The World Well being Group (WHO) has declared a pandemic over a brand new coronavirus which causes an sickness generally known as COVID-19 that has unfold to just about each nation.
The illness has killed greater than 318,500 individuals and contaminated 4.Eight million, in line with knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins College. Practically 1.Eight million individuals have recovered.
Beneath is a timeline:
On Could 19, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has promised an unbiased overview of the worldwide pandemic response, after nations at a digital assembly of the World Well being Meeting known as for a probe.
In the UK, unemployment claims jumped by 69 % final month from 856,000 individuals to 2.1 million because the pandemic took maintain and hit the labour market.
On Could 18, World leaders have spoken at the digital assembly of the World Well being Meeting, as many nations have known as for an unbiased probe into the pandemic.
Spain has reported a day by day loss of life toll beneath 100 for the primary time in two months, whereas Italy’s has been the bottom because the begin of its lockdown.
India nevertheless, has recorded its greatest single-day surge with 5,242 new circumstances of coronavirus and 157 deaths within the final 24 hours, taking the nation’s an infection tally to greater than 96,000 – essentially the most in Asia.
Could 11 – 17
Saudi Arabia stated on Could 11 it is going to impose powerful austerity measures by tripling its Worth Added Tax from 5 % to 15 %, along with halting month-to-month handout funds to residents with a view to deal with file low oil costs and a coronavirus-led financial hunch.
On Could 14, The United Nations predicted the coronavirus pandemic will shrink the world financial system by 3.2 % this yr, the sharpest contraction because the Nice Despair within the 1930s, pushing an estimated 34.Three million individuals into excessive poverty, largely in Africa.
Officers confirmed on Could 15 the primary coronavirus an infection of a Rohingya refugee within the sprawling camps in southern Bangladesh.
On Could 16, India coronavirus circumstances surpassed China’s with the well being ministry reporting 85,940 infections and a couple of,752 deaths. The worst-hit Indian states are Maharashtra with 29,100 circumstances, Tamil Nadu 10,108, Gujarat 9,931 and New Delhi 8,895.
Former US President Barack Obama criticised the nation’s leaders on Could 17 for his or her dealing with of the coronavirus response, telling school graduates in a web-based graduation handle that the pandemic reveals many officers “aren’t even pretending to be in charge”.
India prolonged a virtually two-month-old stringent lockdown by one other two weeks.
Could 4 – 10
On Could 5, the UK recorded the very best official COVID-19 loss of life toll in Europe, with greater than 30,000 individuals useless.
In a reversal from earlier statements, US President Donald Trump stated on Could 7 that the emergency activity drive dealing with his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak won’t be wound down, and can as a substitute proceed its work “indefinitely”.
The WHO warned on Could 8, that 83,000 to 190,000 individuals in Africa may very well be killed by the coronavirus illness within the first yr and infect between 29 million and 44 million throughout that interval if it isn’t contained.
On Could 10, each China and South Korea reported new spikes in coronavirus circumstances, with Seoul recording 34 new circumstances – its greatest single-day soar in a few month.
April 27 – Could 3
The variety of US circumstances surpassed on April 28 a million, a 3rd of worldwide infections, whereas the loss of life toll exceeded 57,000.
On April 29, Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir proved efficient in opposition to the brand new coronavirus in a significant examine, shortening the time it takes for sufferers to get better by 4 days on common, in line with US authorities and firm officers. The information got here because the US financial system took its hardest hit because the top of the Nice Recession, with its GDP contracting 4.Eight % within the first quarter of the yr.
Greater than 30 million individuals within the US filed claims on April 30 for jobless advantages because the starting of coronavirus-related lockdowns. In the meantime, the eurozone’s financial system shrunk by 3.Eight % within the first quarter, the largest hit since information started in 1995.
On Could 3, Afghanistan’s well being ministry raised the alarm over the unfold of the brand new coronavirus after a small examine with random exams in Kabul urged that a few third of the capital’s residents may very well be contaminated.
April 20 – 26
On April 21, President Donald Trump introduced on Twitter that he “will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!”
In the meantime, a report by the UN World Meals Programme warned that the variety of individuals going through acute meals insecurity may double, leaping to 265 million, due to the disruptions attributable to the pandemic, together with border closures.
The pandemic is anticipated to drive carbon dioxide emissions down by six % this yr, the top of the World Meteorological Group stated on April 22, in what could be the largest yearly drop since World Conflict II.
On April 23, the variety of US residents who filed for first-time unemployment advantages within the 5 weeks because the begin of coronavirus-related lockdowns reached a file 26 million.
The confirmed variety of coronavirus-related deaths worldwide on April 25 reached one other grim milestone by exceeding the 200,000 threshold.
On the identical day, the WHO warned in opposition to nations issuing so-called “immunity passports” to those that have recovered from COVID-19, saying there was no scientific proof to show that these individuals develop immunity in opposition to potential an infection sooner or later.
On April 26, the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan, the place the worldwide coronavirus pandemic started, stated it had no remaining circumstances of the an infection in its hospitals, with all sufferers handled for COVID-19 discharged.
Saudi Arabia partially lifted the curfew in all areas of the dominion whereas preserving a 24-hour curfew in Mecca and beforehand remoted neighbourhoods.
April 13 – 19
On April 14, each India and France prolonged a nationwide lockdown, till Could Three and Could 11, respectively. On the identical day, Taiwan reported no new circumstances for the primary time in additional than a month.
In the meantime, as recognized infections worldwide surpassed two million on April 15, the Worldwide Financial Fund stated the worldwide financial system was anticipated to shrink by three % this yr – the largest contraction because the Nice Despair of the 1930s.
On April 17, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti stated prayers throughout Ramadan and the next Eid al-Fitr competition needs to be carried out at dwelling if the coronavirus outbreak continues, in line with a Saudi newspaper.
Turkey surpassed Iran for essentially the most infections within the Center East on April 19, as circumstances there rose to 86,306.
April 6 – 12
On April 6, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved into intensive care as his situation worsened after being hospitalised in London with persistent COVID-19 signs. He was launched from intensive care on April 9 and was discharged from hospital on April 12.
On April 7, Japan declared a state of emergency amid a spike in coronavirus circumstances, whereas Singapore started a partial lockdown.
On April 8, Wuhan started permitting individuals to go away for the primary time because the central Chinese language metropolis was sealed off 76 days in the past to include the coronavirus that first emerged there late final yr. In Singapore, using Zoom for on-line training was suspended after hackers hijacked a lesson and confirmed obscene photos to college students.
The UK introduced its worst single-day loss of life toll on April 10, with an extra 980 individuals who had contracted coronavirus dropping their lives within the 24 hours earlier than Thursday night.
The US recorded on April 11 a complete loss of life toll of 20,071, surpassing Italy’s toll of 19,468. Circumstances within the US topped 519,000.
March 30 – April 5
On March 31, the variety of deaths on account of coronavirus within the US surpassed these reported by China, the place the brand new coronavirus was detected late final yr. By the tip of the week, the US reported greater than 4,000 amid greater than 300,000 circumstances.
On April 1, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the coronavirus pandemic presents the world with its “worst crisis” since World Conflict II as the worldwide whole of confirmed COVID-19 circumstances reached a million and the worldwide loss of life toll topped 50,000.
On April 3, the World Well being Group (WHO) warned governments within the Center East that they need to act shortly to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus as circumstances within the area have risen to just about 60,000 – virtually double the tally of per week earlier.
In the UK, Johnson was taken to a hospital on April 5 after displaying persistent signs, 10 days after testing optimistic for the virus.
On the identical day, Iran, the worst-hit nation within the Center East, reported a complete loss of life toll of three,603 amid 58,226 circumstances. Nevertheless, President Hassan Rouhani stated that “low-risk” financial actions would resume from April 11.
March 23 – 29
Within the US, the White Home and Senate leaders of each events struck an settlement on March 25 on a sweeping $2 trillion measure to assist staff, companies and a healthcare system strained by pandemic. By the tip of the week, the US accounted for the very best variety of coronavirus infections on the planet, recording greater than 124,000 circumstances and a couple of,000 deaths, greater than double the determine two days earlier than.
In the meantime, because the variety of circumstances worldwide surpassed 600,000, with greater than 27,000 deaths on March 27, India and South Africa joined the nations to impose lockdowns. Kenya, Kazakhstan and Honduras reported their first deaths, whereas Johnson introduced he had examined optimistic.
In Europe, Spain recorded 838 new coronavirus deaths over the earlier 24 hours on March 29, marking the nation’s highest day by day soar in fatalities. The nation was now second solely to Italy the place the loss of life toll shot previous 10,000 with 889 new deaths.
March 16 – 22
On March 18, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared, for the primary time ever, a “human biosecurity emergency” within the nation. On the opposite facet of the Pacific ocean, Chile and Guatemala shut down their borders hoping strict measures would curb the unfold of the virus.
However in uncommon optimistic information, no new home circumstances have been reported in China for the primary time because the begin of the outbreak.
On March 20, coronavirus-related deaths surged previous 10,000 globally. Extra circumstances have been reported in Turkey and Pakistan, whereas Iran registered a complete of 14,991 infections and 853 deaths.
On March 21, as Europe remained the epicentre of the pandemic, with Italy reporting 4,825 fatalities amid 53,578 circumstances, the EU took the unprecedented step to droop guidelines on public deficits, giving nations free rein to inject spending into the financial system as wanted.
On March 22, Palestinian officers within the besieged Gaza Strip introduced the primary two coronavirus circumstances.
March 9 – 15
On March 9, Iran launched stated some 70,000 prisoners had been launched due to the coronavirus outbreak within the nation, with out specifying if or when these freed would wish to return to jail.
On March 10, Lebanon and Morocco reported their first deaths from the virus.
In a long-anticipated transfer, the WHO on March 11 declared on the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, whereas Turkey, Ivory Coast, Honduras, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Panama and Mongolia confirmed their first circumstances. In Qatar, infections jumped drastically from 24 to 262 in a single day.
On March 15, Kazakhstan, the Philippines and Austria tightened restrictions in a bid to include the pandemic.
March 2 – 8
On March 5, Saudi Arabia introduced its first coronavirus case.
China’s Well being Fee reported 99 new circumstances on March 7, down from 143 circumstances the day earlier than, with a complete of 80,651 circumstances nationwide. Official knowledge confirmed the nation’s exports plunging 17.2 % within the first two months of the yr after the outbreak introduced a lot of the nation to a halt.
On Monday 8, Saudi authorities locked down the japanese Qatif area and introduced the suspension of all faculties and universities throughout the countryy till additional discover.
In a sweeping transfer, Italy imposed a strict quarantine within the state of Lombardy and 14 different areas within the north, affecting a complete of 16 million individuals.
February 24 – March 1
This week marked the affirmation of first circumstances in nations internationally, together with Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Norway, Romania, Greece, Georgia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Macedonia, Brazil, Estonia, Denmark, Northern Eire and the Netherlands, Lithuania and Wales.
On February 25, Iran’s Deputy Well being Minister Iraj Harirchi, who, a day earlier, had given a press briefing on the outbreak, confirmed he had coronavirus. The nation’s official whole reached 95 circumstances with 15 deaths.
Because the variety of infections handed 82,000 worldwide on February 27, together with greater than 2,800 deaths, the US was contemplating invoking the Protection Manufacturing Act which might grant President Donald Trump the ability to develop industrial manufacturing of key supplies or merchandise for nationwide safety.
February 17 – 23
On February 19, Iran reported two deaths from the coronavirus, hours after confirming its first circumstances, whereas South Korea reported on February 20 its first loss of life from the coronavirus.
In the meantime, China stated the loss of life toll had risen to 2,118 whereas the overall variety of circumstances reached 74,576. The nation’s well being fee reported day by day infections dropped to the bottom in virtually a month, a results of authorities solely counting circumstances confirmed by genetic testing in Hubei.
On February 21, Israel reported its first confirmed case after a lady who returned from a cruise ship examined optimistic.
In Italy, officers confirmed a 3rd loss of life on February 23, whereas native authorities introduced the Venice Carnival to an early shut and suspended sports activities occasions.
February 10 – 16
As of February 10, China had 908 confirmed deaths and a complete of 40,171 infections, prompting President Xi Jinping to seem in public for the primary time because the outbreak started, visiting a hospital within the capital, Beijing, and urging confidence within the battle in opposition to the virus.
5 days later, a February Three speech by Chinese language President Xi Jinping, printed by state media, indicated the federal government knew about the specter of the virus effectively earlier than the general public alarm was raised.
On February 11, the WHO introduced that the illness attributable to new coronavirus could be known as “COVID-19”. The brand new coronavirus itself was dubbed SARS-CoV-2.
On February 13, Japan confirmed its first loss of life linked to the virus.
Egypt turned the primary nation in Africa on February 14, to report a case and France reported Europe’s first loss of life from the virus. On February 16, Taiwan reported its first loss of life.
February 3 – 9
On February 6, authorities in Malaysia reported the nation’s first recognized human-to-human transmission whereas the variety of individuals contaminated in Europe reached 30.
On February 7, Li Wenliang, a health care provider who was among the many first to sound the alarm over the coronavirus in China, died, and Hong Kong launched jail sentences for anybody breaching quarantine guidelines.
On February 9, the loss of life toll in China surpassed that of the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, with 811 deaths recorded and 37,198 infections. An investigative workforce led by consultants from the WHO departed for China.
January 27 – February 2
On January 30, the WHO declared the coronavirus a world emergency because the loss of life toll in China jumped to 170, with 7,711 circumstances reported within the nation, the place the virus had unfold to all 31 provinces. By the tip of the week, China reported 304 deaths amid 14,380 infections.
Inside a couple of days, new circumstances have been confirmed in India, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, the US, the UAE and Vietnam.
On February 2, the Philippines reported the first loss of life outdoors China, the sufferer being a Chinese language man from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province the place the brand new coronavirus was detected in late 2019.
January 20 – 26
On January 20, China reported a 3rd loss of life and greater than 200 infections, with circumstances additionally reported outdoors Hubei province together with in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
In the meantime, a Chinese language skilled on infectious illnesses confirmed human-to-human transmission to state broadcaster CCTV, elevating fears of a significant outbreak as thousands and thousands travelled for the Lunar New Yr vacation.
The cities of Wuhan, Xiantao and Chibi in Hubei province have been positioned beneath efficient quarantine on January 23 as air and rail departures have been suspended. By the tip of the week, extra areas have been positioned beneath lockdown affecting a complete of 56 million individuals.
The WHO stated that the outbreak didn’t but represent a public emergency of worldwide concern and there was “no evidence” of the virus spreading between people outdoors of China.
January 13 – 19
The WHO reported on January 13 a case in Thailand, the primary outdoors of China, in a lady who had arrived from Wuhan.
On January 17, as a second loss of life was reported in Wuhan, well being authorities within the US introduced that three airports would begin screening passengers arriving from town.
Authorities within the US, Nepal, France, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan confirmed circumstances over the next days.
January 6 – 12
On January 7, officers introduced they’d recognized a brand new virus, in line with the WHO. The novel virus was named 2019-nCoV and was recognized as belonging to the coronavirus household, which incorporates SARS and the frequent chilly.
On January 11, China introduced its first loss of life from the virus, a 61-year-old man who had bought items from the seafood market. Remedy didn’t enhance his signs after he was admitted to hospital and he died of coronary heart failure on the night of January 9.
December 31 – January 5
On December 31 final yr, China alerted the WHO to a number of circumstances of surprising pneumonia in Wuhan, a metropolis of 11 million individuals. The virus was unknown.
A number of of these contaminated labored on the metropolis’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which was shut down on January 1. As well being consultants labored to establish the virus amid rising alarm, the variety of infections exceeded 40.
On January 5, Chinese language officers dominated out the likelihood that this was a recurrence of the extreme acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus – an sickness that originated in China and killed greater than 770 individuals worldwide in 2002-2003.