This appears to be an up-to-date, accurate and unbiased website providing a much more detailed of how the COVID-19 virus is spreading world-wide. I have only ‘cherry-picked’ some of the items.
I will try and find more information on the time line for Canada, Ontario and Ottawa. Events are happening on a daily basis but at least our Prime Minister and Provincial Premiers are giving daily updates.
From the beginning until 24 March 2020.
31 DECEMBER 2019
FIRST CASES DETECTED
China has alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) of several flu-like cases in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province with 11 million population. Patients have been quarantined and health authorities commenced work on tracing the source of the flu.
Chinese authorities treated dozens of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause. On Dec. 31, the government in Wuhan, China, confirmed that health authorities were treating dozens of cases. Days later, researchers in China identified a new virus that had infected dozens of people in Asia.
Chinese Health Officials inform the WHO about a cluster of 41 patients
with a mysterious pneumonia. Most are connected to Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market
01 JANUARY 2020
Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market closes. Chinese authorities identify a new type of coronavirus (called novel coronavirus or nCoV).
Wuhan market identified as outbreak hub
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a seafood market in Wuhan as the suspected hub of the outbreak and the market remained closed since then.
05 JANUARY 2020
WHO advises against travel restrictions
WHO has issued a statement that advised against applying any restrictions of travel or trade with China based on the information available.
06 JANUARY 2020
SARS, MERS and bird flu ruled out
07 JANUARY 2020
China records its first death.
First coronavirus case outside of China is reported in Thailand
Virus identified as coronavirus 2019n-CoV
Chinese authorities have identified the virus, called Coronavirus, which is a family of viruses including the common cold, SARS and MERS. Temporarily, this new virus is named as 2019-nCoV.
13 JANUARY 2020
First US case is reported: a 35 year old man in Snohomish County, Washington.
First confirmed coronavirus case in Thailand
Coronavirus has spread beyond China, with Thailand reporting the first case of a Chinese woman, returning from a visit to Wuhan, and diagnosed with flu-like symptoms.
15 JANUARY 2020
First confirmed coronavirus case in Japan
Japan has confirmed its first case of the coronavirus in a person who stayed in Wuhan.
20 JANUARY 2020
First case detected in South Korea
A Chinese person who arrived by plane from Wuhan to South Korea was detected with the virus.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that the virus has to be contained.
21 JANUARY 2020
US Australia confirm first coronavirus cases
US has confirmed its first coronavirus case. The victim, said to be in his 30s, has been admitted at a hospital in Washington upon his return from China.
The virus reached Australia, which announced its coronavirus case. The victim, living in Brisbane, was tested positive with coronavirus after returning from Wuhan city.
22 JANUARY 2020
WHO hold on declaring international health emergency
The virus has infected over 500 people and led to the deaths of 17 people.
Airports across the world step up screening of passengers coming from Wuhan.
WHO officials met in Geneva to discuss the need for declaring coronavirus as an international health emergency and decided to wait further.
Central China’s Henan Province imposed a ban on sale of live poultry to prevent the coronavirus outbreak from spreading. The virus was first identified at Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, the capital of neighbouring Hubei province.
23 JANUARY 2020
Wuhan is placed under quarantine, Hubei Province follows within days.
WHO declares a global public health emergency.
Singapore confirms first case
Several US companies have announced plans to develop drugs and vaccines to combat the virus.
Beijing cancelled Chinese New Year celebrations.
24 JANUARY 2020
China implements further travel restrictions; Starts building temporary hospital
Chinese authorities have initiated construction on a new temporary 1000-bed hospital in Wuhan’s Caidian district with a plan to complete it in a record time of just six days. With high level of safety and protection in place, the new hospital will treat patients of the deadly virus in isolation.
25 JANUARY 2020
Hong Kong announces health emergency
Canada, Nepal report first cases
Canada has reported its first “presumptive” coronavirus case of a 50-year old man who returned from Wuhan, China on 22 Jan, while a Nepali student returned from China tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Cruise operators including Royal Caribbean and MSC, have suspended cruises to China. Later in MARCH cancel all cruises.
26 JANUARY 2020
US, France to evacuate nationals from Wuhan WHO changes risk to ‘high’
Mexico confirms first case
Ivory Coast is dealing with a suspected case of coronavirus.
27 JANUARY 2020
Sri Lanka reports first coronavirus case
Spain and Portugal are the two new countries after the US and France that are looking to evacuate their nationals from Wuhan city
28 JANUARY 2020
Japan, Taiwan and Germany confirm their first cases of domestic transmission of coronavirus.
Air Canada and Finnair have cancelled some flights to China.
29 JANUARY 2020
Finland has confirmed its first case.
30 JANUARY 2020
President Trump bans foreign nationals from entering the US if they were in China within the previous two weeks.
US reports first domestic case
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US has confirmed its first case of person-to-person transmission
31 JANUARY 2020
Death toll hits 213; WHO declares global emergency
First death outside of China is recorded in the Philippines.
UK confirms first cases.
NHS England chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in the UK.
First coronavirus suspect in New Zealand announced
01 FEBRUARY 2020
Death toll hits 259; Coronavirus reaches Russia, Spain, Sweden
02 FEBRUARY 2020
First coronavirus patient outside China dies in Philippines
03 FEBRUARY 2020
Australia brings back 243 citizens; Hong Kong medical staff on strike
A Qantas aircraft carrying 243 Australian citizens and permanent residents, including 89 individuals aged under 16, from Wuhan has landed at RAAF base Learmonth in Western Australia.
04 FEBRUARY 2020
Malaysia, Belgium confirm first case
Hong Kong has reported its first death case
07 FEBRUARY 2020
Chinese whistleblower Li Wenliang dies.
US citizen dies in Wuhan, first death of an American citizen.
08 FEBRUARY 2020
Death toll in China surpasses that of the 2002 2003 SARS epidemic with 811 deaths recorded.
10 FEBRUARY 2020
UK declares imminent threat as four more cases confirmed
11 FEBRUARY 2020
WHO announces that the new coronavirus will be called COVID-19. Coronavirus cases start to spike in South Korea.
12 FEBRUARY 2020
Iran outbreak begins
13 FEBRUARY 2020
Japan reports first COVID-19 death
14 FEBRUARY 2020
Passengers on Westerdam cruise ship disembark
Westerdam cruise ship, which docked in Cambodia after being turned away by five countries over the fear of the coronavirus, has received permission to disembark its guests after 20 samples taken onboard tested negative.
15 FEBRUARY 2020
Egypt reports first case
France reports first COVID-19 death
US to airlift Americans on board Diamond Princess; India making efforts
19 FEBRUARY 2020
Italy outbreak begins
Passengers on Diamond Princess disembark
Passengers who have tested negative started disembarking from the cruise ship after a 14-day quarantine period.
21 FEBRUARY 2020
Diamond Princess update
The flight carrying around 200 Canadian citizens has taken off from Tokyo airport. After landing in Ontario, Canada, the passengers will undergo additional 14 days of quarantine.
24 FEBRUARY 2020
Iraq confirmed its first coronavirus COVID-19 case in Najaf city.
25 FEBRUARY 2020
Algeria reports first case; second African country with confirmed cases. Kuwait, Bahrain confirm first cases
Iran’s neighbours close borders
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey and Afghanistan imposed travel and immigration restrictions on Iran, which was the first to report deaths in the Middle East region.
Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Armenia also closed their borders with Iran.
Jamaica and the Cayman Islands denied entry to Meraviglia cruise ship as it carried a sick crew member who travelled to countries with confirmed coronavirus cases.
26 FEBRUARY 2020
Greece, Pakistan, Norway, Georgia, North Macedonia, Romania reports first case
Diamond Princess cases rise to 705
27 FEBRUARY 2020
UN to provide sanction exceptions to N Korea
Northern Ireland The Netherlands, San Marino, Estonia, Denmark report first cases
Australia says pandemic inevitable
US confirms first case of unknown source
India evacuates citizens on Diamond Princess and Wuhan
28 FEBRUARY 2020
– WHO has raised global coronavirus outbreak risk to ‘Very High’
NZ confirms first case; temporarily bans Iran travel
Nigeria reports first case
Fifth Diamond Princess passenger dies. Another passenger from the Diamond Princess cruise ship has died due to coronavirus. The patient was a Japanese woman in her 70s who tested positive on 6 February and confirmed to have pneumonia on 12 February.
29 FEBRUARY 2020
US reports first death on American soil.
Italy places all 60 residents on lockdown.
01 MARCH 2020
The US reports second death
Australia and Thailand report first deaths
02 MARCH 2020
Cruise ship faces protests in Reunion Island
The Sun Princess cruise ship, owned by Princess Cruises, faced violent protests when it docked at Reunion Island over COVID-19 fears.
03 MARCH 2020
WHO states COVID-19 mortality rate increased to 3.4%
Portugal, Canada and Qatar report rise in cases
Two more people have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total to four.
Canada has confirmed three more cases in British Columbia, bringing the country’s total tally to 33.
Qatar has announced that the total cases has increased to eight, including the one new case confirmed.
Spain confirms first death
US deaths increase to nine
The death toll in the US has increased to nine, with additional deaths reported in the state of Washington.
All the deaths so far have been reported from Washington; eight from King County and one in Snohomish County. The total cases in Washington stand at 27.
Total cases in the US stand at 124.
05 MARCH 2020
Japan says Diamond Princess cases 696
Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess is being held off the California coast due to fears that passengers and crew members developed coronavirus (COVID-19).
06 MARCH 2020
21 people on Grand Princess ship test positive
21 people aboard Grand Princess ship, which was denied entry at San Francisco Bay, have tested positive.
Out of 46 people, 19 crew members and two passengers were found to have contracted the virus.
The ship will be taken to a non-commercial port and all passengers will be tested.
First school closed in Australia after student tests positive
Australia closed its first school – Epping Boys High School – in Sydney after a 16-year-old student tested positive.
The pupil is believed to be a case of local transmission.
The total number of confirmed cases in the country stands at 60, including deaths of two elderly people.
08 MARCH 2020
WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic
US cases near 550; Grand Princess quarantine
The number of cases in the US have neared 550, including 22 deaths.
According to health officials, Grand Princess cruise will be allowed to dock at a terminal near Oakland, where passengers will disembark. The passengers will be sent for quarantine elsewhere in California.
US Army restricted travel to and from Italy and South Korea.
09 MARCH 2020
First death reported in Canada
British Columbia in Canada has reported its first death, a man in his 80s who is reported to have other health issues.
Five more cases were also reported in British Columbia, taking the province’s cases to 32. Total cases in Canada stand at 77.
Canada to repatriate citizens onboard Grand Princess
Canada has arranged a flight to repatriate its citizens onboard the Grand Princess cruise ship.
The passengers will be taken from San Francisco to the Canadian forces Base Trenton in Ontario and put under quarantine.
Wuhan closes 11 makeshift hospitals
Wuhan has closed 11 of 14 makeshift hospitals as the number of new infections decline, reported state broadcaster CCTV.
10 MARCH 2020
Spain ramps up measures to prevent spread
Spain has closed schools in some parts of the country and stopped all flights arriving from Italy to ‘avoid Italian scenario’.
The total cases in Spain stand at 1,695 with 35 deaths so far.
Couple on Grand Princess sues cruise line
A couple from Florida, US quarantined on the Grand Princess filed a lawsuit against the company Princess Cruises.
The lawsuit stated ‘lackadaisical approach to the safety of the plaintiffs, its passengers and cre
11 MARCH 2020
President Trump bans all travel from 26 European countries.
The US has restricted travel from Europe for 30 days in an effort to control the rapid spread of coronavirus.
President Donald Trump said that the restriction, which will come into effect on midnight Friday, does not apply to Britain.
The country has 1,322 confirmed cases and 38 deaths so far.
A US national emergency is declared over the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Italy tightens lockdown
Italy has tightened its nationwide lockdown to include shutting of bars, hairdressers and restaurants.
The number of cases on the country have raised to 12,462 and death toll increased to 827.
UK Health Minister tests positive; sixth death reported
12 MARCH 2020
Scotland, Trinidad & Tobago confirms first case
Chinese medical adviser Zhong Nanshan says coronavirus outbreak could be over by June if countries take firm measures.
Canadian Prime Minister’s wife tests positive
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife tested positive for coronavirus after returning from London.
Trudeau has no symptoms but will be in isolation for two weeks as a precaution. The number of cases in Canada reached 142, including one death.
Actor Tom Hanks and wife test positive
13 MARCH 2020
First cases in Guinea, Sudan, Mauritania
Canada boosts measures
Canada boosted measures to fight the outbreak, including emergency measures such as half-point interest rate cut.
Ottawa asked citizens to avoid non-essential foreign travel.
The total cases in the country neared 200, including one death.
A leaked US federal plan warns the new coronavirus pandemic will last “18 months or longer” and may come in “multiple waves” of infections.
Boeing official said that more than 50% of flights have been cancelled in Asia Pacific over coronavirus fears.
14 MARCH 2020
Uzbekistan, Rwanda, Seychelles, Congo Republic and Central African Republic report first cases.
Denmark has reported its first death due to COVID-19 and has closed its borders for foreign travellers for one month.
Europe now epicentre of outbreak, says WHO
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asked everyone entering the country from midnight Sunday to self-isolate for 14 days. All cruise ships will also be denied entry until 30 June.
Australia bans public events
15 MARCH 2020
Equatorial Guinea confirms first case
Slovenia, Hungary, Bahrain report first deaths
First case in Delhi, India recovers
Australia imposes self-quarantine for people arriving from abroad
16 MARCH 2020
Liberia, Tanzania, Somalia, Benin confirm first cases
First death in Portugal, Dominican Republic, Bahrain
Cases and death tolls continue to rise in Europe.
Braemar cruise ship to dock in Cuba
New Zealand has banned gatherings of 500 people or more
China boosts quarantine for international arrivals
Canada imposed tougher screening measures for visitors as the number of cases in the country increase to approximately 320.
17 MARCH 2020
Gambia, Barbados, Montenegro and Montserrat report first cases
Brazil, Malaysia confirm first deaths
Italy reports 475 COVID-19 deaths the highest single-day death toll for any country since the outbreak began.
EU to close external borders
Spain deploys troops to help in lockdown
Nearly all US states declare a state of emergency
Australia declares human biosecurity emergency
18 MARCH 2020
Kyrgyzstan, Djibouti, Zambia register first cases
Moldova, Pakistan confirm first death
Portugal declares emergency
Study says initial infections on Diamond Princess came from food worker
19 MARCH 2020
Croatia, Mexico, Russia, register first deaths
Chad, Mauritius reports first cases
20 MARCH 2020
Cape Verde, Madagascar confirm first case
21 MARCH 2020
First death in Singapore, Israel
Papua New Guinea confirms first case
US vice president’s staff member tests positive
According to the CDC, the US has 15,268 cases and 201 deaths.
China’s Wuhan reports no new cases
By MARCH 19, 2020
Italy repots the two highest single-day death tolls for any country: 626 on March 20 and 793 on March 21 surpassing the number of deaths in China
About 1 in 3 Americans are under lockdown as 12 states issue stay-at-home orders.
Cases and deaths around the world are increasing.
22 MARCH 2020
New York City confirms 21,000 cases making it the biggest epicentre of the outbreak in the US.
23 MARCH 2020
Globally authorities report more than 375,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with about 258,000 being active and ongoing cases, roughly 101,000 recoveries and 16,370 deaths.
24 MARCH 2020
Entire India under lockdown for 21 days from midnight of 24 MARCH, says PM Modi
UK Government announces closure of non-essential businesses, pubs, cafes and bars.
University of Queensland (UQ) receives more funding for Covid-19 vaccine
The regional government of Queensland and the federal Australian Government have pledged a total of $13m to University of Queensland (UQ) to support the development of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate.
UQ’s Covid-19 vaccine was one of the first three candidates to receive funding from the Norwegian non-profit Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) in January. This partnership was extended to include California-based Dynavax Technologies in March.
The coronavirus pandemic has compelled the Olympics, which was scheduled to begin from 24 July and end on 9 August this year, to be postponed for the first time in its 124-year modern history.