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Timeline of COVID-19 outbreak

Timeline of COVID-19 outbreak

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Below you will find a detailed timeline of news related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Where possible, dates according scientific findings are prioritized because we have noticed conflicting or incorrect timelines elsewhere.
  • Global recession is looming 8 April, 2020


    There are 1,438,112 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 82,328 deaths globally. The US has added 33,354 new cases from yesterday bringing the total cases to 401,169. The death toll in the US is 12,882 fatalities so far. Many areas in the country may be reopened at the end of this month if Americans stick with the social distancing measures. The US S&P has jumped up 7% to close higher on Tuesday and stock markets in other regions have also followed the same trend. However, many people fear a global recession is looming.

    France and Germany take the top 4th and 5th place for countries with the most coronavirus cases, respectively. France has 110,065 cases and 10,328 deaths whereas Germany reports 107,663 cases and only 2,017 fatalities so far. Some forecasters have warned that both countries are likely to fall into deep recessions.

    Australia has exceeded 6,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and reports a total of 50 deaths after registering 4 more deaths in the past 24 hours. As the Easter weekend is approaching, the authority has indicated that car number plates will be scanned this weekend on main highways and caravan parks to warn people to stay at home and obey the lockdown rules.

    China lifts its 76-day lockdown on Wuhan. The country registers a rise of only 65 cases and 2 new deaths from yesterday. The US, Spain, Italy, France and Germany have more confirmed cases than China.

  • Prime minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care 7 April, 2020


    There are over 1.3 million confirmed cases and more than 75,000 deaths due to COVID-19 worldwide. The UK has been hit with 52,072 cases so far and among the victims is the prime minister Boris Johnson, who has been moved to intensive care. He has been given oxygen to aid his recovery. The American president, French president and Canadian prime minister have all send well wishes for Boris to recover soon. Meanwhile, the country has an uncertain future on its leadership.

    India reports a total of 4,858 confirmed cases and 136 deaths. It is worrying that a major private hospital in Mumbai has been overwhelmed after 26 nurses and 3 doctors have tested positive. The day before, the country has closed its railways for the first time in 167 years and turned old train carriages into isolation wards.

    Australia reports a rise of 98 new cases, bringing the total cases to 5,895 people. The death toll has jumped by 9 fatalities, bringing the country total to 46 deaths. It appears that the quarantine, isolation and social distancing measures may have worked to flatten the curve according to a modelling study. However, the prime minister Scott Morrison advises people to stay at home during Easter to avoid further rise of cases.

    Germany reports a rise of 3,252 cases in the past 24 hours. The country registers a total of 1,810 deaths. Panic buying continues in the country and supermarket shelves are empty prompting the transport minister Andreas Scheuer to recommend lifting ban on deliveries to enable restocking.

  • UK prime minister hospitalized 6 April, 2020


    There are 1,278,049 COVID-19 cases and 69,726 deaths globally. The UK has almost 50,000 confirmed cases and among them is the prime minister Boris Johnson, who has been hospitalized after testing positive 10 days ago. The hospital where he was admitted was not disclosed and was not considered as an emergency. President Trump has expressed his concerns saying, “All Americans are praying for him”. So far, there have been 4,948 deaths in the UK.

    The US reports 337,135 confirmed cases and 9,623 fatalities from the coronavirus. US Surgeon-General Jerome Adams said, “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment …”. The death toll is already 3 times more from the COVID-19 than the 9/11 attacks. Meanwhile, in one of the worst affected states, a 4-year-old Malayan tiger has tested positive for the virus at the Bronx Zoo in New York. The US administration continues to be criticized for failing to act early despite knowing hospitals in Wuhan were overwhelmed in mid-January.

    Australia deaths from the coronavirus has shot up to 40 fatalities. Despite under hard border closure, Western Australia reports its fourth death from an 84-year-old man who were onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship. Altogether, the country registers 5750 confirmed cases.

    Italy only reports 525 new cases in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest number in the past 2 weeks. It is possible that the worst is over for the country if the peak for cases has been reached.

    Japan is preparing to declare state of emergency as the confirmed cases jumped to over 4500. The country reports 85 deaths from the virus so far.

  • Deadliest day in the UK 5 April, 2020


    There are over 1.2 million confirmed cases and 65,422 deaths worldwide. The UK has recorded its deadliest single day after adding 708 new deaths, including a 5-year-old child. A tower in Birmingham owned by BT, a telecoms company, was damaged in an arson attack, which was likely triggered by conspiracy theories linking 5G telecommunication with the new coronavirus.

    In the US, more than 300,000 people have now tested positive and the death toll has climbed to 8,813 people. President Trump has warned Americans, ‘there's going to be a lot of death’. The New York city has more than 25% of the US coronavirus deaths.

    Spain reports a rise of 6,969 cases and 749 new deaths in the past 24 hours. This means the daily rise of deaths has slowed and there is hope that the country is over the peak of death rates.

    Sudan has reported its first coronavirus case from a 50-year-old man.

    The UK has 34,294 cases and 2,929 deaths. The country has its biggest single-day rise in deaths from the virus today after adding 569 fatalities. The prime minister Boris Johnson is still in isolation after contracting the coronavirus.

    Rise of new cases in Australia has slowed. The country has only added 207 cases overnight, bringing the total to 5,315 cases and there have been 24 deaths so far.

  • A Mumbai’s slum reports its first death 4 April, 2020


    There are 1,102,680 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 59,326 deaths globally. The US registers an increase of 1,169 deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, which is a world record. The US fatalities from the infection is more than half the number of deaths in Italy, which is still the world record holder for the most deaths.

    The US attorney general William Barr has given order to release inmates from prisons that have been hardest hit by the disease. At least four inmates have died from the infection in Louisiana.

    A slum in Mumbai city, India, has reported its first coronavirus death. Social distancing and tracing of cases are virtually impossible in slums such as this one. Kimberly McClean, a doctor based in Mumbai has warned that the first death in the slum is only the tip of the iceberg. India reports only 3,082 cases and 86 deaths so far.

    China reports 4 more deaths and has added 18 more coronavirus cases. The country observed a 3 minutes silence to honour the ~3,300 people who have died from the infection. However, the true number of deaths is likely a few magnitudes higher.

    Australia has recorded its 30th death from COVID-19 after an 80-year-old man from the Australian Capital Territory has died. Despite hard borders closure, Western Australia has recorded a rise of 14 cases. The country has 5,529 confirmed cases so far.

  • The UK has 34,294 cases and 2,929 deaths. The country has its biggest single-day rise in deaths from the virus today after adding 569 fatalities. The prime minister Boris Johnson is still in isolation after contracting the coronavirus.

    Rise of new cases in Australia has slowed. The country has only added 207 cases overnight, bringing the total to 5,315 cases and there have been 24 deaths so far.

  • Over 1 million COVID-19 cases 3 April, 2020


    Since the first report of pneumonia-like cases of unknown origin in China end of December last year, it only took about 3 months for the world to record over a million confirmed coronavirus cases. There are 1,017,631 cases and 53,204 deaths from the virus worldwide.

    Almost a quarter of all cases or a quarter of a million cases came from the US. The country also recorded 6072 deaths after adding 948 fatalities overnight. The US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a bipartisan committee will be established to oversee the spending of the largest rescue package of $US 2.3 trillion. President Trump criticised the Democrats for such time-wasting partisan investigations amid a pandemic.

    A county in China is back under lockdown after coronavirus cases rise again. The Jia county of about 600,000 people have been placed under sudden lockdown as fears are mounting on the possibility of a second wave of infections in China.

    The Chinese only reports 81,662 cases and 3,322 deaths whereas the US now has triple of China’s cases and almost double of China’s deaths statistics. The Chinese population is about 1.4 billion whereas the US population size is about 330 million. The Chinese were unaware of the outbreak initially as they were the first to discover it, but the Americans knew the virus was coming.

    The Chinese coronavirus statistics make no sense and they might as well pick a number from the air and indeed, the US intelligence community has concluded that China is lying about its coronavirus cases and deaths. The massive number of urns outside funeral homes in Hubei province is highly suspicious and there is no way the official statistics from China is real.

    Will the Chinese officials ever apologise to those who have died and not acknowledged? Where is their conscience? Senator Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican said, “The Chinese Communist Party has lied, is lying, and will continue to lie about coronavirus to protect the regime.” It is a major concern that the Chinese government is unlikely to be the only one lying about the number as Iran, Russia, Indonesia and North Korea are also suspects.

    The UK has 34,294 cases and 2,929 deaths. The country has its biggest single-day rise in deaths from the virus today after adding 569 fatalities. The prime minister Boris Johnson is still in isolation after contracting the coronavirus.

    Rise of new cases in Australia has slowed. The country has only added 207 cases overnight, bringing the total to 5,315 cases and there have been 24 deaths so far.

  • The US surpasses 5,000 fatalities 2 April, 2020


    There are 939,132 coronavirus cases globally and at the rate cases are growing daily, we could see 1 million confirmed COVID-19 infections tomorrow. There are 47,304 deaths from the virus and almost 200,000 recovery cases. This means based on these current statistics, approximately 1 in 5 infected people have recovered while 1 in 20 infected people have died.

    The US still leads the world in having the most cases after adding 27,034 cases overnight, bringing the total cases to 216,359 people. The US reports a dramatic rise of 1,053 deaths, bringing the total deaths to 5,124 people. New York, which is one of the states that are hotspots for coronavirus, is desperate for help. Dead bodies have been loaded onto refrigerated morgue trucks using gurney and forklift.

    The Philippines has 2,311 confirmed cases and 96 deaths. President Rodrigo Duterte has warned its citizens to not cause trouble and said, “… my orders to the police and the military, if anyone creates trouble, and their lives are in danger: shoot them dead.”

    The European Union (EU) is under threat from the pandemic, which is a challenge different from the eurozone bailouts, migration crisis and Brexit, given the unpredictable transmission of the virus. Six European countries (Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Turkey) are in the top 10 list of countries with the most coronavirus cases. Enrico Letta, ex-prime minister of Italy, said, “The communitarian spirit of Europe is weaker today than 10 years ago…”

    Despite under lockdown and the country is located in a remote region, New Zealand has recorded its biggest daily rise of 89 cases. This brings the total cases to 797 and 1 deaths. The sudden rise in cases shows that the country has not flattened the curve of infection yet.

    Australia reports 5,108 cases after adding 276 new cases from yesterday. The country has recorded 3 more deaths, bringing the total deaths from coronavirus to 23 people. Australia is now able to perform 1,000 tests per 100,000 people. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government will provide free childcare support.

  • US death toll surpasses China 1 April, 2020


    There are over 860,000 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide and the US has more than 20% of all recorded cases. The current global death toll stands at 42,400 fatalities. The US has just surpassed the China’s official deaths from the COVID-19. President Trump warned Americans to brace for the next two weeks and 240,000 people in the country could die from the pandemic. The US stock market has nosedived as can be seen from the Dow Jones Industrial Average worst first quarter finish of its 135-year history.

    Italy is the world record holder for country with the most fatalities from the coronavirus. It has almost a third of all deaths in the world. Italy has over 100,000 cases among its 60 million people in the population. The country called for a minute of silence to mark the deaths of over 10,000 people. This is the worst fatalities for the country since the WWII. The Italian’s economy is set for a deep recession.

    The confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain has almost reached 100,000 people after adding 7,967 new cases in the past 24 hours. The death toll of 8,464 fatalities in Spain is the second highest in the world after Italy. The poor, the elderly and the marginalized people in the country are the worst affected by the crisis.

    Australia has almost reached 5,000 COVID-19 cases and reports a total of 21 deaths so far. Australian universities will pardon students who have failed due to the current pandemic, but they will still be charged fees. In South Australia, there has been a rise of cases in part due to some Qantas airline’s baggage handlers tested positive.

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