deputy chief medical officer
  • Prince Charles out of self-isolation after contracting coronavirus

29 March 2020 –

  • UK deaths have risen to over 1,200
  • Syria reports first coronavirus death
  • Death toll in Italy’s worst affected region, Lombardy, has slowed
  • New York (USA) predicted to run out of critical medical supplies by the 5th April 2020
  • Australia increases social distancing measures saying no more than 2 people should gather outside of households
  • Kuwait announces 20 new cases in 24 hours, bringing total number to 225

28 March 2020 –

  • Global number of cases has now surpassed 600,000
  • US has highest number of cases in the world, as figures pass 100,000
  • Spain 24 hour death toll reaches 832
  • London has more than a third of latest coronavirus-linked deaths in the UK

27 March 2020 –

  • Britain’s PM tests positive for coronavirus
  • Death toll in Spain rises sharply as 769 people die in 24 hours
  • US cases exceed 85,000, overtaking China
  • Australia is to quarantine all returning citizens
  • Curfews extended in the Middle East

26 March 2020 –

  • US Senate passes a $2 trillion coronavirus disaster aid bill, as US death toll passes 1000
  • G20 leaders vow to inject $5 trillion into the global economy
  • No new cases reported in Hubei province, China, where the virus emerged

25 March 2020 –

  • India goes into lockdown, as PM Narendra Modi announces a “total ban” on leaving homes, with some shops remaining open

24 March 2020 –

  • The number of people dying from the coronavirus in Spain rises by 514 in 24 hours – a daily record
  • UK wakes up to stricter measures announced by PM Boris Johnson
  • China announces 78 new cases, 74 of them from abroad
  • Myanmar – the most populous country without a case until now – announces two cases
  • Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021

23 March 2020 –

  • Italy enters a tougher lockdown, with all “non-essential” businesses closed
  • Death toll in Spain passes 2000
  • This year’s Olympic Games thrown into doubt

22 March 2020 –

  • Germany bans groups of more than two people
  • Australia announces nation-wide shutdown of pubs, cafes and restaurants
  • Africa cases pass the 1000 mark
  • India observes a 14-hour curfew to test the country’s ability to slow the spread of the virus

21 March 2020 –

  • Six new countries report cases of COVID-19
  • Schools close across UK

20 March 2020 –

  • The number of confirmed cases worldwide has exceeded 200,000. It took over three months to reach the first 100 00 confirmed cases, and only 12 days to reach the next 100,000
  • China says it had no domestically transmitted cases for a second day – but there have been some questions over the figures
  • Philippines has banned entry for foreigners starting midnight on 22 March
  • India has restricted public transport after PM Narendra Modi asked citizens to stay home
  • Italy now has the highest death toll, surpassing China
  • the US State Department has advised Americans against all international travel

19 March 2020 –

  • China reports no new domestic cases
  • UK announces school closures from 20 March
  • Australia and New Zealand close their boarders to non-residents
  • Russia confirms first death

18 March 2020 –

  • First virus death in sub-Saharan Africa confirmed
  • WHO announces that it will launch a multiarm, multicountry clinical trial (the SOLIDARITY trial) for potential coronavirus therapies. Four existing compounds will be tested across at least 10 countries

17 March 2020 –

  • The UK announces social distancing measures
  • US volunteers test first vaccine
  • EU bans travel for non-EU citizens for 30 days

16 March 2020 – 

  • The number of global cases overtakes the number of cases inside China
  • Germany brings in additional border measures – closing its borders with France, Austria and Switzerland
  • 56 countries have announced country-wide schools closures, with a further 17 countries announcing localized closures
  • Greece announces it is shutting all shops except supermarkets, chemists and petrol stations and putting all arrivals from abroad into quarantine for 14 days
  • Serbia declares a state of emergency

15 March 2020 –

  • Nine new countries/territories/areas report COVID-19 cases
  • China reports just four new cases caused by local transmission, plus 12 cases imported from overseas
  • The USA cuts interest rates to almost zero

14 March 2020 –

12 new countries/territories/areas report cases of COVID-19

13 March 2020 –

  • Five new countries report cases of COVID-19
  • The Director-General states that Europe has now become the epicenter of the pandemic
  • The WHO, UN Foundation and partners launched a first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
  • Denmark and Poland announce border closures
  • South Africa closes borders to people from China, the USA, UK and elsewhere

12 March 2020 –

  • The UK switches tactics and enters the ‘delay’ phase, as opposed to ‘containment’
  • The Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Spain, France, the Philippines, Portugal and Bolivia were among the countries to announce school closures
  • French Polynesia, Turkey, Honduras and Côte d’Ivoire announce their first cases

11 March 2020 –

  • WHO states that the outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic
  • Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jamaica and Burkina Faso announce COVID-19 cases
  • Italy announces an escalation of their lockdown measures – closing the majority of shops and restaurants, hairdressers and bars that can’t guarantee one meters distance between customers
  • Denmark will close all schools and universities from Monday 16
  • The USA announces a 30-day travel ban for individuals from Europe travelling to the USA, not including the UK or US citizens
  • Guatemala also banned European citizens entering the country and India suspends most visas for foreigners until April 15
  • The UK announces £12 billion specifically targeted at coronavirus measures, including at least £5 billion for the NHS in England and £7 billion for business and workers across the UK

10 March 2020 –

  • Cases reported in Brunei Darussalam, Mongolia, Cyprus, Guernsey and Panama
  • Greece and Moldova close universities and schools until early April

9 March 2020 –

  • Bangladesh, Albania and Paraguay report their first cases
  • Italy extends containment measures across the whole country
  • Shares around the world had their worst daysince the financial crisis amid concerns about the economic cost of the outbreak

8 March 2020 –

Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Faroe Islands, French Guiana, Maldives, Malta, Martinique and the Republic of Moldova report cases, meaning that COVID-19 has been reported in over 100 countries

7 March 2020 –

  • Columbia, Holy See, Peru and Togo report cases
  • The global number of reported COVID-19 cases surpasses 100,000

6 March 2020 –

  • Bhutan, Cameroon, Serbia and South Africa report COVID-19 cases
  • The UK government has promised an extra £46 million in the fight against coronavirus

5 March 2020 –

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gibraltar, Hungary, Slovenia, and occupied Palestinian territory all report first COVID-19 cases
  • The White House acknowledged the USA does not have enough coronavirus test kits
  • The Paris marathon is postponed to a later date

4 March 2020 –

  • Argentina, Chile, Poland and Ukraine report their first cases
  • The WHO warns that PPE shortages are leaving healthcare workers ill-equipped to care for patients
  • Italy closes all schools and universities until mid-March
  • Iran limits travel between major cities and closes schools until April
  • The first death from COVID-19 is reported in the UK, a woman with underlying health conditions
  • Iraq also announced its first two deaths, one of them in the capital of Baghdad

3 March 2020 –

  • Andorra, Jordan, Latvia, Morocco, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Tunisia report their first COVID-19 cases
  • India limits the export of certain medicines due to the coronavirus

2 March 2020 –

  • First cases reported in Armenia, Czechia, Dominican Republic, Luxembourg, Iceland and Indonesia
  • WHO experts arrive in Tehran to support the COVID-19 response

1 March 2020 –

  • Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Ireland, Monaco and Qatar report their first cases of COVID-19
  • The UK’s COVID-19 cases rise rapidly from 15 to 36

29 February 2020 –

Two new countries, Mexico and San Marino, reported cases of COVID-19

28 February 2020 –

  • The first case reported in sub-Saharan Africa, as an imported case was reported in Nigeria
  • Cases were also reported for the first time in Belarus, Lithuania, the Netherlands and New Zealand
  • The WHO upgrade the global risk from ‘high’ to ‘very high’

27 February 2020 –

Nine new countries  Brazil, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Norway, Pakistan, Romania and North Macedonia  reported cases

26 February 2020 –

  • Algeria, Austria, Croatia and Switzerland report cases
  • For the first time since 8 December 2019, there have been more new cases reported outside of China than from China

25 February 2020 –

  • Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Greece and Oman reported cases of COVID-19
  • Brazil confirms first coronavirus infection in Latin America, a source told Reuters

24 February 2020 –

  • Kuwait reported detecting its first cases
  • A joint WHO and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control mission arrived in Italy

22 February 2020 –

  • Lebanon and the UAE report their first COVID-19 cases
  • Authorities investigate the role of environmental contamination in transmission of COVID-19
  • WHO say the window of opportunity to contain the virus is “narrowing”

20 February 2020 –

  • The first cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in the Middle East, as two  deaths and three additional COVID-19 cases are reported from Iran
  • China change reporting back to include only laboratory-confirmed cases

17 February 2020 –

  • From today, WHO will be reporting all confirmed cases, including both laboratory-confirmed as previously reported, and those reported as clinically diagnosed
  • Data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC; Beijing, China) have suggested that, of the 44,672 COVID-19 cases studied, 80.9% were mild, 13.8% severe and 4.7% were critical. The new CCDC study suggests that the highest fatality rate is in individuals aged 80 or older, at 14.8%, this is compared with individuals up to age 39, where the fatality rate is estimated at 0.2%. 

16 February 2020 –

The third death outside of China is reported in France. This was Chinese tourist visiting France

15 February 2020 – 

Egypt reports its first confirmed case of COVID-19

14 February 2020 –

  • China changes its reporting to include clinically diagnosed cases in addition to laboratory-confirmed cases, leading to over 60,000 cases being reported in the country overall after an increase of 14,840 overnight
  • The second death was reported outside of China, in Japan. The individual had no travel history to China
  • In China, health care workers account for 1716 confirmed cases of COVID-19

12 February 2020 –

11 February 2020 –

The WHO names the disease caused by the novel coronavirus COVID-19

10 February 2020 –

  • The UK government declares coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat” to public health, as it announced new powers to fight its spread
  • A GP practice in the UK is closed after a member of staff tested positive for 2019-nCoV

7 February 2020 –

The WHO warns of shortages of personal protective equipment

6 February 2020 –

  • Third UK case reported, with acquisition of the coronavirus in Singapore
  • The WHO announces a global research and innovation forum to mobilize international action in response to the new coronavirus on 11 February

4 February 2020 –

  • First case reported in Belgium
  • The WHO are calling for US $675 million for new coronavirus preparedness and response global plan. The objectives of the plan are to  limit human-to-human transmission of the virus, particularly in countries most vulnerable if they were to face an outbreak; identify, isolate and care for patients early; communicate critical risk and event information; minimize social and economic impact; reduce virus spread from animal sources; and address crucial unknowns.
  • A 30-hour old infant was diagnosed with 2019-nCoV, the mother was positive before birth, although at this time it is unclear whether the disease was transmitted in the womb or after birth

3 February 2020 –

  • Hundreds of hospital workers in Hong Kong went on strike, demanding the border with mainland China be completely closed
  • India has cancelled all visas for Chinese citizens

2 February 2020 –

  • The first death reported outside of China, in the Philippines
  • The US and Australia said they would deny entry to all foreign visitors who had recently been in China

1 February 2020 –

  • WHO state that main driver of transmission is symptomatic cases
  • A healthcare worker is diagnosed in France – the first time outside of China
  • The first instance of third-generation human-to-human transmission outside China has been identified in Germany

31 January 2020 –

  • France suspends all flights to China
  • Two cases identified in the UK and two cases confirmed in Italy
  • Singapore closes its border to all visitors from China

30 January 2020 –

  • A confirmed case in Tibet means the virus has reached every region in mainland China
  • WHO declares the virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
  • Companies including Google, Ikea and Starbucks have closed their shops or stopped operations in China
  • First cases identified in Finland, India and the Philippines

29 January 2020 –

  • British Airways suspend all flights to China
  • Countries including the USA, UK and Japan look to remove any citizens in Wuhan
  • Secondary transmission of the virus reported in Germany, Vietnam and Japan

28 January 2020 –

  • Japan sending chartered flight to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan
  • Many countries have warned against any non-essential travel to China

27 January 2020 –

Hong Kong (8 confirmed cases) declares a city-wide emergency with schools closing until 17 February

26 January 2020 –

2014 confirmed 2019-nCoV cases reported globally, including 29 cases outside of China and 56 deaths

25 January 2020 –

1320 confirmed cases reported for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) globally, including 23 outside of China and 41 deaths

24 January 2020 –

23 January 2020 –

  • The Emergency Committee meet again, deciding that the situation is not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern at this time
  • Case numbers rise to 581 cases, including 17 deaths
  • Wuhan City placed into ‘lockdown’ with public transport halted (02:00 GMT)
  • Beijing cancels all major Chinese New Year celebrations

22 January 2020 –

The emergency committee met the WHO on whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, however, no decision was reached as it was determined that more information was needed

21 January 2020 –

  • The City of Wuhan reports 6 deaths and over 250 cases resulting from the virus
  • Chinese authorities also confirm human-to-human transmission of the virus
  • The first case is reported in the USA

20 January 2020 –

  • Additional cases confirmed, bringing the total to over 200, including three deaths
  • Another case reported in Thailand and the WHO informed of a case in South Korea

16 January 2020 –

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare informed the WHO of a confirmed case of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a person who travelled to Wuhan, China

13 January 2020 –

Ministry of Public Health Thailand reported the first imported case of lab-confirmed novel coronavirus

11 January 2020 –

After testing of all suspected cases 41 individuals with novel coronavirus infection were preliminarily diagnosed in Wuhan City, including one death

10 January 2020 –

WHO published a range of interim guidance for all countries on how they can prepare for this virus, including how to monitor for sick people, test samples, treat patients, control infection in health centres, maintain the right supplies, and communicate with the public about this new virus.

7 January 2020 –

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified

31 December 2019 –

Cluster of mystery pneumonia in China initially reported to the WHO China Country Office

 

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Sources: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6; www.nhc.gov.cn/yjb/pzhgli/new_list.shtml; www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports; http://weekly.chinacdc.cn/fileCCDCW/journal/article/ccdcw/newcreate/COVID-19.pdf; www.newscientist.com/article/2237475-covid-19-news-oxford-vaccine-is-safe-and-induces-immune-response/

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  1. It’s not pneumonia.. it’s something else, dry cough, fever and or episodic shivering increase in intensity over time.. most patients complain dysplasia like.. and chest tightness due respiratory muscles spa post prolonged subclinical dehydration..
    I dealt with many pets properly with complete cure..
    Dr. Abdullah Farhat..

    • Thanks for your comment Dr Farhat. As the WHO have described it as pneumonia and we are working off the outbreak news from this source this seemed an apt description, but it is interesting to hear more about the symtpoms.

    • Dr. Farhat, thank u for enlightening us with new clinical signs. I have a question. U said u have dealt with many pets.
      1.Does this virus affect animals with the same signs and symptoms?
      2. Is it zoonotic: animal-to-human transfer, is it possible? have such cases been recorded of zoonosis anywhere?

  2. There is not study to find the cause of death.Patients die in the icu(?)while being treated mostly by anesthesiologists who are generally trained to treat patients during surgical operations.It is imperative to know more about the changes occurring in the lungs but also in the liver,kidney and hearth.
    The clinical informations we have so far e.g. x-ray of the chest including CT-scan and laboratory findings do not
    make understandable what happens.Why do not have any death in the ship in Japan where more than 300 patients have been infected?

  3. Infectious Diseases Hub:

    Can you also report the number of COV19 tests performed corresponding to the cases and deaths data in your first figure? It would be ideal to have that data also available in tabular form for the worldwide totals and broken down by individual localities. Is there a place to find such data from the WHO?

    Evaluating how the number of tests relates to the number of cases identified and the number of deaths attributed would allow an evaluation of how much of increase in cases can simply be explained by the false positive rate of the testing and other factors (e.g., pre-existing coronavirus in evaluated populations) not related to virus spread. Such analyses might greatly inform and impact current social and economical policy making.

    Please inform.

  4. Dr. Giuliano:

    You make a very important point regarding essential missing information in the current reporting. Many, if not all, of the reported deaths in the U.S. are presumptive coronavirus deaths because of positive tests. Yet, I have seen no reports of viral pathology for these patients. If they are dying of the virus, the virus itself should be detectable in many of these patients tissues, as well as pathological findings indicative of a viral pathogenesis.

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