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May 1

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 3,323,935 around the world 
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 234,471
  • South Africa ends one of the world’s strictest lockdown.
  • Malaysia will allow businesses to reopen on Monday.

Global hots spots coronavirus May 1
Nations with at least 1,000 newly confirmed cases in the last 24 hours

April 30

  • A cluster of coronavirus cases has been reported in Yemen.
  • Restrictions eased in Sri Lanka and the country saw a jump in new cases. As a result, Sri Lanka has reimposed a 24-hour lockdown.
  • Japan plans to extend its state of emergency for at least another month.
  • Britain will surpass Italy for the highest death count in Europe at some point today.
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Nations with at least 1,000 newly confirmed cases in the last 24 hours

April 29

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 3,149,108 around the world 
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 218,385
  • Japanese Prime Minister Abe warned that holding the Olympics in 2021 (originally scheduled for 2020) will be impossible unless the pandemic is contained.
  • New data from antibody tests confirms (again) that the coronavirus is much more lethal than the flu.
  • China has scheduled large political meetings for the end of May in an effort to prove the virus is contained.

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April 28

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 3,080,101 around the world 
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 212,265
  • Oxford researchers believe they have made a breakthrough and suggest a vaccine could be ready by September.
  • Afghanistan freed thousands of more prisoners as fears of the coronavirus spread.
  • New Zealand’s month-long lockdown ended.
  • WHO announced they are putting greater emphasis on their supplies to Latin America as confirmed cases their rise.
  • The UN warned that lockdowns are being used as an excuse for police brutality.

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April 27

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 3,008,176 around the world 
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 207,361
  • Iran plans to begin reopening mosques.
  • Italy’s Prime Minister said the country will begin to gradually reopen on May 4.
  • British Prime Minister returned to work after recovering from the coronavirus.
  • New Zealand to lift its lockdown and the Prime Minister says the virus has been eliminated there.
  • Lebanese protesters violate lockdown orders and block roads in the nation’s cities to protest the collapsing economy.
  • China said that Wuhan no longer has any coronavirus patients in the hospital.

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April 24

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 2,744,606 around the world 
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 191,790
  • Pakistan plans to loosen its lockdown very soon.
  • The Czech Republic is beginning to ease restrictions on travel.
  • New confirmed cases increase y 40% in Africa.
  • WHO reports that cyber attacks against the organization have increased fivefold.
  • Nursing homes linked to as much as half of the deaths by the coronavirus in Europe.

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April 23

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 2,654,164 around the world 
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 185,061
  • China says they will give millions more to the WHO after the US put a hold on its funding.
  • A Brazilian city in the Amazon is digging mass graves to bury victims of the coronavirus.

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April 22

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 2,573,747 around the world 
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 178,564
  • Another cruise ship, this one docked in Japan, has over 30 people testing positive for the virus.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
    1. USA 819,175
    2. Spain 208,389
    3. Italy 183,957
    4. France 158,050
    5. Germany 148,587
  • Top 5 death counts by nation:
    1. USA 45,343
    2. Italy 24,648
    3. Spain 21,717
    4. France 20,796
    5. UK 17,337

April 21

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 2,497,178 around the world 
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 171,244
  • Russia breaks 50,000 confirmed cases.
  • Italy’s government said their country will begin to ease restrictions on May 4.

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April 20

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 2,421,018 around the world 
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 165,890
  • Europe surpassed 1 million confirmed cases over the weekend.
  • Chile to issue immunity cards to people who have recovered from the virus.
  • China warned its citizens in Russia to stay there as the country feared a new outbreak.
  • Australia called for a global investigation into the growth and spread of the coronavirus. Australia says the investigation should take place independently of the WHO.

April 17

    • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 2,196,569 around the world 
    • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 147,508
    • China revised its death toll up by 50% to 4,632. China gave many reasons for the revision. Meanwhile, China’s GDP shrank for the first time in decades.
    • Confirmed cases reported within the Philippines prison system.
    • Japan extended state of emergency to include all 47 prefectures.
    • Britain will extend its lockdown at least three more weeks.
    • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
      1. USA 678,210
      2. Spain 184,948
      3. Italy 168,941
      4. France 165,027
      5. Germany 138,221
    • Top 5 death counts by nation:
      1. USA 34,641
      2. Italy 22,170
      3. Spain 19,315
      4. France 17,920
      5. UK 13,729

April 16

    • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 2,094,839 around the world 
    • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 135,569
    • British Health Secretary said it was too early for the country to exit lockdown.
    • Germany plans to slowly reopen essential businesses next week.
    • Singapore reported its highest new case count in a single day.
    • The European Commission President issued an apology for the failed response to Italy.
    • French Defense Ministry says over 660 sailors are infected with the virus aboard a French aircraft carrier.
    • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
      1. USA 644,348
      2. Spain 182,816
      3. Italy 165,155
      4. France 147,863
      5. Germany 134,753
    • Top 5 death counts by nation:
      1. USA 28,554
      2. Italy 21,645
      3. Spain 19,130
      4. France 17,167
      5. UK 12,868

April 15

    • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 2,014,006 around the world 
    • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 127,594
    • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 491,824
    • South Korea to hold elections today after rejecting calls to postpone the election due to coronavirus transmission concerns were rejected.
    • Domestic violence reports soar in Turkey.
    • Some European governments begin to pull back on pandemic rules. Children in Denmark returned to school.
    • Guatemala claimed 50-70% of deportees from the US to Guatemala tested positive for COVID-19.

April 14

    • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 1,934,754 around the world 
    • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 120,438
    • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 456,766
    • India extended the world’s largest national lockdown to May 3.
    • France extended their national lockdown to May 11.
    • President Trump announced a temporary cut in funding to the World Health Organization.
    • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
      1. USA 195,655
      2. Spain 172,541
      3. Italy 159,516
      4. France 136,779
      5. Germany 130,072
    • Top 5 death counts by nation:
      1. USA 23,644
      2. Italy 20,465
      3. Spain 18,056
      4. France 14,967
      5. UK 11,329

April 13

    • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 1,862,254 around the world – a growth of nearly 100,000 cases over yesterday
    • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 114,980
    • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 431,666
    • China reported its highest number of newly confirmed cases in 6 weeks.
    • Italy reported its smallest number of deaths and new cases since March 18.
    • Russia reports its largest daily increase in confirmed cases.
    • The Japanese island of Hokkaido lifted its stay at home order and says they are now facing a crisis of a “second wave” of infections from the coronavirus.
    • Oil-producing nations agree to cut output by 10% in the face of a supply surplus. The pandemic’s effect on decreased demand is only one of the reasons that contributed to the surplus.

April 12

    • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 1,796,429 around the world
    • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 110,030
    • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 412,102
    • Prime Minister Boris Johnson released from the hospital for his recovery from the virus.
    • Japan recorded its fifth straight day of record jumps in confirmed cases.
    • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
      1. USA 533,470
      2. Spain 166,019
      3. Italy 152,271
      4. France 129,654
      5. Germany 125,452
    • Top 5 death counts by nation:
      1. USA 20,595
      2. Italy 19,468
      3. Spain 16,972
      4. France 13,832
      5. UK 9,875

April 10

    • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 1,615,587 around the world
    • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 96,794
    • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 362,572
    • Yemen reported its first confirmed coronavirus.
    • Global deaths will pass 100,000 today. Many note that this number is inaccurate. In the US, the CDC only counts coronavirus deaths where the virus was confirmed in a laboratory.
    • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
      1. USA 468,895
      2. Spain 146,690
      3. Italy 143,626
      4. Germany 118,235
      5. France 117,749
    • Top 5 death counts by nation:
      1. Italy 18,279
      2. USA 16,697
      3. Spain 15,843
      4. France 12,210
      5. UK 7,978

April 9

    • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 1,529,401 around the world
    • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 89,416
    • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 337,164
    • The head of the World Health Organization warned that politicizing the pandemic will result in more body bags.
    • Saudi Arabia declared a cease-fire to its 5-year war in Yemen due to COVID-19 concerns.
    • Botswana’s entire government is quarantined.
    • China confirmed 63 new cases of the coronavirus.
    • A new scientific study warns that summer heat may not slow the spread of the virus.

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April 8

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 1,446,981 around the world
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 83,090
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 308,653
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the second night in intensive care following a worsening of his condition with COVID-19.
  • China officially ended the lockdown in Wuhan, 11 weeks after the virus first emerged there.
  • Dozens of sailors aboard French aircraft carriers are now showing symptoms of the coronavirus.
  • Western Australia plans to purchase ankle bracelets for quarantine violators.
  • A leading scientist resigned in protest from the EU effort to fight the coronavirus.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
    1. USA 400,549
    2. Spain 146,690
    3. Italy 135,586
    4. France 109,069
    5. Germany 107,663
  • Top 5 death counts by nation:
    1. Italy 17,127
    2. Spain 14,555
    3. USA 12,857
    4. France 10,328
    5. UK 6,159

April 6

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 1,284,738 around the world
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 70,320
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 271,731
  • Japan declares a state of emergency.
  • New infections in South Korea dropped below 50 for the first time since February.
  • UN Secretary-General warned of a global spike in domestic violence.
  • Greece locked down a second refugee camp where the virus was detected.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
    1. USA 336,851
    2. Spain 135,032
    3. Italy 128,948
    4. Germany 100,132
    5. France 92,839
  • Top 5 death counts by nation:
    1. Italy 15,887
    2. Spain 13,055
    3. USA 9,620
    4. France 8,078
    5. UK 4,934

April 4

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 1,134,399 around the world
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 60,427
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 236,086
  • China is no longer among the top 5 nations for confirmed reports or deaths.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
    1. USA 277,607
    2. Spain 124,736
    3. Italy 119,827
    4. Germany 91,589
    5. France 82,165
  • Top 5 death counts by nation:
    1. Italy 14,681
    2. Spain 11,744
    3. USA 7,406
    4. France 6,507
    5. UK 3,605

April 3

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 1,026,739 around the world
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 54,045
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 218,586
  • Singapore ordered schools and nonessential businesses closed.
  • Peru and Panama have now assigned days when people can leave their homes that are based on gender.
  • Brazil reported the first COVID19 case among the indigenous population in the Amazon.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
    1. USA 245,380
    2. Spain 117,710
    3. Italy 115,242
    4. Germany 84,794
    5. China 81,620
  • Top 5 death counts by nation:
    1. Italy 13,915
    2. Spain 10,935
    3. USA 6,095
    4. France 5,387
    5. China 3,322

April 2

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 950,639 around the world
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 48,289.
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 202,631.
  • 600,000 People were placed on lockdown in Henan China after new confirmed cases were reported. Chinese authorities are concerned that victory of the coronavirus may have been declared too soon.
  • The death count in Spain surpassed 10,000.
  • Germany nears surpassing China in confirmed cases.
  • The Philippine ambassador to Lebanon died to the virus.
  • Ecuador has reported more infections than nearly any other country in Latin America. Morgues are reported as full and bodies are now being left in the streets.
  • Israel’s health ministered tested positive for the virus.
  • A refugee camp in Greece was quarantined after 20 people tested positive for the virus.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
    1. USA 215,344
    2. Italy 110,574
    3. Spain 110,238
    4. China 81,589
    5. Germany 78,115
  • Top 5 death counts by nation:
    1. Italy 13,155
    2. Spain 10,003
    3. USA 5,112
    4. France 4,032
    5. China 3,318
  • China will fall out of the top 5 in deaths and confirmed cases in the next could of days as Iran and Germany surpass China in each of these areas.

April 1

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 872,977 around the world
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 43,275.
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 184,575.
  • The US and France surpass China in total confirmed deaths from the virus.
  • Spain joined the US and Italy in surpassing the 100,000 mark for infections.
  • The Secretary-General of the United Nations said the pandemic is the most serious crisis facing the world since World War II.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
    1. USA 188,639
    2. Italy 105,792
    3. Spain 102,136
    4. China 81,554
    5. Germany 72,383
  • Top 5 death counts by nation:
    1. Italy 12,428
    2. Spain 9,053
    3. USA 4,059 
    4. France 3,523
    5. China 3,312

March 31

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 799,741 around the world (more than 60,000 increase in one day)
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 38,721.
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 169,995.
  • Spain reported nearly 900 new deaths, marking the worst 24 hour period for the country since the pandemic started.
  • Saudi Arabia quarantined select neighborhoods in Mecca.
  • Ethiopia postponed the country’s elections.
  • Vietnam ordered lockdown and banned gatherings of more than two.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
    1. USA 164,359 (an increase of 20,000+ from this time yesterday)
    2. Italy 101,739
    3. Spain 94,417
    4. China 81,518
    5. Germany 67,051
  • Top 5 death counts by nation:
    1. Italy 11,591
    2. Spain 8,189
    3. China 3,305
    4. USA 3,173 (new to the top 5)
    5. France 3,024

March 30

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 735,145 around the world (nearly 50,000 increase in one day)
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 34,807.
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 156,137.
  • China moved into fourth place with confirmed cases reported in the world as now the US, Italy, and Spain have surpassed China. Meanwhile, the leader of Spain’s coronavirus task force tested positive.
  • Syria reported its first coronavirus death.
  • Iran reported 3,000 new COVID-19 cases while unrest was reported among frightened prisoners in Iran’s vast prison system.
  • South Korea warned they are seeing many new cases around Seoul.
  • Australia announced it would subsidize pay for the private sector in an effort to hold off unemployment surges.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
    1. USA 142,746
    2. Italy 97,689
    3. Spain 85,195
    4. China 81,470
    5. Germany 62,435
  • Top 5 death counts by nation:
    1. Italy 10,779
    2. Spain 7,340
    3. China 3,304
    4. Iran 2,757
    5. France 2,606

March 29

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 685,150 around the world.
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 32,183.
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 146,400.
  • Italy crossed the threshold of 10,000 COVID-19 deaths.
  • Spain’s daily death toll is nearing that of Italy.
  • Japan is seeing an acceleration of newly confirmed cases.
  • Australia’s Prime Minister limited public gatherings to two people.
  • In South Korea, the number of recovering patients is rising twice as fast as new confirmed cases.
  • Portugal said all migrants will be treated as residents to make sure they receive treatment.
  • India’s prime minister apologized for how his country initially handled the nation’s lockdown.
  • Nigeria locked down Lagos and Abuja for two weeks.
  • Kenya’s coronavirus curfew began with waves of police crackdowns.
  • Moscow issued stay at home order for all residents.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
    1. USA 124,356
    2. Italy 92,472
    3. China 81,439
    4. Spain 78,797
    5. Germany 58,247
  • Top 5 death counts by nation:
    1. Italy 10,023
    2. Spain 6,523
    3. China 3,300
    4. Iran 2,640
    5. France 2,314

March 28

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 614,712 around the world.
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 28,244.
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 137,344.
  • In South Korea, more patients have now been discharged than those currently undergoing treatment.
  • Spain’s death toll jumped by more than 800 in 24 hours. New cases in Spain jumped by more than 6,500. Spain will pass China and sit with Italy and the US with the most confirmed cases in the coming days.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are:
    1. USA 104,256
    2. Italy 86,498
    3. China 81,394
    4. Spain 72,248
    5. Germany 53,340
  • Top 5 death counts by nation:
    1. Italy 9,134
    2. Spain 5,690
    3. China 3,295
    4. Iran 2,517
    5. France 1,995

March 27

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 549,137 around the world.
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 24,863.
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 128,623.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for the virus.
  • Australia deployed troops to enforce isolation orders.
  • Italy had its largest daily death total by the virus yet at 919.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are: USA 85,749 (passed China and Italy); China 81,340; Italy 80,589; Spain 64,059; Germany 47,278.
  • Top 5 death counts by nation: Italy 8,215; Spain 4,858; China 3,292; Iran 2,378; France 1,696

March 26

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 486,825 around the world. We will pass half a million in the next 24 hours.
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 22,021. A jump of nearly 3,000 since yesterday.
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 117,460.
  • Nations from the US, Spain, Belgium, to Iran report massive surges in newly confirmed cases in the last 24 hours. In the next 24 hours Italy will overtake China as the nation with the most confirmed cases in the world. Then the US will overtake Italy. We will also hit more than half a million confirmed cases globally in the next 24 hours.
  • Priests living in the same Vatican residence as the Pope tested positive for the virus.
  • First deaths reported in Palestine, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are: China 81,285; Italy 74,386; USA 68,581; Spain 47,610; Germany 34,009.
  • Top 5 death counts by nation: Italy 6,826; Spain 3,434; China 3,281; Iran 2,077; France 1,100

March 25

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 434,854 around the world.
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 19,607.
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 111,856.
  • Spain joined Italy in passing China for the total deaths reported. Spain announced their morgues have run out of room for the dead.
  • Italy will likely pass China also in confirmed cases by the weekend.
  • Prince Charles heir to the British throne announced he tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • Leader of India’s largest state ignored the national lockdown to attend a religious ceremony.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are: China 81,218; Italy 69,176; USA 54,963; Spain 56,188; Germany 39,457.
  • Top 5 death counts by nation: Italy 7,503; Spain 4,089; China 3,287; Iran 2,234; France 1,331.

March 24

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 387,742 around the world. This number will likely pass 400,000 by the end of the day.
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 16,782.
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 102,404.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a series of drastic new steps bringing the country closer to a lockdown status.
  • Spanish soldiers reported multiple nursing homes found with their residents abandoned.
  • China announces public transit is set to begin again in Wuhan even as fears of “silent spreaders” persists.
  • Thailand declared a state of emergency.
  • The Philippines legislature granted President Rodrigo Duterte special powers to fight the COVID-19 virus. These included the ability to take over private hospitals.
  • The 2020 Summer Olympics postponed for one year.
  • The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are: China 81,171; Italy 63,927; USA 46,168; Spain 35,480; Germany 30,138.
  • Top 5 death counts by nation: Italy 6,077; China 3,277; Spain 2,342; Iran 1,934; France 860

March 23

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 345,767 around the world. That is a jump of nearly 10% from yesterday.
  • Worldwide deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 14,927.
  • Total Recovered Cases around the world- 99,541.
  • The US is now solidly in the top 3 nations for reported cases globally. The top five nations with confirmed cases in the world are: China 81,093; Italy 59,138; USA 35,070; Spain 29,909; Germany 26,198. It is increasingly likely that Italy will overtake China with the most confirmed cases in the world.
  • Hong Kong announced visitors would not be allowed to enter or transit through the city starting Wednesday.
  • Several of India’s largest cities moved to lockdown mode.
  • UAE suspended all passenger flights and closed its malls.
  • Australia asked citizens to delay signing up for unemployment as the lines for this were violating social distancing requirements.

March 22

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 317,308 around the world. It took only four days for us to move from the 200,000 mark past the 300,000 mark. Read here to understand how that compares to the initial outbreak numbers.
  • Deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 13,642, an increase of 14.7% over yesterday’s total deaths number.
  • Total Recovered Cases – 96,010, (30%). This is a new number we will start tracking daily with these updates.
  • Italy has more than 53,000 confirmed cases (new numbers will be reported from Italy at noon). The country may soon pass China in the total confirmed case counts, even though Italy is a fraction of the size of China. Italy already passed China in the death totals.
  • Spain extended its nationwide lockdown for another 15 days.
  • Singapore plans to ban entry of all short term visitors to the country.
  • The first infections reported in Gaza, one of the most densely populated areas per square foot on the planet.
  • Lebanon called in the military to keep people indoors.
  • Colombia, Romania, and Kosovo report first deaths.
  • El Salvador and Guatemala ordered citizens to stay home.
  • Angela Merkel placed in quarantine after her doctor tested positive for the virus.
  • Top 5 confirmed cases counts by nation: China 81,054; Italy 53,578; Spain 28,572; USA 26,909; Germany 23,129.
  • Top 5 death counts by nation: Italy 4,825; China 3,261; Spain 1,725; Iran 1,685; France 562

March 21

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 286,955 around the world.
  • Deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 11,890.
  • Singapore, Finland, Mauritius, United Arab Emirates, and Lithuania, confirmed their first death from the virus.
  • Colombia ordered a nationwide quarantine for 19 days.
  • Top 5 nations with confirmed cases: China 81,008; Italy 47,021; Spain 24,926;  Germany 21,483; Iran 20,610
  • Top 5 nations death totals: Italy 4,032; China 3,255; Iran 1,556; Spain 1,326; France 450
  • Italy reported 793 deaths in the last 24 hour period. Spain also had its biggest death toll for a single day period at more than 300.
  • Britain asked that all included among the “extremely vulnerable population” stay home for the next 12 weeks.
  • Italy closed non-essential factories and services.

March 20

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 252,773 around the world. (Up 13% over yesterday.)
  • The World Health Organization noted that it took more than three months to reach 100,000 cases worldwide —but only 12 days to log the next 100,000. We have added more than 50,000 to that count in less than 5 days.
  • Deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 10,405.
  • China continued to have no new reports for the second day in a row.
  • Japan is allowing schools to reopen in regions deemed virus free.
  • The death toll in Spain surged by 30%.
  • Saudi Arabia grounded most domestic transportation.
  • Top 5 nations with confirmed cases: China 80,967; Italy 41,035; Spain 19,980;  Iran 19,644; Germany 16,626
  • Top 5 nations death totals: Italy 3,405; China 3,248; Iran 1,433; Spain 1,002; France 372

March 19

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 223,082 around the world.
  • Deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 9,149.
  • The EU’s Brexit negotiator tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Australia and New Zealand closed their borders to outsiders. In the United Arab Emirates, not even expatriates can return home at this time.
  • The EU and the US have unleashed massive financial aid projects to save their economies.
  • The army has been dispatched in Amman, Jordan to enforce lockdown.
  • The UK is asking carmakers to begin producing ventilators in a wartime-like effort.
  • Russia and Mexico reported their first coronavirus death.
  • Italy overtakes China for the largest number of deaths from the pandemic. The government dispatched military trucks to pick up bodies as the morgues are overwhelmed.
  • Top 5 nations with confirmed cases: China 80,928; Italy 35,713; Iran 18,407; Spain 15,014; Germany 13,083
  • Top 5 nations death totals: China 3,245; Italy 2,978; Iran 1,284; Spain 640; France 264

March 18

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 201,106 around the world. Between March 6 and today, the confirmed case count more than doubled from 100,000 to today’s total.
  • Deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 8,010. An increase of nearly 1,000 over yesterday’s total.
  • CHINA REPORTED ITS FIRST DAY WITH NO NEW CASES OF COVID-19.
  • A report in the UK has warned of 500,000 deaths could occur in Britain. The author of the report has self quarantined after developing a fever.
  • Australia banned indoor gatherings of more than 100 people.
  • Saudi Arabia suspended group prayers and ordered businesses to work from home.
  • South Korea reported an uptick in new cases out of a nursing hospital in the country.
  • Taiwan announced it is closing its borders to all foreigners except residents and diplomats.
  • The EU says Russia is orchestrating a disinformation campaign throughout Europe to worsen the spread of the virus.
  • France issues more than 4,000 fines for lockdown violations on the first day.
  • Italy had its largest daily increase in new confirmed cases.

 

March 17

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 183,637 around the world. Global cases minus China – 102,756.
  • Deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 7,177.
  • China records only one new local infection.
  • The E.U. barred most travelers from outside the bloc for the next 30 days.
  • Top 5 nations confirmed reports: China 80,894; Italy 31,506; Iran 16,169; Spain 11,826; Germany 9,367 (This is the first time Germany broke the top 5.)
  • Top 5 nations death totals: China 3,237; Italy 2,503; Iran 988; Spain 533; France 175

March 16

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 182,368 around the world. Global cases minus China – 101,488. (The total confirmed reported case count increase over yesterday +11.9%.)
  • Deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 7,143. The increase over yesterday +17.3%.
  • France and Spain have sounded the alarm that their own health systems may soon be overwhelmed.
  • More people have now died from the virus outside of China than died within China.
  • The European Union is proposing that nonessential travel to most of the continent be restricted for 30 days.
  • Scientists who have studied the data coming out of China now believe that for every 1 case reporter, there are another 5 to 10 cases undetected. 
  • The EU plans to seal itself off from all international travel.
  • France ordered a nationwide lockdown.
  • Top 5 nations confirmed reports: China 80,880; Italy 27,980; Iran 14,991; Spain 9,942; South Korea 8,236
  • Top 5 nations death totals: China 3,213; Italy 2,158; Iran 853; Spain 342; France 148

March 15

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 162,959 around the world. Global cases minus China – 82,110 (The number will be updated later today when Italy’s numbers are added. We will also soon have a post here at the web site explaining why passing 80,000 minus China worldwide by March 15, is very concerning.)
  • Deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 6,085. This number rose by almost 10% from yesterday and will grow a lot in the next few weeks as the length of time people have been sick in Spain and Italy begins converting from active cases to death totals.
  • Massive crowds fill US airports as US travelers from Europe return to the US. This contradicts the strong encouragement for “social distancing.”
  • The Vatican closed Holy Week to the public.
  • Spain is moving toward lockdown. Thousands of businesses shut down in France as the government announced non-essential businesses should close.
  • Britain is asking older citizens to self-isolate.
  • South Korea’s president declared the southeastern part of South Korea as a “special disaster zone.”
  • Kuwait launched drones among its population to encourage people to disperse for social distancing.
  • Israel closed cafes, restaurants, shops, and theaters.
  • Top 5 nations confirmed reports: China 80,849; Italy 21,157; Iran 13,998; South Korea 8,162; Spain 7,753
  • Top 5 nations death totals: China 3,199; Italy 1,441; Iran 724; Spain 291; France 91

March 14

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 150,649 around the world. Global cases minus China – 69,825(12,000 more than yesterday.)
  • Deaths from COVID-19 Coronavirus 5,619.
  • Top 5 nations confirmed reports: China 80,824; Italy 17,660; Iran 12,729; South Korea 8,086; Spain 6,043
  • Top 5 nations death totals: China 3,189; Italy 1,266; Iran 611; Spain 191; France 79
  • Everyone entering New Zealand must now self-isolate.
  • Italy’s Deputy Health Minister tested positive for the coronavirus.

March 13

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 138,608 around the world. Global cases minus China – 57,793 (10,000 more than yesterday.)
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 Coronavirus 5,083.
  • Top 5 nations confirmed reports: China 80,815; Italy 15,113; Iran 11,364; South Korea 7,979; Spain 4,073
  • Top 5 nations death totals: China 3,177; Italy 1,016; Iran 514; Spain 92; South Korea 71
  • The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed she tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • W.H.O. says Europe is the new epicenter of the pandemic.
  • Church of Latter-Day Saints suspended all gatherings at their religious meetings worldwide.
  • Poland and Denmark are closed to foreigners.
  • U.K delays elections for a year.
  • Spain declared a national emergency.
  • Venezuela confirms its first two cases of the virus.
  • Ethiopia, Kenya, Guinea, and Sudan each confirm their first infections.

March 12

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 127,810 around the world. Global cases minus China – 47,014
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 Coronavirus 4,716.
  • Top five nations confirmed reports: China 80,796; Italy 12,462; Iran 10,075; South Korea 7,869; France 2,281
  • Top five nations death totals from COVID-19 Coronavirus: China 3,169; Italy 827; Iran429; South Korea 66; Spain 55
  • Saudi Arabia joins the US in announcing a ban on travel to Europe.
  • China says they are past the peak of the outbreak. Chinese experts predict the worst of the pandemic will be over by June.
  • Austria and Greece report their first deaths.
  • Spain’s Minister of Equality tested positive for the virus.

March 11

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases 125,633
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 Coronavirus 4,607
  • W.H.O. declared a global pandemic.
  • India closed its borders. All existing visas will be suspended until April 15 according to the country’s leadership.
  • There are confirmed cases in 121 countries.
  • Angela Merkel of Germany warned that up to 70% of her country could become infected.
  • Top ten nations by death count from COVID-19: China 3,158; Italy 631; Iran 354; South Korea 61; Spain 47; France 33; USA 31; Japan 12; Iraq 7; Netherlands 5.
  • Global markets tanked again on fears of the pandemic.
*Note: It has been brought to our attention that the phrase Wuhan Coronavirus is now considered racist. Most major outbreaks are associate with their place of origin (Spanish Flu, Zaire Ebolavirus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). While we disagree with this assertion, that is not the point of this web page. To that end, we will not change recordings up to this point but will no longer use the term Wuhan Coronavirus going forward. 

March 10

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 114,809
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 4,031
  • Total confirmed cases worldwide, excluding China, is now 34,048
  • The whole nation of Italy is put under lockdown and quarantined. Schools are shut nationwide, Italians have been told not to travel, all public events are stopped, restaurants must close by 6pm.
  • United Arab Emirates closes ports to cruise ships.
  • Top 5 nations for death totals: China 3,136; Italy 463; Iran 237; South Korea 54; Spain 31

March 9

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 110,288
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 3,831
  • Top 5 countries confirmed reports – China (80,738); South Korea (7,478); Italy (7,375); Iran (6,566); France (1,209)
  • Top 5 countries deaths – China (3,120); Italy (366); Iran (194); South Korea (53); USA (22)
  • Stock markets around the world tumbled as Saudi Arabia cut oil prices to Asia. Dow posts the biggest single-day loss since 2008.
  • Israel says anyone entering the country must self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Confirmed cases now in 95 countries

March 7

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 103,811
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 3,522
  • 98 countries have confirmed cases
  • US death toll hits 17, confirmed cases 335
  • Major events and activities across the US are being canceled including the SXSW festival that had more than 400,000 in attendance last year.

March 6

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 100,291
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 3,408
  • 94 countries have confirmed cases
  • Iran shuttered 60,000 mosques for Friday prayers
  • The number of officially confirmed cases in Iran neared 5,000 but many believe Iran is underreporting and the numbers are significantly higher.
  • The US announced its 14th death.
  • A ship with 2,500 passengers is being held off the coast of California for coronavirus testing.
  • Top 5 nations confirmed reports: China (80,559); South Korea (6,593); Iran (4,747); Italy (3,858); Germany (577)
  • Top 5 nations deaths to COVID19: China (3,402); Italy (148); Iran (124); South Korea (42); USA (14)

March 4

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 94,244
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 3,220
  • The World Health Organization said the disease has killed 3.5% of those diagnosed with the virus, a higher number than previously estimated.
  • The Trump administration said any individual can now be tested for the virus in the US if a doctor deemed it necessary for that individual. US now has 128 confirmed cases and 9 deaths.
  • Iran freed 52,000 inmates to avoid the virus spreading in the prisons.
  • 81 countries now have at least 1 confirmed case.
  • India has 28 confirmed cases
  • The top countries for confirmed cases: China 80,282; South Korea 5,621; Iran 2,922; Italy 2,502;  Japan 308
  • The top 5 countries by death counts due to the disease: China 2,981; Iran 92; Italy 79;  South Korea 34; USA 9

March 3

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 92,275
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 3,130
  • 6 dead in the US, more than 100 confirmed cases in 15 states
  • China reported the lowest number of new cases in a day since January
  • Iran reported more than 835 new cases

March 2

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 89,798
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 3,069
  • 88 confirmed cases in the US, 2 deaths, the first case reported in New York
  • 70 nations now have confirmed cases
  • Top 5 confirmed cases globally today: China (80,026), South Korea (4,335), Italy (1704), Iran (1,501), Diamond Princess Cruise Ship (705)

February 29

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 85,721
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 2,933
  • Top five countries reported cases today: China, S. Korea (3,150), Italy (889), Diamon Princess Cruise Liner (705), Iran (593)
  • Nigeria has its first case reported. The infected person is an Italian who moved to Nigeria. (See the concern about Africa here.)
  • Confirmed cases now in 56 countries.
  • Health officials wait for the virus to spread across the US and new, unexplained, possible person to person contact cases are identified in Oregon and California.

February 28

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 83,896
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 2,867
  • Confirmed cases in China have plateaued and new cases reported have declined throughout the past week but new cases in the rest of the world are exploding. There are now 48 countries with confirmed cases.
  • Reported cases in South Korea now 2,337 with 13 deaths.
  • Cases in Iran and Italy doubled. Iran 388 confirmed cases. Italy 655 confirmed cases.
  • Kuwait reported 43 new cases, all related to Iran.
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Growth of COVID-19 over the last 45 days.

February 27

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 82,585
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 2,814
  • There are now confirmed cases in 47 countries.
  • South Korea cases swelled to 1,766. Italy to 528. Iran 245.
  • The US and Germany now have suspected cases that did not result from people traveling but local transmission.
  • Japan’s Prime Minister asked schools to close through spring break (April).
  • US markets see their worst drop since 2008.

February 26

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 81,264
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 2,770
  • Europe has new cases in Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Spain and Switzerland.
  • France reported its first COVID-19 death.
  • Japan reports its first COVID-19 death.
  • A US soldier in South Korea is confirmed to have the coronavirus.
  • South Korea infections reached 1,261.
  • COVID-19 death toll in Italy rose to 12.

February 25

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 80,348. New cases in China are slowing while they begin to rise in other parts of the world.
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 2,707
  • South Korea now has 977 confirmed cases, 11 deaths
  • Iran 95 confirmed cases, 15 deaths. Iran’s deputy health minister tested positive for the virus. Iraqi lawmakers are demanding their border with Iran be closed adding a new element to an already tense situation between the two countries.
  • Italy 287 confirmed cases, 7 deaths
  • US CDC warns of the disruption of everyday life in America is coming.

February 24

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 79,731
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 2,627
  • China – Six provinces lowered their emergency warnings so that businesses could reopen, even while the National People Congress, the largest event on China’s political calendar, was postponed.
  • South Korea – 833 confirmed cases, 7 deaths
  • Italy – More than 200 confirmed cases, 3 deaths
  • Iran – 43 confirmed cases, 8 deaths
  • Turkey and Pakistan closed their borders to Iran.
  • Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain now have confirmed cases.
  • Global financial markets sink on fears of a global pandemic.

February 23

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 78,966
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 2,468
  • There are now 602 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Korea. South Korea’s fourth-largest city declared a state of emergency.
  • Italy now has 132 confirmed cases.
  • Iran confirmed 7th death from the Wuhan Coronavirus.

February 22

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 77,990
  • Deaths from  COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus 2,363
  • Iran reported its sixth death from the coronavirus
  • The total cases in South Korea more than doubled in the last 24 hours. The total confirmed cases in South Korea are now 433.
  • Scientists and doctors are beginning to believe the incubation period for the virus may be more than 14 days which has been the common belief for the last month.
  • Italy now has 53 confirmed cases.

February 21

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 76,819. After several days of decline, confirmed cases in China began to rise again today. There were 220 new cases inside prisons.
  • Deaths from the COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus to date – 2,250
  • South Korea sees a jump in new cases, mostly linked to a church that is known as a cult. Cases of the Wuhan Coronavirus tripled in the last few days to 156.
  • The cruise ship Diamond Princess has 621 confirmed cases. Israel confirmed its first case of the coronavirus, a passenger on the cruise ship.
  • Italy its first three cases of local transmissions of COVID-19.

February 20, 2020

  • Confirmed COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus cases 75,776.
  • Deaths from the COVID-19 / Wuhan Coronavirus to date – 2,130.
  • 2 deaths reported on the Japanese cruise ship.
  • The confirmed reported cases in Iran have died.
  • At the recent fed meeting, the virus was discussed as a serious threat to the global economy.
  • The number of confirmed cases in South Korea rose by two thirds to 82.

February 19, 2020

  • Total deaths – 2,012. The latest data released from China suggests the Wuhan coronavirus could be 20 times more lethal than the flu.
  • Total confirmed cases – 75,317
  • American passengers on the quarantined Japanese cruise ship are on their way back to the US. The Japanese government reports the number of confirmed cases aboard the cruise ship has grown to 355.
  • Hong Kong reported its second death from the virus.
  • Iran has its first two confirmed cases of the COVID-19, also known as the Wuhan Coronavirus. Middle Eastern countries that have confirmed COVID-19 cases now include: Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Iran – with a total of 12 confirmed cases among them.

February 16

  • Total confirmed cases of the Wuhan Coronavirus – 69,289
  • Total deaths – 1,671
  • In Beijing, all residents returning to the city are required to stay home or submit to group observation for 14 days. The Chinese government warned that those who refuse this directive will be held accountable under the law.
  • Taiwan reported its first death to COVID-19.

February 15

  • Total confirmed cases – 67,191
  • Total deaths – 1,527
  • French patient with COVID-19 died. This is the first death from the virus outside of Asia.
  • The US plans to evacuate its citizens from the Japanese cruise ship.

 

COVID-19 confirmed cases
On January 1, 2020 there were 41 reported cases in China.
COVID-19 deahts
The first symptoms were reported December 12, 2019.

February 14

  • Total confirmed cases – 64,471
  • Total deaths – 1,384
  • China reports more than 1,700 health workers contracted the virus. Six of them died.
  • Multiple counties in Hubei province enacted wartime measures that forbid people from leaving their homes.
  • Singapore’s government warned of a possible recession as the effects of the virus are pounding the countries economy. Singapore’s archdiocese canceled public masses due to coronavirus fears.
  • Egypt reported that a foreign national tested positive for COVID-19 within Egypt.

February 13

  • The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in China surged overnight as authorities changed the diagnostic criteria. There are now 59,805 confirmed cases in China.
  • Similarly, a new record of new deaths by COVID-19 occurred. In China, there are now 1,367 confirmed deaths.
  • Japan announced its first death from COVID-19. This is the second death to the virus outside of China.
  • Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases on the Japanese cruise ship Diamond Princess climbed to 218.
  • South Korea quarantined hundreds of soldiers with links to China.
  • Singapore confirmed 8 new cases bringing their total of COVID-19 cases to 58.

February 12

  • The Wuhan virus total death count reached 1,113.
  • Total reported cases climbed to 44,653.
  • The number of new cases outside the Hubei province fell for the 8th day in a row, suggesting we may be nearing the peak of the outbreak.
  • There are 393 cases outside of China in 24 countries.
  • The total of confirmed infected cases on the Japanese cruise ship jumped to 175.

February 11

  • The World Health Organization gives the virus its official name – COVID-19. It is an acronym that stands for coronavirus 2019.

February 10

  • Death total – 908
  • Confirmed cases reported – 40,171
  • The number of infected cases in Britain doubled from four to eight.
  • Many medical professionals believe the death counts and reported cases are underreported due to the severe strain currently being experienced by the testing facilities in China.
  • The World Health Organization says its offers for assistance have been ignored by the Chinese government until today.
  • The number of infected people on the Japanese cruise ship grew to 136.

February 9

  • Death total – 811
  • Confirmed cases reported – 37,198

February 8

  • The death toll rose to 803. This includes an American who died in Wuhan.
  • All but one of these deaths have been in China.
  • In the 2003 SARS epidemic, 774 people died in more than two dozen countries.
  • The confirmed case count in China is 34,800.
  • The virus is now present in two dozen other countries and includes 288 confirmed cases outside of China.

February 7

  • The death toll and confirmed case count spiked in China during the last 24 hours.
  • Total deaths in China from the coronavirus are now at 636.
  • Total confirmed cases are at 31,161
  • The Chinese doctor who originally sounded the alarm about this virus less than two months ago has died.
  • A Japanese cruise ship is in quarantine and 61 passengers have tested positive for the virus.
  • Chinese researchers identified the pangolin as a possible link to the spread of the virus.

February 6

  • The death toll in China crossed the 500 mark and is now up to 563.
  • 28,018 Confirmed cases in China.
  • There are now 12 confirmed cases in the US.

February 5

February 4

  • 490 deaths; 24,324 confirmed cases
  • The first death reported in Hong Kong.
  • In Hong Kong, 2,500 medical workers went on strike to demand the border with China be closed.
  • Hyundai suspended the production of its cars at South Korea car factories.

February 3

  • There are now 17,488 confirmed cases.
  • In China, there have been 361 deaths.

February 2

  • A man from Wuhan China died in the Philippines, becoming the first person to die from the Wuhan Coronavirus outside of China.
  • The death toll in China rose to 304.
  • The total confirmed cases globally are 14,380.
  • Doctors now say the virus can spread by fecal matter as well as droplets from the mouth and nose.
  • Countries with confirmed cases: Australia, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, South Korea, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Britain, Vietnam, Italy, India, the Philippines, Nepal, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Finland, Sweden, and Spain.
  • The US has eight confirmed cases.

February 1

  • The death toll in China rose to 259.
  • The global total of confirmed cases rose to 12,000. Most of these are in China with 100 cases confirmed in 21 other countries.
  • Americans returning home who have been to China’s Hubei province will face a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

2019-nCoV wuhan virus timeline

January 31

  • The death toll in China has risen to 213.
  • The total confirmed cases have risen to 9,800.
  • Singapore and Mongolia both announce they are closing their borders with China due to the spreading virus.
  • Confirmed cases in the following countries now: Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia, Macau, France, the United States, South Korea, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Britain, Vietnam, Italy, India, the Philippines, Nepal, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Finland.
  • US takes the unprecedented step of barring entry to all foreign nationals who recently traveled to China.
  • Major US airlines announced they were suspending flights to China. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbles 600 points.

January 30

  • The death toll in China is up to 170.
  • There are now 7,834 confirmed cases in China.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global health emergency. This was a significant step that the WHO declined to take eight days ago.
  • There are three confirmed cases in Japan.
  • Russia is considering closing its 2,600-mile border with China.

January 29

  • In China, the death count rose to 132 people, a 25% increase over yesterday.
  • The total confirmed cases in China are now at 6,078. This number now surpasses the number of Chinese infected by SARS nearly two decades ago (although not the global number of SARS infection).
  • A new twist in the spread of the virus as people who never visited China have now been infected in Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
  • America evacuated its citizens from Wuhan.
  • United Arab Emirates reported four cases within its own borders.
  • The CEO of a leading pharmaceutical company said it will take a year to find a cure for the Wuhan Coronavirus.
  • British Airways canceled all flights in and out of China due to fears of an outbreak.

January 28

  • The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus surged in the last 24 hours. Today a total of 106 people have died in China.
  • The total confirmed cases in China also boomed overnight. There are now 4,515 confirmed cases in China.
  • Around the world the number of countries with confirmed Wuhan Virus cases is growing as well:
    • Thailand 14 cases of infection
    • Hong Kong 8
    • United States, Taiwan, Australia and Macau have 5 each
    • Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia each have reported 4
    • France has three; Canada and Vietnam have 2
    • Nepal, Cambodia and Germany each have 1

Check out the map at this web site that tracks the spread and growth of the Wuhan coronavirus globally.

January 27

  • The confirmed Wuhan virus case count in China now stands at 2,744.
  • Thailand and Hong Kong have each reported eight cases of infection; the United States, Taiwan, Australia, and Macau have five each; Singapore, Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia each have reported four; France has three; Vietnam has two, and Nepal has one.
  • 110 People in the US are being evaluated for the virus.
  • Stock markets around the world turned sour on Monday morning as investors grew concerned about the spread of the Wuhan Virus.

January 26

  • The death count has risen to 80. The total confirmed Wuhan Virus count across China is now at 1,975. The mayor of Wuhan said the count could rise by another 1,000 very quickly as many of those being observed are anticipated to be confirmed cases. The youngest confirmed case for the virus is with a 9-month-old girl in Wuhan.
  • No deaths from the virus outside of China.
  • A third infection has been confirmed in the US at the beginning of the day. The person is in California and appears to be doing well according to doctors. By the end of the day, there are now five confirmed cases in the US.
  • China has banned the sale of wildlife nationwide.
  • One of the leading doctors fighting the virus in China said they believe the incubation period is 10-14 days and carriers are contagious during that time.
  • The leader of Hong Kong declared a health emergency, informing the public that schools would be closed until February.

January 25

  • More than 1,370 confirmed cases of infection in China. The death count has risen to 41. More than 8,400 people are under observation.
  • Among the dead is now a young man, previously healthy. This counters the trend of mostly unhealthy and elderly who made up the death count before this time. It might also mean a change in the nature of the virus.
  • Australia confirmed its first case of coronavirus.

January 24

January 23

January 22

  • The first case of Wuhan virus was reported in Hong Kong. The World Health Organization determined a Global Public Health Emergency will not be declared as more information is needed. They will meet again in the coming days as more information becomes available.

January 21

  • 291 cases reported across China. The spread of the Wuhan virus was confirmed in other major Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai. The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reported at least 15 health workers in Wuhan were infected. At least one of these health workers was in critical condition.
  • The first case of Wuhan virus was reported in the US.
  • Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, and Taiwan also now have confirmed cases.

January 20

  • A giant leap in confirmed cases takes place in the third weekend of January. Six people have died and 290 people are reported infected with the virus.
  • It is confirmed the virus can pass from person to person.
  • Thailand confirmed four cases of Wuhan virus.
  • We posted this Wuhan Virus fact sheet on January 18.

January 15

  • China reports the second death from what is beginning to be called the “Wuhan Virus.”

January 13

January 11

  • The first death from the mystery virus is reported in Wuhan. Seven other people are in critical condition. Forty-one people have been diagnosed with the virus.

December 31

  • Chinese authorities first reported the emergence of a new respiratory illness with pneumonia-like symptoms in the city of Wuhan.

December 12

  • The first patient with symptoms is reported in Wuhan, China