Timeline of COVID-19 outbreak
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.
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Wuhan lab denied speculation 24 May, 2020
There are over 5.3 million COVID-19 cases and 342,754 deaths from the coronavirus globally. The US registers 1,633,449 cases and more than 97,400 deaths from the virus.
It is expected that in the next few days the US will cross the 100,000 deaths mark. To pay tribute to the victims, the New York Times put the names of the deceased on the front page of its Sunday edition.
Alex Potter, a nurse who has served in the Middle East and treated those wounded in Iraq warzone, said “… (the novel coronavirus) is very insidious and it's not something we can see.” She said it is more stressful combating this pandemic than treating those wounded in the warzone.
Wang Yanyi, director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, had an interview with CGTN claiming that none of the bat coronavirus strains that she and her colleagues worked is matching the COVID-19. The closest strain was about 80% match at the genetic level. She said speculation on the virus originates from her institute is pure fabrication.
US unemployment claims have tripled in less than two months.
Annika Linde, a former epidemiologist in Sweden said the country should have entered into a lockdown. She said, “If we had shut down very early ... we would have been able, during that time, to make sure that we had what was necessary to protect the vulnerable, …” Sweden had experienced a very high death rate per capita recently and so far has 33,188 confirmed cases and 3992 deaths.
Pressure to conduct a pandemic review 23 May, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 5.2 million COVID-19 cases and 339,104 deaths from the virus. The US registers about 1.61 million coronavirus cases and 96,326 deaths so far.
Protesters in the US who are against anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine, and anti-5G have brought COVID-19 back to their communities according to tracing of anonymous SIM-card location.
The US is putting pressure to the WHO and China to begin the virus pandemic review soon. Admiral Brett Giroir, an assistant secretary in the US Department of Health and Human Services, wrote to the UN, “This review will ensure we have a complete and transparent understanding of the source, timeline of events, and decision-making process for the WHO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic …”
There are mounting fears that Japan may become the next Italy or New York. Japan has very crowded cities, an aging population, and a coronavirus outbreak on a cruise ship. Despite all these factors, Japan seems to be have coped very well so far. Japan registers 16,518 cases and 799 deaths from the virus.
US military flyovers near China 22 May, 2020
There are over 5.1 million COVID-19 cases and 333,940 deaths from the virus globally. The US registers 1,588,383 cases and 95,066 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US Navy and Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) has been engaging in training to demonstrate the capability of the Air Force to deal with uncertain security environment. Military flyovers can be seen above waters near China.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “For several decades, we thought the regime (China) would become more like us - through trade, scientific exchanges, diplomatic outreach, letting them in the World Trade Organization as a developing nation. That didn't happen …”
All states in the US have now been partially lifted from the coronavirus lockdown. President Trump is condemning China for its mass killings.
The US government has already secured about a third of the funding needed to obtain the first 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca.
All over the world, governments are scrambling to get their economies back and need to secure vaccines when they are available. Meanwhile Trump made news by not wearing a mask during a visit to Ford.
India reports its biggest daily rise since the outbreak in the country. It reports over 6000 new cases, bringing the total infected people to 118,501. The death toll is 3585 in India so far.
About 1 in 6 people have already been infected with COVID-19 in the UK according to a study based on testing antibodies. The UK ranked number five for countries with the most coronavirus cases. The country reports 253,032 cases and 36,151 deaths from the coronavirus.
Brazil is in the top 3 21 May, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 5 million COVID-19 cases and 93,563 deaths from the virus. The US registers a rise of 21,173 cases from yesterday, bringing the total cases to 1,560,168 people. The US death toll is 93,563 fatalities.
Dr Anthony Fauci who spoke against President Trump lifting the coronavirus lockdowns is absent from national television for the past 2 weeks. The White House approves the re-opening of its economy.
Some refugees have been flown to the US for resettlement despite having spent years in Australia’s offshore processing regime.
Brazil has overtaken Spain for the number 3 spot of countries with the most coronavirus cases. The country registers a massive rise of almost 20,000 daily cases, bringing its total cases to 293,357 people and a total of 18,894 fatalities. Russia is ranked second for the countries with the most cases, but its death toll is only 3099 fatalities or 6 times less than Brazil.
Australia is calling for a global inquiry into the pandemic and China has imposed 80% tariff on Australian barley and some red meat imports. US secretary of state Mike Pompeois defending Australia on this move and called the Chinese regime as brutal and against free nations. Australia reports 7079 cases and 100 deaths from the virus so far.
Badge of honor for having the most cases 20 May, 2020
There are almost 5 million COVID-19 cases and 324,244 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US registers 1,538,995 cases and 92,196 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump considers the high number of cases an indication of the US leading the world in performing testings. He said, “I view it as a badge of honour. Really, it’s a badge of honor …”
The rising coronavirus cases in Brazil is a concern to Trump and he is considering a travel ban from the country. Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro is planning on using chloroquine as a possible solution to the crisis his country is facing despite the fact the drug is not proven to work.
Tough days ahead for UK Rolls-Royce factories as the company plans to cut 9000 jobs. Concerns over rising inflation has evaporated as the UK reports inflation is now at only 0.8% (CPI, year-on-year from April). Energy prices such as gas has fallen by 3.5%. The UK registers 250,924 cases and 35,449 deaths from the virus.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres praises Africa for the way they have handled the pandemic much better than predictions. He said, “… most African governments and organisations took in time very brave prevention measures which provide a lesson for some developed nations that did not …” Africa reports 91,413 cases and 2907 deaths from the coronavirus so far.
Trump to pull funding from the WHO 19 May, 2020
There are 4,886,473 COVID-19 cases and 319,575 deaths from the virus globally. The US reports over 1.5 million cases and 90,726 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump will withdraw funding the WHO unless it can prove its independence from China. Trump said the WHO chose not to share information on possible human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus reported by Taiwan to the rest of the world. The WHO has also praised China for its effort at combating the infectious disease but were against Trump’s advice for closing its borders to the Chinese.
According to the think tank, NIESR, the take home pay in the UK is projected to fall in the coming months. Already, a large number of employees have been furloughed. The country reports 248,495 cases and 34,903 deaths from the virus, which is a death toll higher than Italy.
Coronavirus cases have jumped dramatically in Brazil and the country now has higher daily cases than Russia or Spain. In fact, it ranks number four for countries with the most COVID-19 cases. President Jair Bolsonaro said the economic cost is unbearable and the country must reopen soon. Brazil registers 255,368 cases and 16,856 deaths from the virus.
Trump is hitting back on Obama 18 May, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with almost 4.8 million COVID-19 cases and 315,878 deaths from the virus. The US registers almost 1.5 million cases and 89,708 from the coronavirus.
President Trump is hitting back on Barack Obama’s criticism and said he was elected because of his predecessor's corrupted administration. Trump said both Joe Biden and Barack Obama should be jailed for their involvement in Michael Flynn’s case.
The US Federal Reserve, Jerome H. Powell, said the US economy may not recover until at least the end of 2021.
The Aboriginal communities in the Queensland state in Australia is deprived of rapid testing for the new coronavirus. Aboriginal health organisations are criticising this move by the Queensland government. Australia reports 7045 cases and 98 deaths from the virus so far.
India will extend its lockdown for at least another two weeks. Mumbai, New Delhi, and Chennai are struggling with a rising infection curve. All domestic and international flights in India are disallowed until at least 31st May. India reports 96,169 cases and 3029 deaths from the virus.
‘Mark of the beast’ movement 17 May, 2020
There are over 4.7 million COVID-19 cases and 312,379 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports over 1.47 million cases and 88,851 deaths from the coronavirus.
Barack Obama is criticising the way the Trump’s administration is handling the pandemic. He said a disproportionate number of people in black communities have suffered the impact of the disease burden more than others.
A pastor in Louisiana, Ronnie Hampton, have died from COVID-19 infection. Prior to his death, he warned the vaccine is the ‘mark of the beast’. He said, “They’re gonna come up with a vaccine and … everybody is gonna have to take it … and inside of that vaccine there’s going to be some type of electronic computer device that’s gonna put some type of chip in you and maybe even have some mood, mind-altering circumstances…”
He is not the only religious leader in the US speaking out on this matter as other evangelical Christians have also claimed that any vaccine is the ‘mark of the beast’, which is a sign of submission to antichrist.
The pandemic has pushed the well-known department store, JC Penney, into bankruptcy.
Second wave in US rural communities 16 May, 2020
There are over 4.6 million COVID-19 cases and 308,122 deaths globally. The US reports 1,454,429 cases and 87,574 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump informs that the infection curve is flattening but a second wave is on the rise in rural communities with poorer healthcare system. The White House has restricted the appearance of US top physicians on national TV to better control communication on the coronavirus.
The US House of Representatives have passed a $US 3 trillion bill to aid its falling economy. Since April, the number of tests for the coronavirus per day has doubled in the US.
Australia has performed more than a million coronavirus tests for its population about 23 million individuals, according to deputy chief medical officer, Michael Kidd. Australia reports 7019 cases and 98 deaths from the virus so far.
Vietnam lifts its lockdown and suffers no deaths 15 May, 2020
There are over 4.5 million COVID-19 cases and over 300,000 deaths from the virus globally. The US reports 1,428,092 cases and 85,908 deaths from the coronavirus.
The news of a US restaurant issuing COVID-19 surcharge to a customer has gone viral online. The owner of a restaurant in Missouri said, “We are doing this hoping we can adjust the surcharge weekly rather than just raise all of our prices on our menu due to increase prices from our supplier on meat, …”. Prices of meat have shot up at least by 8% in the US.
In Wisconsin, some people who tested positive for the coronavirus had attended a large gathering to protest against lockdown. President Trump will be delighted to know that Wisconsin is now re-opened after a court ruling.
Vietnam has literally lifted all coronavirus restrictions and allows non-essential businesses, including pubs, cinemas and markets in its popular Hoan Kiem District to re-open. People are scheduling domestic flights and hotels have re-opened. The country registers no coronavirus deaths and has only 312 confirmed cases so far.
Pastoralists in Kenya continue to suffer from one of the worst locust infestations in its country history. Farmers are unable to feed their families due to livestock deaths and crops destroyed by the locusts. The coronavirus restrictions have prevented and delayed aids to the country. Kenya registers 758 confirmed cases and 42 deaths from the virus.
Coronavirus researchers targeted by Chinese hackers 14 May, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 4.4 million COVID-19 cases and almost 300,000 deaths from the virus. The US reports 1,401,352 cases and 84,212 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump is surprised by Dr Anthony Fauci’s warning especially when it comes to re-opening schools. Trump said, “… not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools,”. Dr Fauci warned that students going back to the campus in the fall will likely not have vaccine available to them if they get infected.
FBI and US Department of Homeland Security warn institutions and companies working on vaccines and treatment against COVID-19 to be vigilant and guard their data against hackers linked to the Chinese government. Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, has denied his government stealing any data related to the virus.
The US stock markets have plunged deeply e.g. the Dow Jones Industrial Average records its worst day since the ‘Black Monday’ crash in 1987.
Bill Gates expresses his regrets for warning against a pandemic threat years ago but found that it has not led to a coordinated global response. He said this ‘once a century pathogen’ will cost the US trillions of dollars. The WHO warns that COVID-19 may never go away and predicts a global mental health crisis due to the outbreak.
Dire consequences if the US ends lockdown now 13 May, 2020
There are over 4.3 million COVID-19 cases and 292,130 deaths due to the virus worldwide. In the US, there are 1,379,903 cases and 82,316 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump is not listening to his own infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, who has warned of dire consequences if America re-opens its economy too soon. Other health officials have also testified alongside Fauci before the Senate, warning on the danger of lifting lockdown too soon.
Meanwhile, Democrat Joe Biden is ahead of Trump according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. Perhaps the high death toll has made Trump less popular among voters. Senator Kaine, another Democrat, has pointed out that COVID-19 death rate per capita is higher in the US than in India, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Mexico.
In Victoria, Australia, Cedar Meats abattoir is being investigated for a coronavirus cluster outbreak. Australia reports 6964 cases and 97 deaths from the virus so far.
Russia records a rise of more than 10,000 new cases, which makes the country one of the global hotspots for cases and now ranked number 3 for countries with the most cases. However, the official mortality rate is much lower in Russia when compared to its neighbouring nations. The country has 232,243 cases and 2116 deaths from the coronavirus.
Trump Death Clock 12 May, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 4.2 million COVID-19 cases and 286,582 deaths from the virus. The US reports more than 1.35 million coronavirus cases and 80,683 deaths.
The New York’s Times Square put up a billboard title ‘Trump Death Clock’ to count deaths that could have been avoided if President Trump had acted sooner.
Trump has clashed with an Asian American reporter by responding with, “Don’t ask me. Ask China”, when asked on why he is keen to show how great America is when it comes to testing coronavirus cases. He was annoyed after responding to the question and abruptly left the briefing. In California, Elon Musk has defied shutdown order by reopening Tesla factory.
The lockdown is perhaps good news to bulls forced to fight in Spain. Ranchers have prepared fighting bulls but just as the bullfighting season was about to kick off, lockdown was imposed. Spain reports 268,143 cases and 26,744 deaths from the virus so far.
Footage of dead bodies next to COVID-19 patients in Mumbai exposed how the healthcare system has been compromised in some parts of India. The Dean of Mumbai’s Sion hospital was demoted after the video was released. India reports 70,827 cases and 2294 deaths from the coronavirus.
Up to 130,000 fatalities predicted for the US 11 May, 2020
There are 4,159,513 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 282,898 deaths worldwide. In the US, there are ~1.3 million coronavirus cases and 79,410 deaths.
A third person, Dr Anthony Fauci, from the White House coronavirus task force is self-isolating due to suspected infection of the virus. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is projecting the US death toll to be over 130,000 fatalities due to increased mobility of the citizens.
Fears are mounting on the possibility of a new wave of infections in Shulan city, China, which is near the border with Russia. Shulan has now been reclassified as high-risk due to coronavirus outbreak that shows no trail yet. China reports 82,918 cases and 4633 deaths from the virus.
The Covidsafe app in Australia has reached 5.5 million users and is fully operational and working. It will soon be tested for its function at tracing infections. Australia reports 6941 cases and 97 deaths from the virus so far.
Protesters arrested due to anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine and anti-5G 10 May, 2020
There are over 4 million COVID-19 cases and 279,739 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports over 1.3 million cases and 78,968 deaths due to the coronavirus.
Three children in the US have died from unusual inflammatory syndrome that is possibly linked to COVID-19. The rare inflammatory syndrome shows similar symptoms to Kawasaki disease and at least 73 children have been diagnosed with such symptoms in New York.Protesters arrested due to anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine and anti-5G 10 May, 2020
There are over 4 million COVID-19 cases and 279,739 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US reports over 1.3 million cases and 78,968 deaths due to the coronavirus.
Three children in the US have died from unusual inflammatory syndrome that is possibly linked to COVID-19. The rare inflammatory syndrome shows similar symptoms to Kawasaki disease and at least 73 children have been diagnosed with such symptoms in New York.
The US has pulled out from an agreement on a draft United Nations Security Council resolution, which is meant to combat the coronavirus pandemic, due to ongoing issues with China.
Melbournians have staged coronavirus anti-lockdown protest and at least 10 protesters have been arrested. The protest is also against 5G and vaccines. There are 6929 confirmed cases and 97 deaths from the virus so far.
In India, security forces have clashed with civilians who went out despite lockdown. Police have fired tear gas at residents who threw stones against them. Drones and fire engines have been used to spray disinfectant over the city of Ahmedabad. India reports 62,939 cases and 2109 deaths from the coronavirus.
China and Russia accused for spreading conspiracies 9 May, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with 3,996,661 COVID-19 cases and 277,603 deaths. The US reports almost 1.3 million cases and 77,661 deaths from the virus.
According to a poll done by the Pew Research Center, about two-thirds of Americans are concerned that their states have reopened too quickly.
The US now has more reasons to believe the Chinese and Russians are working together to disseminate false narratives on the pandemic. State Department's Global Engagement Center, Lea Gabrielle, said “… with this pandemic the cooperation (between Russia and China) has accelerated rapidly …”. The US has honoured Chinese whistle-blower by rechristen a street in front of China’s embassy to ‘Li Wenliang Plaza.’
Mother’s Day is approaching but deputy chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, has urged the public to not cuddle their mothers because elderly mums should probably keep the 1.5m social distancing. The premier, Steven Marshall, in South Australia has said that it is safe for people in the state to travel and the state is “one of the safest places in the world at the moment”. There are 6,929 cases and 97 deaths from the virus in Australia.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is predicting a 3% drop in the global economy for the year 2020. The IMF warns China and the US not to engage in trade war as this could further weakened economic recovery.
Death toll to reach 190,000 in Africa 8 May, 2020
There are almost 4 million COVID-19 cases and 270,234 deaths globally. The US reports 1,267,318 cases and 75,975 deaths from the virus.
While there is a coronavirus taskforce set up by the White House to recommend guidelines, they have been ignored by President Trump who is pushing to re-open states in the country. If a lesson could be learned from Sweden that practiced a less strict lockdown approach, its country death rate is higher than the US.
It is a scary time ahead for Americans to endure the likely rise in death rate as states are re-opened. Meanwhile, about 20% of people in the workforce have already lost their jobs in the past 7 weeks.
The WHO has warned that the potential death toll in Africa could rise to 190,000 people, eclipsing the current total fatalities in the US. The pandemic may linger in the African continent for several years. So far, there are over 54,000 cases and 2073 deaths in Africa.
States in Australia will undergo further coronavirus restrictions easing. Already in Tasmania, premier Peter Gutwein has eased some restrictions such as up to 20 people are now allowed to gather at a funeral, one visit per week is permitted for age care visit and opening of National Parks. The country has 6819 cases and 97 deaths.
China is challenging evidence virus originates from Wuhan lab 7 May, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 3.8 million COVID-19 cases and 264,611 deaths. The US reports 1,239,126 cases and 73,863 deaths from the coronavirus.
Both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claim substantial evidence of the virus originating from the Wuhan lab. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying is challenging this narrative by saying, “Enormous evidence? Then show us.”
Despite still having 5 digits daily rate of new infections, Trump is adamant to re-open the nation, which is a decision against what many health experts have advised.
The UK economy could plunge 14% and unemployment is about to hit 9% due to COVID-19 according to the Bank of England. The country reports 202,759 cases and 30,166 deaths. The UK death toll is higher than Spain and Italy.
New Zealand will soon allow gatherings limited to 100 people. This is their so-called Alert Level 2. The country has 1489 cases and 21 deaths from the virus so far.
Trump prepares to wind down coronavirus taskforce 6 May, 2020
There are over 3.7 million COVID-19 cases and 257,891 deaths worldwide. The US has 1,213,857 cases and 71,321 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump prepares to wind down its coronavirus taskforce even though many experts predict the worst has yet to come. He said some people could be badly affected by re-opening the country, but he said this option is better as prolonged shutdown has its own costs too such as increased drug use and suicide. He has been revising his predictions on coronavirus deaths and cases quite dramatically in recent months.
UK construction reports a sharp plunge, which is the worst on record. The country has 196,647 cases and is now in the top 4 for countries with the most cases. UK reports a rise of 693 deaths, bringing the death toll to 29,518 fatalities.
The cluster in Newmarch nursing home is expected to have more coronavirus cases. Domestic and family violence have surged in Queensland, Australia. The country reports 6875 cases and 97 deaths so far.
China mocks the US using legos video 5 May, 2020
There are over 3.6 million COVID-19 cases and 252,055 deaths from the virus so far. The US has 1,189,763 cases and 69,069 deaths from the virus. President Trump earlier prediction of 100,000 deaths within the US may be way off the mark according to a leaked document from his own administration. He said, “We're going to lose anywhere from 75, 80, to 100,000 people …”. Trump has also said that the US is working together with UK and Australia to develop a vaccine.
Trump’s administration has growing animosity towards China. In response, the Chinese media, Xinhua News has released a video made of legos to mock the US and it has been viewed by millions of people.
An agreement for trans-Tasman “travel bubble” has been reached between Prime ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern. In Australia, the 16th death linked to Newmarch nursing home has been reported. Australia and New Zealand reports 6849 and 1487 cases, respectively.
Lesotho is the only one out of 54 African nations that has not formally reported any case of the coronavirus. The death toll in Africa is 1843 and there are 47,118 confirmed cases.
Vaccine and a report on China 4 May, 2020
There are almost 3.6 million COVID-19 cases and 248,122 deaths from the virus so far. The US reports a total of 1,165,821 cases and 67,962 deaths. President Trump believes there could be a vaccine by end of the year.
He also said that a conclusive report will be revealed on exactly what happened in China during the outbreak. He said, “Personally, I think they made a horrible mistake, and they didn’t want to admit it.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also said that there is substantial evidence that the virus originates from the Wuhan lab. He said, “The best experts so far seem to think it was man-made. I have no reason to disbelieve that at this point …”
UK defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said that the 2m-rule could be dropped in coronavirus restrictions easing. This will allow people to go back to work and able to collaborate more effectively. UK has 188,250 cases and 28,536 deaths from the virus so far.
As the coronavirus infection curves have flattened in both New Zealand and Australia, the leaders of both countries are discussing how to ease restrictions including the possibility of a “travel bubble” between the two countries. New Zealand and Australia have 1487 and 6823 cases, respectively.
Buffet said nothing can stop the US 3 May, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 3.4 million COVID-19 cases and 244,390 deaths from the virus. The US continues to report five digits daily rise of infections, bringing the total to 1,138,499 cases. The US economy is battered by the pandemic but billionaire investor Warren Buffet said, "I remain convinced … that nothing can basically stop America.". He said that after his company Berkshire has lost $US49.75 billion.
Prime minister Boris Johnson said doctors had prepared on how to announce his death just in case he could not make it. He said, “They had a strategy to deal with a ‘death of Stalin’-type scenario …”. Almost 20% of children in UK households have to endure hunger amid the lockdown. The UK has 183,909 cases and 28,221 deaths due to the coronavirus.
Australia may soon allow face-to-face activities at its universities. At the moment, most students learn online and academic staff have to adjust to using teleconferencing videos to teach. Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said children are not high risk transmitters. Australia reports 6783 cases and 93 deaths from the virus so far.
Restrictions lifted in some US states 2 May, 2020
There are 3,385,244 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 239,275 deaths from the virus worldwide. In the US, there are over 1.1. million cases and the death toll has surpassed 65, 000. Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in some states in the US such as Texas and Georgia. However, New York, one of the hardest hit states will continue business closures and restrictions. Interstate flights within the US were not restricted during the pandemic. President Trump hopes the death toll in the US will be below 100,000.
Singapore will also begin to ease coronavirus restrictions after the second infection wave has slowed down. Certain businesses can reopen after 12th May and schools will start to reopen from 19th May. The country has 17,101 cases and 16 deaths.
In NSW, one of Australian states, high risk patients will be given COVID-19 test results within the hour instead of the usual 1-2 days timeframe. The state only has five new cases today. Australia registers 6781 cases and 93 deaths from the virus so far.
Trump hints he saw evidence COVID-19 is linked to Wuhan lab 1 May, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 3.3 million COVID-19 cases and 233,648 deaths globally. The US is the worst affected country based on official statistics as it has 1,074,453 cases and 62,955 deaths. The death toll in the US is more than the top two worst affected countries in Europe combined, which are Spain and Italy.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said the testing for coronavirus in the US is far from satisfactory because it can take 3 to 4 days before people know the outcome of their tests. He added that the delay is far too long as infections could spread to others during the waiting period for test results.
Meanwhile, protesters, some are armed with assault rifles, have entered the capitol building of Michigan to demand lifting lockdown restrictions.
President Trump hints that he has seen evidence of the outbreak linked to Wuhan lab but currently he is unable to disclose any detail. The US officials have also been planning retaliatory action against China over COVID-19 but did reveal specific detail. It might involve the cancellation of some debt owed to China according to one source. A Chinese media, Xinhua News is fighting back against the US by releasing a propaganda video denying any wrongdoings from China and the US government should blame on its own inaction.
The Irish budget airline, Ryanair, is planning to let go 3000 jobs and cut staff pay by up to 20% as its business struggles to remain viable due to the pandemic. Ireland reports a total of 20,612 cases and 1232 deaths from the virus so far.
Australians will know more about coronavirus restrictions easing on May 8. The Prime Minister Scott Morrison did not reveal specific detail of the easing but said the more Australians download the COVIDSafe App, the earlier restrictions can be lifted. South Australia records nine consecutive days without new coronavirus cases. Australia has 6767 cases and 93 deaths from the virus so far.
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There are over 5.6 million COVID-19 cases and 350,360 deaths from the virus worldwide. The US registers 1,706,226 cases and 99,805 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump spent most of Memorial Day weekend playing golf. Trump tweeted “… I played golf over the weekend. The Fake & Totally Corrupt News makes it sound like a mortal sin …”
The pandemic is driving the world towards a cashless world. Fears that the coronavirus could spread from banknotes have led to the US Fed quarantining bills coming from Asia before recirculation. Other central banks in the world have been sterilising banknotes.
The WHO warns that countries that show a decline in coronavirus cases may experience a second wave of infection especially if restrictions are lifted too soon. Large crowds in areas such as Daytona Beach, Florida, during the Memorial Day weekend is a worrying sign.
Two schools in Sydney, Moriah college and Waverley college, are closed after a student from each tested positive for COVID-19. The students have only just returned back to schools for a day. Australia reports 7118 cases and 102 deaths from the virus so far.
The world is struggling to cope with over 5.5 million COVID-19 cases and 347,239 deaths from the virus. The US registers 1,686,436 million cases and 99,300 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning people to be careful on starved rodents that are likely aggressive. The closing of many restaurants cut the food supplies that these rodents rely on, which in turn has increased cannibalism among them. Some jurisdictions in the US have already reported increased rodent activity.
The White House applies travel ban to foreigners who have been to Brazil in response to the rising cases from this country. Brazil now holds the second spot for countries with the most coronavirus cases. Brazil reports 365,213 cases and 22,746 deaths from the virus.
China is warning Australia not to get involved by siding the US in the ongoing tension between the US and China. The Global Times used the term ‘a new Cold War’ to describe the possibility of President Trump in engaging China on a hostile front. Australia reports 7109 cases and 102 deaths from the virus so far.
Spain has eased lockdown restrictions and some parts of the country is in Phase 1 whereas others are in Phase 2, which is more relaxed. Spain ranks number 4 for countries with the most coronavirus cases and it has 282,582 cases and 28,752 deaths from the virus.
Video. The US COVID-19 Memorial Day weekend.