Evaluation of Cases – Global
|31 December 2019 – 5 January 2020||On December 31, 2019, the Chines government alerted the WHO to several cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people. It was spreading fast in the community. The virus was unknown.
On January 1st 2020, Huanan Seafood Wholesale market was shot down due to Several of those infected worked here. As health authorities worked to identify the virus amid growing alarm, the number of infections rose to 44. The authorities were investigating 27 cases of infections after rumours on social media suggesting the outbreak could be linked to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
On January 5, Chinese officials ruled out the possibility that this was a recurrence of the SARS virus - an illness that originated in China and killed more than 770 people worldwide in 2002-2003.
|6 January 2020 - 12 January 2020||According to the WHO, the chines officials announced that they had identified a new virus on January 7th. The novel virus was named SARS-CoV-2 and was identified as belonging to the coronavirus family, which includes SARS and the common cold.
Soon after identifying the virus, China announced its first death, a 61 years old man who had purchased goods from the seafood market. Treatment did not improve his symptoms after he was admitted to hospital and he died of heart failure on January 9. The announcement came out on January 11th.
|13 January 2020 – 19 January 2020||Soon after the death of a 61 years old man, the WHO reported on January 13th a new case in Thailand, the first outside of China, that a woman who had arrived from Wuhan.
The Chines officials reported the second death from Wuhan on January 17th.
The health authorities in the US announced that three airports would start screening passengers arriving from the city. The authorities in the US, Nepal, France, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan confirmed cases over the following days of the pandemic.
|20 January 2020 – 26 January 2020||With the wide spreading of the virus, On January 20, China reported a third death and more than 200 infections, with cases also reported outside Hubei province including in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
The cities of Wuhan, Xiantao and Chibi in Hubei province were placed under effective quarantine on January 23 as air and rail departures were suspended. By the end of the week, more areas were placed under lockdown affecting a total of 56 million people. Meanwhile, a Chinese expert on infectious diseases confirmed human-to-human transmission to state broadcaster CCTV, raising fears of a major outbreak as millions travelled for the Lunar New Year holiday. The WHO said that the outbreak did not yet constitute a public emergency of international concern and there was "no evidence" of the virus spreading between humans outside of China.
|27 January 2020 – 02 February 2020||The WHO declared the coronavirus a global emergency on January 30th as the death toll in China jumped to 170, with 7,711 cases reported in the country, where the virus had spread to all 31 provinces.
By the end of the week, China reported 304 deaths amid 14,380 infections. Within a few days, new cases were confirmed in India, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, the US, the UAE and Vietnam.
On February 2, the Philippines reported the first death outside China, the victim being a Chinese man from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province where the new coronavirus was detected in late 2019.
|03 February 2020 – 09 February 2020||Authorities in Malaysia reported on February 6th the country's first known human-to-human transmission while the number of people infected in Europe reached 30.
On February 7th, Li Wenliang, a doctor who was among the first to sound the alarm over the coronavirus in China, died after infected by coronavirus went viral on the social media network while Hong Kong introduced prison sentences for anyone breaching quarantine rules.
On February 9, the death toll in China surpassed that of the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, with 811 deaths recorded and 37,198 infections. With new cases unfolding an investigative team led by experts from the WHO departed for China.
|10 February 2020 – 16 February 2020||February 10th, China had 908 confirmed deaths and a total of 40,171 infections. This prompted President Xi Jinping to appear in public for the first time since the outbreak began. He was visiting a hospital in the capital, Beijing, and urging confidence in the battle against the virus. Five days later, on February 3rd, doing a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping, published by state media, indicated the government knew about the threat of the virus well before the public alarm was raised.
On February 11th, the WHO announced that the disease caused by new coronavirus would be called "COVID-19". The new coronavirus itself was dubbed SARS-CoV-2.
On February 13th, Japan confirmed its first death linked to the virus. Egypt became the first country in Africa on February 14th, to report a case and France reported Europe's first death from the virus.
On February 16th, Taiwan reported its first death.
|17 February 2020 – 23 February 2020||After confirming the first cases of the coronavirus, Iran reported two deaths from the virus on February 19th.
On 20th South Korea reported its first death of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, China said the death toll had risen to 2,118 while the total number of cases reached 74,576. The country's health commission reported daily infections dropped to the lowest in almost a month, a result of authorities only counting cases confirmed by genetic testing in Hubei.
Israel confirmed their first case a woman returning from a cruise ship tested positive on February 21st.
In Italy, officials confirmed the third death on February 23rd, while local authorities brought the Venice Carnival to an early close and suspended sports events.
|24 February 2020 – 1 March 2020||Starting from February 24th this week marked the confirmation of first cases in countries across the world, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Norway, Romania, Greece, Georgia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Macedonia, Brazil, Estonia, Denmark, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands, Lithuania and Wales. Iran Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi confirmed that he had infected with coronavirus after giving a press briefing on February 25th that the outbreak of the virus claimed 15 lives and reached 95 cases. As the number of infections passed 82,000 worldwide on February 27th, with alarming death tall riced up to 2,800.|
|2 March 2020 – 8 March 2020||Reaching the Middle East on March 5th, Saudi Arabia announced its first coronavirus case.
On 8th, Saudi authorities locked down the eastern Qatif region and announced the suspension of all schools and universities across the country until further notice.
China's Health Commission reported 99 new cases on March 7th, down from 143 cases the day before, with a total of 80,651 cases nationwide. Official data showed the country's exports plunging 17.2 per cent in the first two months of the year after the outbreak brought much of the country to a halt. In a wide-ranging move, Italy imposed a strict quarantine in the state of Lombardy and 14 other areas in the north, affecting a total of 16 million people.
|9 March 2020 – 15 March 2020||On March 9th, Iran released said some 70,000 prisoners had been released because of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, without specifying if or when those freed would need to return to jail.
On March 10th, Lebanon and Morocco reported their first deaths from the virus after two months of the first case reported. In a long-anticipated move, the WHO on March 11th declared on the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, while Turkey, Ivory Coast, Honduras, Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Panama, and Mongolia confirmed their first cases. In Qatar, infections jumped drastically from 24 to 262 in a single day.
On March 15th, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, and Austria tightened restrictions in a bid to contain the pandemic.
|16 March 2020 – 22 March 2020||On March 18th, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared, for the first time ever, a "human biosecurity emergency" in the country. On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, Chile and Guatemala shut down their borders hoping strict measures would curb the spread of the virus.
But in rare positive news, no new domestic cases were reported in China for the first time since the start of the outbreak.
On March 20th, coronavirus-related deaths surged past 10,000 globally. More cases were reported in Turkey and Pakistan, while Iran registered a total of 14,991 infections and 853 deaths.
On March 21st, as Europe remained the epicentre of the pandemic, with Italy reporting 4,825 fatalities amid 53,578 cases, the EU took the unprecedented step to suspend rules on public deficits, giving countries free rein to inject spending into the economy as needed.
With the rising of new coronavirus cases, on March 22nd Palestinian officials in the besieged Gaza Strip announced the first two coronavirus cases.
|23 March 2020 – 29 March 2020||As the number of cases worldwide surpassed 600,000, with more than 27,000 deaths on March 27th, India and South Africa joined the countries to impose lockdowns. Kenya, Kazakhstan and Honduras reported their first deaths, while Mr Johnson, UK Prime Minister announced he had tested positive.
In Europe, Spain recorded 838 new coronavirus deaths over the previous 24 hours on March 29th, marking the country's highest daily jump in fatalities. The country was now second only to Italy where the death toll shot past 10,000 with 889 new deaths. By the end of the week, the US accounted for the highest number of coronavirus infections in the world, recording more than 124,000 cases and 2,000 deaths, more than double the figure two days before.
|30 March 2020 – 5 April 2020||US surpassed the death toll of China on March 31st where the new coronavirus was detected late last year. By the end of the week, the US reported more than 4,000 amid more than 300,000 cases. On April 1st, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the coronavirus pandemic presents the world with its "worst crisis" since World War II as the global total of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached one million and the worldwide death toll topped 50,000.|
|6 April 2020 – 12 April 2020||World Health Organization (WHO) warned governments in the Middle East that they must act quickly to limit the spread of the coronavirus as cases in the region have risen to nearly 60,000 - almost double the tally of a week earlier. On April 5th, Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East, reported a total death toll of 3,603 amid 58,226 cases. However, President Hassan Rouhani said that "low-risk" economic activities would resume from April 11.
On April 6th, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved into intensive care as his condition worsened after being hospitalised in London with persistent COVID-19 symptoms. He was released from intensive care on April 9th and was discharged from hospital on April 12th. On April 7th, Japan declared a state of emergency amid a spike in coronavirus cases, while Singapore began a partial lockdown.
On April 8th, Wuhan began allowing people to leave for the first time since the central Chinese city was sealed off 76 days ago to contain the coronavirus that first emerged their late last year. In Singapore, the use of Zoom for online education was suspended after hackers hijacked a lesson and showed obscene images to students.
The UK announced its worst single-day death toll on April 10th, with a further 980 people who had contracted coronavirus losing their lives in the 24 hours before Thursday evening. The US recorded on April 11th a total death toll of 20,071, surpassing Italy's toll of 19,468. Cases in the US topped 519,000.
|13 April 2020 – 19 April 2020||On April 14th, both India and France extended a nationwide lockdown, until May 3rd and May 11th, respectively. On the same day, Taiwan reported no new cases for the first time in more than a month. Meanwhile, as known infections worldwide surpassed two million on April 15th, the International Monetary Fund said the global economy was expected to shrink by three percent this year - the biggest contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Turkey surpassed Iran for the most infections in the Middle East on April 19th, as cases there rose to 86,306.|
|20 April 2020 – 26 April 2020||Starting April 21st, report by the UN World Food Programme warned that the number of people facing acute food insecurity could double, jumping to 265 million, because of the disruptions caused by the pandemic, including border closures. The pandemic is expected to drive carbon dioxide emissions down by six percent this year, the head of the World Meteorological Organization said on April 22nd, in what would be the biggest yearly drop since World War II.
The confirmed number of coronavirus-related deaths worldwide on April 25th reached another grim milestone by exceeding the 200,000 threshold. On the same day, the WHO warned against countries issuing so-called "immunity passports" to those who have recovered from COVID-19, saying there was no scientific evidence to prove that these people develop immunity against potential infection in the future. On April 26th, the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the global coronavirus pandemic began, said it had no remaining cases of the infection in its hospitals, with all patients treated for COVID-19 discharged.
|27 April 2020 – 03 May 2020||The number of US cases surpassed on April 28th one million, a third of global infections, while the death toll exceeded 57,000. On May 3rd, Afghanistan's health ministry raised the alarm over the spread of the new coronavirus after a small study with random tests in Kabul suggested that about a third of the capital's residents could be infected.|
|04 May 2020 – 10 May 2020||On May 5th, the United Kingdom recorded the highest official COVID-19 death toll in Europe, with more than 30,000 people dead. The WHO warned on May 8th, that 83,000 to 190,000 people in Africa could be killed by the coronavirus disease in the first year and infect between 29 million and 44 million during that period if it is not contained. On May 10th, both China and South Korea reported new spikes in coronavirus cases, with Seoul recording 34 new cases - its biggest single-day jump in about a month.|
|11 May 2020 – 17 May 2020||Officials confirmed on May 15th the first coronavirus infection of a Rohingya refugee in the sprawling camps in southern Bangladesh. On May 16th, India's coronavirus cases surpassed China's with the health ministry reporting 85,940 infections and 2,752 deaths. The worst-hit Indian states are Maharashtra with 29,100 cases, Tamil Nadu 10,108, Gujarat 9,931 and New Delhi 8,895. India extended a nearly two-month-old stringent lockdown by another two weeks.|
|18 May 2020 – 24 May 2020||The number of coronavirus cases worldwide reached the five million mark on May 21st, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. The United States, Russia and Brazil stood as the countries with the highest number of infections. Chinese authorities registered on May 23rd zero new infections of coronavirus for the first time since they began reporting data in January. About 80 million infants could be at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases such as diphtheria, measles, and polio due to disruption of routine immunisation caused by the pandemic, UN agencies have warned. Meanwhile, Russia recorded its highest death toll since the pandemic began, with 153 news deaths bringing the total to 3,541 among 344,481 cases.|
|25 May 2020 – 31 May 2020||The world reached a grim milestone on May 26th as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases passed the 5.5 million mark. On May 27th, the United States became the first country to reach a six-figure death toll, as the number of people killed from the coronavirus surpassed 100,000. On the same day, Spain began a 10-day official mourning period in memory of the more than 27,000 people who lost their lives to the virus in the country. On May 31st, Latin America's death toll surged past the 50,000 mark and cases neared one million, with countries such as Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Peru struggling to stem the tide.|
|01 June 2020 – 07 June 2020||Starting June first week, Africa's coronavirus cases surpassed 150,000 as more than 4,300 deaths were confirmed across the continent. On 4th June, Russia's total number of infections across the country surged past the 440,000 mark, with the death toll also continuing to mount. India South Asia’s largest country, recorded another record single-day spike in cases with more than 9,800 infections, taking the country's toll to 226,770. The total number of deaths surpassed 6,000.
On June 6th, the World Health Organization (WHO) changed its position on face masks and encouraged people to wear them in crowded places. End of June first week the global death toll from the coronavirus surged past 400,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. About 30 percent of those cases, or two million infections, were in the US.
|08 June 2020 – 14 June 2020||On June 8th, data from Johns Hopkins University showed that more than seven million people were confirmed to have the coronavirus with at least 406,900 dying from the disease. Meanwhile, New Zealand's Ministry of Health said the country no longer had any active cases of coronavirus. The number of US cases on June 11th surpassed two million, while the death toll exceeded 110,000. Meanwhile, vaccine developer Moderna announced plans to trial its vaccine on 30,000 people in July. Beijing on June 12th reported its first instance of local transmission in weeks - a 52-year-old man who said he had not left the Chinese capital for more than two weeks and had not been in contact with anyone from outside the city.|
|15 June 2020 – 21 June 2020||China moved to mass testing on June 15th in the capital, Beijing, after a spike in cases connected to a major wholesale food market. On June 16th, in what scientists and the WHO hailed as a "breakthrough", a cheap and widely used steroid dexamethasone became the first drug found to dramatically reduce the risk of dying from COVID-19. But again the WHO announced that testing of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in its large multi-country trial of treatments for COVID-19 patients had been halted after new data and studies showed no benefit.
Two South Asia countries, India and Pakistan saw the deadliest day of the pandemic on June 17th, with more than 2,000 deaths in India and 140 in Pakistan. On June 18th, Indonesia reported 1,331 new coronavirus infections, its biggest daily increase since the outbreak started locally, taking its total number of cases to 42,762. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the 150,000 new cases recorded on June 18th was the highest number reported in a single day, as the global pandemic accelerated.
Worldwide, at least 8.85 million people were confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus, more than 4.3 million have recovered, and more than 465,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
|22 June 2020 – 28 June 2020||UNESCO said the pandemic has only exacerbated conditions that has left nearly 260 million children excluded from school in 2018, and urged governments to do more to help the most disadvantaged. Saudi Arabia announced on June 24th that it will limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the Hajj to around 1,000 after barring Muslims abroad from the rite for the first year in modern times. On the same day, Germany ordered two new lockdowns for the entire districts of Warendorf and Guetersloh after a coronavirus outbreak at a slaughterhouse infected more than 1,500 workers.
On 25th June, the number of coronavirus cases in the Gulf region surpassed 400,000. Meanwhile across the US, hospitalisations and caseloads have reached new highs in more than half a dozen states, with newly confirmed cases nationwide back near their peak level of two months ago. WHO head Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the pandemic was getting worse globally, with the number of infections expected to reach 10 million next weeks. On 28th July, the death toll from the new coronavirus neared 500,000 people, while the number of cases worldwide exceeded 10 million.
|29 June 2020 – 5 July 2020||In Pakistan, the number of coronavirus cases passed the 200,000 mark after 3,602 new infections were reported on 29th June. Propelled by Victoria state reporting 75 cases, Australia recorded 85 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, its biggest daily outbreak since 11th April. According to the Johns Hopkins University information provided on 30th July, more than 10.3 million people around the world had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, more than 5.2 million had recovered, and more than 505,000 had died. On July 3rd, India reported a single-day record for new COVID-19 cases with more than 20,903 infections, taking the country's toll to 625,000. The total number of deaths surpassed 18,000. On July 4th, Brazil passed 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, as cities reopened bars, restaurants and gyms sparking fears infections will keep rising.
|6 July 2020 – 12 July 2020||Reaching up to new hike on July 6th, India overtook Russia with the world's third-highest number of novel coronavirus cases, at nearly 700,000. On July 7th, lockdown measures were re-imposed in Australia's second biggest city, confining Melbourne residents to their homes unless undertaking essential business for six weeks. The United States
on July 8th officially notified the UN Secretary-General of the country's withdrawal from the WHO even as it grapples with nearly three million cases of coronavirus. Meanwhile on July 10th in northern Syria, the first coronavirus case has been confirmed. The WHO on July 11th reported a record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours.
|13 July 2020 – 19 July 2020||Starting of the week The United States on July 13th has added more than 56,000 new coronavirus cases, including at least 15,000 in the state of Florida, pushing the nationwide total to 3.3 million cases, with more than 135,000 deaths. On July 14th, the WHO has warned the pandemic could get far worse if countries around the world do not follow basic healthcare precautions. Meanwhile Hong Kong is set to impose its toughest restricting measures after authorities warned the risk of a large-scale outbreak was extremely high. On July 15th, researchers in the US said that the first vaccine tested in the country had worked to boost patients' immune systems and is set for final testing. This is as the number of cases nationwide rose by 65,682 for a total of 3.45 million.|
|20 July 2020 – 26 July 2020||The Oxford University announced on July 20th said their experimental coronavirus vaccine prompted a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot. The vaccine called AZD1222 is one of 150 in development globally, but is considered the most advanced. After relaxing the lockdown in mid-April, Iran, the Middle East's worst-hit country, reported a new single-day record death toll of 229 from the coronavirus on July 21st. Russia, the fourth worst-hit country in the world, surpassed 800,000 coronavirus infections on July 24th. North Korea's state media reported that leader Kim Jong Un has placed the city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea under total lockdown over coronavirus concerns, and declared a state of emergency to contain a potential outbreak from July 26th.|