Important Events In The Coronavirus Timeline New surrounding the novel coronavirus is breaking every single day and people around the world are waiting to see what is going to happen next and what they need to be doing to keep their family and themselves safe during this historic event. The coronavirus outbreak has officially been labeled by the World Health Organization as a pandemic and it managed to spread around the world quickly.
It was in the month of December that several cases of pneumonia were found in China in the city of Wuhan. At this time, they did not know if the virus was causing the SARS-like symptoms that included a headache, fever, cough, runny nose, and a sore throat.
Early January 2020
During this time, health authorities discovered that wild animals being sold as food in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market and it was closed to prevent the virus from spreading further. A few days later, it was discovered that the disease was stemming from a novel type of the coronavirus which was subsequently labeled as 2019-nCov.
The first death that was officially caused by the novel coronavirus occurred on January 9 after he developed pneumonia and experienced respiratory failure, according to the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission. This first death was that of a 61-year-old-man who they believe was first exposed to this virus while at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. This death was quickly followed by another on January 17. One of the most disconcerting developments at this time was the report of infection by Thai authorities who were in the country as a Chinese national. This was followed up just a few days late by the confirmation that a man in Japan who had been in China had been diagnosed as well. It was around this time-frame that officials in the United States began screening the passengers of airplanes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.
Late January 2020
By January 20, 2020, well over one hundred people had been diagnosed in China and the National Institute of Health began working on developing a vaccine for COVID-19. The virus officially became concerning to many in the United States after a patient was diagnosed with it in the state of Washington on January 21, 2020. It was a day after this that Chinese authorities confirmed to rest of the world that the number of diagnosed patients had reached 547 and concerns for the next steps were being raised throughout the world.
This concern led to several Chinese cities taking actions like canceling large festivals and other celebrations to try to prevent the spread of the virus throughout the country. In addition to this, partial lockdowns were also taking place and on January 26, all tours in the country were canceled by the Chinese Association of Travel Services. This included international tours as well as domestic ones. President Xi Jinping of China began meeting with experts from the World Health Organization and international experts were sent to evaluate the outbreak that was taking place.
Soon after, it was announced by the white house that a new task force was being formed to try to contain the virus and monitor the situation that was constantly evolving. On January 30, it was confirmed that a patient in the United States had contracted the virus from another person which was the first person-to-person transmission that they had come across in the country. After this occurrence, President Donald Trump made the decision to ban all travel to the United States of foreign nationals that had been in China within the last two weeks.
Throughout February, the cases of the coronavirus continue to grow and new cases were discovered internationally. Major steps were taken that included lockdown, travel bans, and other efforts to prevent the disease from spreading. Despite criticism of how Trump had been handling the spread, he named Mike Pence to head the response of the United States on February 26. On February 29, the United States saw its first death after a state health official passed away.
The severity of this pandemic could not be ignored anymore and states of emergency began being issued throughout the United States and the rest of the world. On March 13, two days after the World Health Organization announced that the novel coronavirus was officially a pandemic, Trump declared a national emergency and released billions in federal resources meant to help in the high against the virus. The United Nations began calling for a ceasefire across the globe so that all the focus could be put on the common enemy that the entire world was trying to fight. As more and more people lost their jobs during lockdowns, there was a lot of debate on what needed to be included in a stimulus package to help the individuals and businesses who had lost money and resources due to the virus. This stimulus was signed into law on March 27.
After most of the United States was put on lockdown, millions of people began applying for unemployment benefits, according to statistics from the Department of Labor. This was the most claims that had ever been requested during one time-period in the history of the program. As of April 2, it was announced by John Hopkins University that more than a million people had been diagnosed with the potentially-deadly virus throughout the world.
As of April 8, 2020, the city of Wuhan where the outbreak is suspected to have originated has opened its doors after being locked down for 76 days. While officials and residents are hopeful when it comes to the future of the city, many sources have reported a surge in cases and deaths in the area that they attribute to the virus. Since then, officials in China have taken other actions such as closing the Russian border.