It all began in China. And as the South China Morning Post reported, the first novel Coronavirus case was detected in Hubei province on November 17, weeks before China announced that a new virus had emerged. Authorities attempted a cover-up that included a crackdown on doctors who tried to sound the alarm that a SARS-like virus had struck. After nearly a month and a half, on December 31, China informed the World Health Organisation of an outbreak of “pneumonia of unknown cause” detected in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province. By then, it was too late. Here’s a lowdown on how the virus travelled far and wide, infecting millions and killing thousands around the globe. The mayhem continues.
Comprehensive Timeline: COVID-19 Pandemic
Global cases cross 5.5 million and toll surges to 3,47,500
India count set to cross 1.5 lakh with total death toll 4,345.
WHO suspends HCQ trial over safety concerns. Hydroxychloroquine – the anti malarial drug President Trump took from India to treat COVID-19 patients
US maintain its number one position of most affected country in the world with 1.7 million cases & is closing on 1,00,000 deaths.
Brazil has the second largest number of infections with over 3,63,000 cases.
India now No.10 among COVID-19 hit nations as the country’s count continued to surge. India overtook Iran in total recorded cases with 1,36,169 cases
Global cases cross 5.3 million & death toll surges to 3,43,000
New York reports lowest number of daily toll in weeks. Toll was 109 on Sunday after a peak of 799 on April 8.
Global cases increase to over 5.2 million and toll crosses 3,39,000.
US death count nears 100,000
India reported 1,29,539 cases with total deaths 3,867.
Over 5.1 million cases reported worldwide
The US makes up more than 1.5 million of those cases.
Brazil has become third worst hit country with its biggest single day toll of 1,181.
US has recorded over 1.5 million cases and 93,000 deaths
Over 5 million people worldwide infected with coronavirus since it outbreak and over 3,29,000 people are dead.
Global count nears 5 million with over 3.5 lakh deaths
US death toll hits 93,000
India’s case rises to 1,10,814 with death toll 3,435
COVID cases cross 47,000 in Pakistan with 1,005 fatalities
Russia cases edge toward 3,00, 000.
Brazil became the world’s third worst hit country with over 2,50,000 infections despite limited testing.
New coronavirus cases have been spiking from South Africa to Mexico in a clear indication that the pandemic is far from over.
In India tally cross 1 lakh mark
109 days after the first person tested positive for COVID-19 in India, the country’s case count crossed the 1 lakh mark with the number of infections having doubled in just a little over past 12 days.
Global cases cross 4.7 million & toll surges past 315,000
US death toll nears 90,000 & cases cross 1.4 million.
China OK with virus origin probe but after outbreak is controlled. China has conceded to a draft resolution backed by 120 nations including India, at the WHO’s World Health Assembly calling for a probe into the source of the coronavirus that has claimed over 3 lakh lives worldwide.
Japan, world’s 3rd largest economy, falls into a recession for the first time since 2015.
Global cases cross 4.6 million & toll surges to 3,12,000
Brazil overtakes Spain to become the fourth worst hit country in the world with over 233,660 cases.
India extends 2 more weeks of Lockdown until 31 May as total confirmed cases stood at 95,679 with death toll crossed 3000 mark.
India saw its biggest jump COVID count as total cases stood at 90,674 reaching 80k to 90k in 2 days.
US death toll rises to 88,211
Global cases cross 4.5 million and death toll 3,05,000
China has gone a month without any COVID-19 deaths but Shenyang has quarantined 7,500 people after 3 cases were reported in 5 days
With 85,786 cases, India surpassed China’s number of cases 84,031
Slovenia first in EU to claim epidemic over
Global cases hit 4.4 million & death toll nears 300,000 with US alone according for over 84,000
Russia total cases 252,245 with 2,305 deaths
India’s total case load crossed 80,000 with 2,646 deaths
Global cases nears 4.3 million & toll hits 294,000
Russia reports 10,000 cases per day for 11 consecutive days
India cases tops 75,000 with Maharashtra’s case load zoomed past the 25,000 mark
Global cases surpass 4.2 million & toll nears 290,000
US leads the tally with over 80,000 fatalities & 1.35 million cases
With over 232,000 cases Russia becomes the 2nd worst-hit country
New clusters in China, Germany, South Korea show continued risks.
Global cases cross 4.1 million & toll over 283,000
Russia virus cases now 4th highest in world with tally 221,334 though death count is 2009.
India’s count went past 70,000 in just two days after crossing the 60,000 mark with 2,290 deaths
Russia reports over 10,000 new COVID cases for an 8th straight day, total case cross 209,600 with death toll 1915
China & South Korea report new spikes in cases settings off concerns in countries where local outbreaks had declined
Global cases over 4 million and death toll cross 281,200
India recorded it’s highest single-day jump in cases with the number crossing 4,000 for first time as total cases hit 67,186 with 2,206 deaths.
Global cases cross 4 million. Death toll exceeds 276,000
India’s count crosses 60,000 taking just 6 days to reach this mark after it past 40,000 with total death count hits 2000
Maharashtra count goes past 20,000
Worldwide infection hits 3.9 million and death toll cross 2,70,000
COVID-19 deaths in Italy exceed 30,000
Global cases rise to 3.7 million & toll crosses 264,000.
After US, India seeing most new cases every day as India Corona count raced to 55,000, taking just four days to reach that number after crossing 40,000 on May 4. But India’s Covid fatality rate lowest in world.
India crosses 50k cases & Mumbai hits the 10k mark
Global cases jumped to over 3.7 million and toll raised to 259,700.
In US, over 1.2 million cases & 71,500 deaths.
Italian scientists claim to have developed a vaccine that neutralises virus, human trails soon.
Global toll surpass 250,000
Confirmed cases cross 3.6 million
Britain is first country in Europe to confirm over 30,000 deaths
US death count hits 70,000 mark with around 12 lakh infections
India’s total coronavirus count crosses 45,000 with 1,490 deaths
Global Death Toll Hits 248,000 while confirmed cases swell to 3.5 million
In US cases cross 1.1 million & toll surges to 68,000
Global cases cross 3.4 million. Death toll surged to 2,45,000
US suffered record 67000 deaths
In India cases cross 40,000 mark now record 42,456 with 1,390 deaths.
India count stood just 211 short of 40,000. The death toll rose to 1,320
US death hits 65,000 with 11,17,979 cases
Russia reported sharp spike with total confirmed cases at 1,24,375
India extends lockdown by 2 more weeks till 17th May as the cases hit more than 37,000 with 1,222 deaths
WHO extends ‘Global Emergency’ alert
More than 1 million people recovered from infection worldwide
More than 3.27 people still infected around world
Total death counts reached 2,35,290
Russian PM Mikhail Mishustin tests +ve for COVID-19.
US death toll tops 60,000
Global death toll hits 210,000
Total confirmed cases swell to 3.1 million
In India total confirmed cases crosses 30,000 with death toll going past 1000
COVID-19 cases in US cross 1 million mark, toll exceeds American fatalities in Vietnam war.
Global Death Toll Hits 2,09,661
Total global confirmed cases 30,17,806
In India cases inch close to 30,000
Worldwide death toll 2,09,661
Total global confirmed cases 30,17,806
In India cases inch close to 30,000
Total cases set to touch 3 million & death toll crosses 2,05,607
US death toll surged to 54,000
Meanwhile, China says Wuhan, the epicenter of COVID-19, has now no remaining cases in its hospital.
Global death tool reached 2,00,000
Number of infected people crosses 2.9 million
India cases cross 26,000
Global death toll crosses 191,000 Total confirmed cases touch 2.7 million
With over 50,000 dying in US
Total confirmed cases 26,78,585 death counts 1,86,640
Worldwide death toll crosses 180,000
US death toll surged to 45,000 with 826,000 confirmed cases
India 17th nation to hit 20,000 cases with death toll crosses 600
Worldwide death toll crosses 170,000 with 42,364 deaths, US has the highest mortality rate, followed by Italy with 24,114 & Spain 21,282 deaths
Worldwide death toll 168,500
Total confirmed cases 2,447,920
Worldwide death toll crosses 162,000 including 100,000 in Europe
Total confirmed cases surge to 2,356,475
US death counts nears 40,000
Spain death toll crosses 20,000
Confirmed cases over 2.25 million death toll surged to 150,000 globally
US death toll rises to 35,000
India death toll crosses 500 with more than 15,000 confirmed cases
Total Confirmed Cases: 2,183,964 Deaths: 146,881
US death toll to over 35,000
Total Confirmed Cases: 2,083,304 Deaths: 136,908
US reports highest daily toll at nearly 2,600 with death toll to over 30,000
Confirmed cases reach over 2 million
It took the world 12 days to gets its second million
The first million cases took 93 days
US President Donald Trump cuts WHO Funding
IMF says lockdowns could shrink the global economy by 3%
Coronavirus cases hits over 20,00,000 Total Deaths over 1,15,000
India extends nationwide lockdown till May 3
Total fatalities has risen to 1.14 lakh, while number of confirmed cases has surged to 18.4 lakh
New York City now has more COVID19 cases than China, UK with over 100,000 cases and over 7,000 deaths
With over 5.56 lakh cases, US has been the worst affected country, followed by Spain (1.66 lakh), Italy (1.56 lakh), France (1.33 lakh) and Germany (1.27 lakh).
In US, the death toll has crossed 22,000, followed by Italy (19,899), Spain (17,209), France (14,393) and UK (10,612).
Total cases in India rise over 9,000 with over 300 deaths
India case count tops 9,000 with 308 covid deaths.
Confirmed deaths hit nearly 110,000 globally; cases climb towards 1.8 million
British Prime Minister Johnson leaves hospital
UK death toll passes 10,000
France reports lower coronavirus daily death toll, total almost 14,400
Italy reports the lowest virus death toll in over three weeks
Confirmed death toll surpasses 100,000 while worldwide cases climbed above 1.7 million
US becomes the epicentre of pandemic, becomes the first country to report more than 2000 deaths in a single day with more than 20,000 deaths, highest in the world surpassing Italy.
UK recorded its deadliest day yet, at 980, bringing the country’s total coronavirus death toll to nearly 9,000.
Italy extended its nationwide lockdown until 3 May. The country has recorded nearly 19,000 coronavirus deaths.
7,703 confirmed cases in India, death toll 242
More than 1.6 million confirmed cases with more than 95,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The number of confirmed cases in US topped 500,000.
India recorded 6,761 cases and 206 deaths. With 1,364 cases, Maharashtra reported the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu (834) and Delhi (898).
1.5 million confirmed cases more than 88,000 deaths worldwide.
1.45 million confirmed cases and more than 83,000 confirmed deaths
Covid-19 cases cross 5,000 in India with 149 deaths
1.3 million confirmed cases 73,000 Deaths
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care as his COVID-19 symptoms worsened
12,14,971 Confirmed cases 69,000 Deaths
The US remains the country with the most reported confirmed cases, with more than 337,000, followed by Spain (more than 131,000), Italy (more than 128,000), Germany (more than 100,000) and France (more than 93,000).
- More than 1,213,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection around the world, with 65,652 confirmed deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
- Almost 250,000 people are known to have recovered from coronavirus.
- US remains the worst-affected country in the world, with over 312,000 confirmed cases.
- Spain has overtaken European neighbour Italy in terms of the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are now more than 130,000 cases in the country, though the death toll in Italy is still the highest in the world, at over 15,000.
11,23,000 confirmed cases of infection and more than 59,000 confirmed deaths worldwide.
Worldwide confirmed cases reach 1,000,000.More than50,000 people have died
More than 42,000 people have died worldwide, with over 860,000 cases of infection, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 178,000 people have recovered from COVID-19.
Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has crossed 800,000 mark. In all, 38,714 people have died from COVID-19, while 172,657 have recovered from the disease as per Worldwide real-time coronavirus map of John Hopkins University.
Olympic Games rescheduled to July 2021
The number of COVID-19 deaths across the globe has surpassed the 35,000 mark. Italy tops the list with more than 10,770 deceased people.
US cases surpass 143,000, quadrupling in the past week
The total number of cases crossed over 700,000 people worldwide, and the number of deaths had totalled more than 33,500.
Total number of cases in US increased to more than 116,000, with more than 1,900 deaths.
Italy following with more than 92,000 cases and reached another grim milestone on Saturday as the number of deaths topped 10,000, more than any other country.
US overtakes China in number of COVID-19 cases as the number of confirmed cases reaches 86,000. The number of deaths in the US has reached 1,300.
India unveils $23bn package to help poor hit by COVID-19 lockdown
According to John Hopkins University data, more than537,331 confirmed cases and more than 24,136 deaths recorded.
G20 countries pledge to inject over $5 trillion into global economy to counter economic impact of COVID-19.
India moves to a Complete Lockdown to contain COVID-19 as number of confirmed cases crossed more than 600 with 10 deaths.
India,announces 21-day lockdown.
COVID-19 cases surpass 400,000 with more than 16,000 deaths.
Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson locks Britain down.
New York City confirms 21,000 cases, making it the epicentre of the outbreak in US.
About 1 in 3 Americans are under lockdown as 12 states issue Stay-at-Home orders.
Global cases of COVID019 surpass 300,000 and death toll rose to above 13,000. It took over three months to reach the first 100,000 confirmed cases, 12 days to reach 200,000 and three days to reach 300,000.
Spain is the second worst-hit country in Europe with more than 21,000 infections and at least 1,000 deaths.
Europe remains the epicentre of the pandemic with Italy reporting 793 new deaths- bringing the total number of deaths to 4,825 amid 53,578 cases.
COVID-19 related deaths surged past 10,000 globally.
Italy overtook China as the country with the most Coronavirus-related deaths, registering 3,405 dead compared to 3,245 in China.
Cases of COVID-19 surpass 200,000 globally. It took over three months to reach the first 100,000 confirmed cases and just 12 days to reach the next 100,000.
Australia declared for the first time ever a “Human Biosecurity Emergency”
European Union bars visitors from outside the Bloc of 26 countries for 30-days.
US warns pandemic “will last 18months or longer” and may come in “multiple waves” of infections.
For the first time since the beginning of the outbreak, infections and deaths outside China surpass those within China.
US President Trump declares National Emergency.
WHO declared Europe the epicentre of the Pandemic.
WHO declared the Coronavirus outbreak a Pandemic.
US bans all travel from 26 European countries.
China’s leader, Xi Jinping visited Wuhan for the first time, the epicentre of COVID-19 outbreak.
Iran and Italy recorded their highest death tolls in a single day.A total of 54 people died in Iran, while in Italy, 168 new fatalities were recorded.
Iran released about 70,000 prisoners because of the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Over 100 countries report cases of COVID-19. Italy places 60 million residents on lockdown.
Number of COVID-19 cases surpass 100,000 killing nearly 3,500 people across more than 90 countries.
UNICEF said COVID-19 has disrupted the education of 290.5 million students globally; an “unprecedented” figure.
US reports first death on American soil.
WHO raises the global risk of spread of COVID-19 from “high” to “very high”.
Cases of Coronavirus have now been confirmed on every continent except Antarctica.
Iran emerges as a second focal point
The death toll in China rose to 2,595 among 77,262 confirmed cases.
Italy outbreak begins
Iran outbreak begins
China said it was reviewing its trade and consumption of wildlife, which has been identified as a probable source of the outbreak. The draft legislation aims to end “the pernicious habit of eating wildlife”.
France reports first Coronavirus death from COVID-19 in Europe.
Egypt became the first country in Africa to report a case.
Coronavirus cases start to spike in South Korea
175 people infected on board the Diamond Princess Cruise ship, docked at Yokohama port, Japan.
WHO announced an official name for the disease the virus novel Coronavirus causes:COVID-19, an acronym that stands for Corona Virus Disease 2019. The name makes no reference to any of the people, places, or animals associated with the Coronavirus. WHO ignored the well-established norms of such practise as China didn’t want it to be named “Chinese or Wuhan Virus” to avoid stigma.
WHO says a vaccine could be available in an estimated 18 months. Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared in public for the first time since the epidemic began, visiting a hospital in Beijing.
Death toll in China surpasses that of the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, with 811 deaths recorded.
Chinese whistle-blower Dr Li Wenliang dies. A local doctor in Wuhan city hospital, who tried to raise the alarm on the 2019-nCoV virus outbreak in December was reprimanded and forced to sign a statement denouncing his warning as an unfounded and illegal rumour by Chinese authorities. Dr. Li’s death provoked anger and frustration at how the Chinese government mishandled the situation by not sharing information earlier and silencing whistle-blowers. Finally, China officially apologised to Li’s family and accepted its mistake to ignore the warnings.
Hong Kong reported first death of a patient with 2019-nCoV.
China tells the US not to overreact and cause panic over 2019-nCoV. In Hong Kong, hospital workers go on strike demanding total border closure with mainland China.
First 2019-nCoV death outside China is recorded in Philippines.
US bans foreign nationals from entering if they were in China and declares the 2019-nCoV outbreak a public health emergency domestically.
WHO declared Coronavirus a Global Health Emergency as India and the Philippines confirmed their first cases of the virus.
Visiting WHO Chief meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing
WHO Chief Tedros traveled to Beijing to meet with government and health experts on 2019-nCoV outbreak response.
China’s National Health Commission starts recommending use of HIV drugs as treatment against 2019-nCoV. Travel restrictions were imposed on a further five cities in Hubei, taking the overall number of people affected to 56 million. Hong Kong meanwhile declared a virus emergency, cancelled Lunar New Year celebrations and restricted links to mainland China.
Shanghai Disneyland shut down and other cities announced the closure of entertainment venues. Beijing said a section of the Great Wall and other famous landmarks would also be closed.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus decided not to declare the 2019-nCoV outbreak a public health emergency of international concern yet and said there was “no evidence” of the virus spreading between humans outside of China-a totally reckless assessment that was to impair WHO’s public image as it was quite opposite of the prevailing ground realities.
WHO defers its decision to declare 2019-nCoV outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. Beijing cancelled events for the Lunar New Year, starting on 25 January, while officials reported the first death outside Hubei. Wuhan, a port city of more than 11 million, was cut off by the Chinese authorities. Hubei province followed within days.
Chinese authorities report a spike in 2019-nCoV cases, including first confirmed cases in Shenzhen (one case) and Beijing (two cases), bringing the total to 204 confirmed cases. They also report a third death linked to the new Coronavirus.
China reported its first death from the virus
A 61-year-old man who was a regular customer at the seafood market in Wuhan. The report of his death came just before one of China’s longest holidays, when millions of people travel all across the globe from Hubei province.
Chinese authorities identify a new Coronavirus called novel Coronavirus or nCoV.
The novel virus was named 2019-nCoV and was identified as belonging to the Coronavirus family, which includes SARS that can cause varying levels of diseases, from common colds to severe fatal diseases. Usually found in animals, some they can infect humans and transmit between humans. Coronaviruses are common and spread through being in proximity to an infected person and inhaling droplets generated when they cough or sneeze, or touching a surface where these droplets land and then touching one’s face or nose.
Chinese officials ruled out the possibility that this was a recurrence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus – an illness that originated in China and killed more than 770 people worldwide in 2002-2003.
Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market Closes
Officials closeddown the live wild animal and seafood market, suspected to be the source of the mystery disease, as some of the patients with the pneumonia-like illness were dealers or vendors at the market.
Chinese authorities inform WHO China office about a cluster of 41 patients with a mysterio-us pneumoniain Wuhan City, Hubei Province;a good six weeks after its outbreak.What started as a mystery disease was first referred as 2019-nCoV (novel Corona Virus) and then named COVID-19 by WHO.
Dr. Zhang Jixian, Head of respiratory department at Hubei Provincial Hospital, reported to health officials in China that a novel Coronavirus was causing the disease; by then, it had infected more than 180 individuals.
Following the November 17 case, about one to five new cases were reported every day and by December 15, the total infections reached 27. Daily cases seem to have increased after that, with the case count reaching 60 by December 20, the SCMP reported.