08 Apr COVID-19 Timeline
December 21st 2019
- Chinese epidemiologists with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention published an article on 20th January 2020 stating that the first cluster of patients with ‘pneumonia of an unknown cause’ had been identified on 21st December 2019
December 31st 2019
- Chinese authorities confirmed they were treating dozens of cases of pneumonia of an unknown cause. Days laters researchers in China identified a new virus that had infected dozens of people. There was no evidence that the virus was spread by humans.
- China contacts the WHO and informs them of ‘cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology’ detected in Wuhan
January 2nd 2020
- Central Hospital of Wuhan banned its staff from discussing the disease publicly or recording them using text or image that can be used as evidence
January 8th 2020
- The Chinese government agrees to accept a WHO scientific team to assist their own researchers
January 11th 2020
- Chinese state media reported the first known death from an illness caused by the virus. It was a 61-year old man who was a regular customer of the market in Wuhan where the virus is believed to have originated, and had previously been found to have abdominal tumors and chronic liver disease.
January 14th 2020
- Reporters from Hong Kong taken to police station after trying to film the situation within Wuhan hospital
January 20th 2020
- The first confirmed cases outside mainland China occurred in Japan, South Korea and Thailand, according to the WHO.
January 21st 2020
- The first confirmed case of the virus in the US in Washington State, where a man in his 30s developed symptoms after returning from a trip to Wuhan.
January 22nd 2020
- Public Health England announces it is moving the risk level to the British public from ‘very low’ to ‘low’.
January 23rd 2020
- Wuhan (population over 11 million) is cut off by the Chinese authorities. Planes and trains leaving the city are cancelled, and buses, subways and ferries within the city are suspended. 17 people had died at this point and 570 infected in Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, South Korea and the US.
- Figures compiled by the Chinese Railway Administration showed that approximately 100,000 people had already departed from Wuhan Train Station by the deadline.
- Construction begins in Wuhan for a specialist emergency hospital which opened on 3rd February
January 26th 2020
- China extends the ‘Spring Festival’ holiday in order to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
- Schools in Beijing to stay closed until further notice
January 29th 2020
- The UK’s first two patients test positive for Coronavirus after two Chinese nationals from the same family staying at a hotel in York fall ill.
- A plane evacuating Britons from Wuhan arrives at RAF Brize Norton. Passengers go into a 14 day quarantine at a specialist hospital on Merseyside.
January 30th 2020
- WHO declares a global health emergency amid thousands of new cases in China.
January 31st 2020
- The US suspends entry into the country by any foreign nationals who had travelled to China in the past 14 days, excluding the immediate family members of US citizens or permanent residents.
- 213 people had died and 9,800 infected worldwide.
February 1st 2020
- Spain confirms its first case of the coronavirus on La Gomera in the Canary Islands
February 2nd 2020
- The first death of coronavirus is reported outside China, as a 44-year-old man in the Philippines dies after being infected.
February 4th 2020
- The UK directs its citizens to leave China if possible
February 5th 2020
- A cruise ship in Japan quarantines 3600 people after a two-week trip to Southeast Asia. 218 people onboard the ship tested positive for the virus.
February 7th 2020
- The Chinese doctor Dr. Li Wenliang, who tried to ring early alarms that a cluster of infections could spin out of control, dies after contracting the virus. He was reprimanded by authorities in early January and he was forced to sign a statement denouncing his warning as an unfounded and illegal rumor.
February 11th 2020
- The disease is named ‘Covid-19’, an acronym that stands for coronavirus disease 2019. 1113 people in China have died with 44,653 cases, and 393 cases outside of China.
February 14th 2020
- France announces the first coronavirus death in Europe – an 80-year-old Chinese tourist. The fourth death from the virus outside mainland China.
- Egypt confirms its first case, the first on the African continent.
February 17th 2020
- China said it was reviewing its trade and consumption of wildlife, which has been identified as a probable source of the outbreak
February 19th 2020
- 443 passengers leave the Diamond Princess cruises ship. A total of 621 people aboard the ship were infected.
February 21st 2020
- The virus appears in Iran from an unknown source. Iran announced the two cases then hours later said that both patients had died. Two days later, Iran announced two additional deaths.
- The South Korean government shuts down thousands of kindergartens, nursing homes and community centres, following a surge in infections linked to the secretive church the Shincheonji Church of Jesus.
February 23rd 2020
- Italy sees a major surge in coronavirus cases – up to 150. Officials locked down 10 towns in Lombardy after a cluster of cases suddenly emerged in Codogno, southeast of Milan. Schools closed and sporting and cultural events were canceled.
- Italy introduces strict measures which place almost 50,000 people in lockdown in an attempt to control the virus
February 24th 2020
- The Trump administration asks Congress for $1.25 billion for coronavirus response – the US had 35 confirmed cases and no deaths.
- Iran emerges as a second focus point of the virus, with 61 cases and 12 deaths. It is a cause for worry as a place of pilgrimage.
February 26th 2020
- Latin America reports its first coronavirus case, as Brazilian health officials said that a 61-year-old Sao Paulo man, returning from Italy, tested positive for the virus.
February 28th 2020
- 800 people are now infected in Italy, and cases in 14 other European countries remain an area of concern
- Sub-Saharan Africa records its first infection.
- The first British victim dies of coronavirus onboard the Diamond Princess.
- UK authorities confirm the first case of the illness to be passed on inside the country.
- The worst week for the global stock markets since the 2008 financial crash.
- The WHO raises the coronavirus alert to the highest level.
February 29th 2020
- The US records its first coronavirus death and announces travel restrictions of ‘do not travel’ warnings for areas in Italy and South Korea. It also bans all travel to Iran and bars entry to any foreign citizen who had visited Iran in the previous 14 days.
March 4th 2020
- Cases of Covid-19 surge in the UK, as officials announce the biggest one-day increase so far as 34 cases bring the total to 87
- Italy announces it is shutting schools and universities.
March 10th 2020
- Nadine Dorries, a junior health minister, becomes the first MP to test positive for coronavirus.
- 6 people in the UK have now died of the illness, with 373 testing positive
March 11th 2020
- The US blocks travel from European countries other than the UK for 30 days, as the WHO declares the virus a pandemic and stock markets plunge.
- Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces a £12bn package of emergency support to help the UK cope with the expected onslaught from coronavirus
March 13th 2020
- The US declares a national emergency and makes $50 billion in federal funds available to tackle the coronavirus.
- A host of UK sporting events announce their postponement including the London Marathon. Premier League fixtures are suspended.
March 16th 2020
- Latin America imposes restrictions on their citizens to slow the spread of the virus. Venezuela announces a nationwide quarantine to begin on March 17th. Ecuador and Peru implement countrywide lockdowns, and Colombia and Costa Rica close their borders. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro encourages mass demonstrations by his supporters against his opponents in congress.
- Boris Johnson begins daily press briefings, urging everybody in the UK to work from home and avoid pubs and restaurants to give the NHS time to cope with the pandemic.
- The UK’s death toll rises to 55, with 1,543 confirmed cases, though it is believed 10,000 people have already been infected.
March 17th 2020
- France imposes a nationwide lockdown, prohibiting all gatherings and only allowing people to go out for fresh air. France had more than 6,500 infections with more than 140 deaths
- The EU bars most travellers from outside the bloc for 30 days.
- Rishi Sunak unleashes the biggest package of emergency state support for business since the 2008 financial crash, unveiling £330bn-worth of government-backed loans and more than £20bn in tax cuts and grants for companies threatened with collapse.
March 18th 2020
- The UK government announces most schools across England will be shut down from Friday until further notice. Wales and Scotland announce they will also close schools.
March 19th 2020
- For the first time, China reports zero local infections, a milestone in the fight against the pandemic. Experts said the country would need to see at least 14 consecutive days without new infections for the outbreak to be considered over. 34 new cases were confirmed among people who had arrived in China from elsewhere.
March 20th 2020
- The UK government orders all pubs, restaurants, gyms and other social venues across the country to close
- The chancellor announces the government will pay up to 80% of wages for workers at risk of being laid off
March 23rd 2020
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in a televised address to the nation, says that Britons should only go outside to buy food, to exercise once a day, or to go to work if they absolutely cannot work from home. Citizens will face police fines for failure to comply with these new measures.
- Worldwide figures stand at more than 270,000 cases and 11,000 deaths.
March 24th 2020
- Tokyo Olympics likely to be postponed – according to a member of the International Olympic Committee, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – set to begin in August – will be postponed. Australia and Canada have already announced that their athletes will not compete
March 25th 2020
- Prince Charles tests positive for the coronavirus.
- In the US, negotiators strike a deal on a $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package intended to assist businesses and millions of Americans amid the halt in the US economy. The bill includes $1,200 for individuals earning up to $75,000, $100 billion for health care providers, and $58 billion for the US airline industry. It would also include $2,400 per month for up to four months to the unemployed. $500 billion goes to industry loans that corporations, cities, and states can apply for.
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown of the country’s 1.3 billion residents. India has only recorded 536 cases of COVID-19 so far.
- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rails against coronavirus measures being taken in his country, as local officials take preparedness into their own hands.
March 26th 2020
- G20 world leaders meet virtually to discuss the coronavirus crisis. King Salman of Saudi Arabia calls on the world’s richest economies to ‘extend a helping hand to developing countries’.
- Brits across the UK clap, cheer, and ring bells at 8pm to thank the NHS workers for their service in tackling the pandemic.
- UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils a package of measures to help self-employed workers during the economic downturn, giving those earning less than £50,000 a taxable grant equal to 80 percent of their average profits.
March 27th 2020
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock test positive for the coronavirus
- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says that the coronavirus crisis has exposed the EU’s ‘weaknesses’.
March 28th 2020
- European COmmission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU ‘looked into the abyss’ in the early days of the crisis but now it has the chance to reinvent itself.
- French President Emmanuel Macron issues a plea for European solidarity to fight the coronavirus crisis, saying ‘I don’t want a selfish and divided Europe’
- Belgium extend confinement measures until 19th April
- UK Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, announces he is self-isolating after experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus
March 29th 2020
- The European Commission announces that it will revise its proposal for the EU’s next seven-year budget
- US announces social distancing measures to continue until 30th April, as the US records the highest number of coronavirus infections in the world, at more than 139,700 cases.
March 30th 2020
- Hungarian Parliament passes a bill that gives PM Viktor Orban power to rule by decree, impose a state of emergency without a time limit, and suspend parliament.
- UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announces the government is to spend £75 million on charter flights and airline tickets to repatriate up to 300,000 Britons stranded abroad as countries have closed their borders to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
March 31st 2020
- Spain joins the US and Italy as one of the few countries to surpass China’s coronavirus case total, reporting 85,195 cases and 8,189 deaths.
- Ethiopia announces it has postponed its parliamentary and presidential elections, originally scheduled for August. The elections were to be a big test for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reformist measures.
- The White House projects 100,000 to 240,000 deaths from COVID-19 in 2020, if current social distancing trends hold.
April 1st 2020
- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces that the Commission will present an unemployment reinsurance scheme to ensure workers keep their jobs during the coronavirus crisis.
- Italy announces it will extend lockdown measures until 13th April. Health Minister Roberto Speranza says ‘data shows that we are on the right path and that the drastic decisions are bearing fruit’.
- The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) summit, due to be held in Glasgow in November, is postponed until 2021.
April 2nd 2020
- The number of worldwide coronavirus cases passes one million.
April 3rd 2020
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel returns to her office after isolating as her physician tested positive for the coronavirus.
April 5th 2020
- The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is admitted to hospital for testing after his coronavirus symptoms persist.
- Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood resigns from her post after she is pictured visiting her second home, despite urging Scots to stay at home and avoid all but essential travel.
April 6th 2020
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel describes the coronavirus crisis as the biggest test the European Union has faced in its history.
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is admitted to an Intensive Care Unit as his coronavirus symptoms worsen.
April 7th 2020
- European finance ministers meet to discuss a range of options to support the bloc’s economy.
- The messaging service WhatsApp announces it is introducing limits to its forwarding service in order to combat disinformation. The application has been a hotbed for the spread of fake news relating to the coronavirus outbreak.
- US stock market indices rise for the second day in a row to hit their highest level since 11th March.
- The airline industry cuts 90% of its flights in Europe.
April 8th 2020
- It is announced that French GDP is set to shrink by 6% in the first quarter of 2020, and German GDP is predicted to shrink by 4.2% this year.
- The US sees the highest one-day death toll from coronavirus.
- The number of cases across the African continent passes 10,000.
April 9th 2020
- The UK records its highest daily death toll at 938 deaths recorded in 24 hours.
- China releases new measures to try to prevent asymptomatic ‘silent carriers’ from causing a second wave of infections.
- Saudi Arabia places its capital Riyadh and other big cities, as well as the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, under a 24-hour curfew.
- Pope Francis holds a mass on Holy Thursday with no public participation.
April 10th 2020
- The US Federal Reserve announces $2.3 trillion program to help for small businesses and state and local governments.
- The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen calls for a new Marshall Plan to help Europe’s economies hit the hardest by COVID-19.
- Number of confirmed deaths worldwide passes 100,000.
April 11th 2020
- Italy extends its lockdown until May 3rd.
- Yemen records its first case.
- Brazil reports more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths.
April 12th 2020
- Virtual services take place to commemorate Easter Sunday, including the Archbishop of Canterbury leading a service from his kitchen.
- EU chief Ursula von der Leyen claims elderly may have to isolate for the whole year until a vaccine is produced.
- India to extend lockdown till the end of April.
April 13th 2020
- China begins tackling a resurgence of the virus, after the number of daily infections rises to 108, the highest number in nearly 6 weeks, with 90% coming from abroad and significantly the north-eastern border with Russia.
- Spain and India allow certain industries to restart.
- In Africa, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Niger each have around 500 confirmed cases.
April 14th 2020
- UK prime minister Boris Johnson discharged from hospital in London having recovered from COVID-19.
- Spain eases some lockdown restrictions.
- Russia reports largest daily increase in virus cases, with 2,550 new infections.
- ‘Rice ATMs’ created in Vietnam to provide free rice for countries poorest.
April 15th 2020
- Confirmed COVID-19 infections globally passes 2 million.
- US President Donald Trump cuts WHO funding, claiming the organisation has turned a blind eye to China’s pernicious role in the early stages of the crisis.
- International Monetary Fund says lockdowns could shrink global economy by 3%.
- Denmark becomes first country in Europe to relax education restrictions, with children up to the age of 11 returning to nurseries and schools.
April 16th 2020
- Discovered that nearly 70,000 Spanish nurses could be infected.
- The International Monetary Fund expects Asian economies to see zero growth this year.
- The number of Americans to have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 crisis climbs to 22 million.
April 17th 2020
- US President Donald Trump announces that the US will be reopened in phases.
- The Economist Intelligence Unit announce that the world economy may face a double recession.
- The number of confirmed virus cases in the US reaches 700,000.
- Hospitals in Japan on the brink of collapse due to new wave of infections.
- NHS bosses to ask Doctors and nurses to work without some PPE as supplies begin to run out.
- Ecuador see’s surge in death count, with the Guayas province a hotbed for the virus
- Two men in Tunisia, including a suspected Jihadist, detained over plot to infect members of the security force with COVID-19.
April 18th 2020
- Wuhan officials revise COVID-19 figures, with the death toll rising from 2,579 to 3,869.
- US states without stay at home orders, such as Oklahoma, South Dakota and Iowa see increase in number of virus cases.
- French President Emmanuel Macron says that the EU faces a ‘moment of truth’ in its dealing with the economic problem faced.
April 19th 2020
- EU bailout chief says at least 500 Billion Euros more needed for COVID-19 recovery.
- 99 year old British war veteran Captain Tom Moore raises more than 31 Million Euros for walking 100 laps of his garden.
- Online concert ‘One World: Together at Home’ performed, including singers Elton John, Taylor Swift and the Rolling Stones.
- Haitian doctor announces the country is massively unprepared for COVID-19, with only 60 respirators for 11 million people.
April 20th 2020
- US oil prices dip below zero for the first time on record.
- New Zealand and South Korea plan to relax lockdown restrictions.
- Italy and Spain report falls in their daily death tolls.
- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro joins anti-lockdown protests.
- Ghana eases lockdown restrictions.
- The Coogee, Maroubra and Clovelly beaches in Sydney, Australia have reopened to ‘ease mental strain’, but social distancing rules are still in place.
- Ugandan Independent MP Francis Zaake arrested for distributing food to his constituents in the Mityana district.
- India begins easing some lockdown restrictions, especially on agricultural businesses, in order to ease pressure on farming.
April 21st 2020
- Turkey has seen a rise in cases and will endure a four day curfew later this week.
- ‘Immunity passports’ in Chile will be issued to allow recovered patients to return to work.
- COVID-19 cases in Singapore surge, with over 8,000 recorded infections.
- The UN has warned the world is at risk of widespread famines of ‘biblical proportions’ caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as drought and locust infestations in East Africa and South Asia.
April 22nd 2020
- South Africa announce relief package worth $26bn (£21bn) intended to protect companies and three million workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, President Cyril Ramaphosa has also taken the decision to deploy an extra 73,180 soldiers of the South African national defence force to enforce lockdown.
- Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio to self-isolate over virus fears due to one of his bodyguards testing positive for COVID-19.
- UK human COVID-19 vaccine trials start.
- Italy sees its first drop in active cases, with 127 fewer patients in hospitals.
- US state of Missouri announces it is suing China over the crisis.
- US President Donald Trump announced a 60 day ban on the distribution of green cards to immigrants, an authorisation that allows someone to live and work in the US on a permanent basis.
April 23rd, 2020
- Ukraine seals off Pochayiv after COVID-19 outbreak in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, one of the best-known Orthodox shrines in Ukraine and Russia.
- The United Nations Aviation agency claims that international air passenger traffic could drop by as many as 1.2 billion travellers, or two-thirds, by September 2020
- Egypt amends emergency laws, allowing the state to enforce measures such as suspending schools, banning public or private gatherings and quarantining returning travellers.
- The UK begins human testing for COVID-19 vaccine in Oxford.
April 24th, 2020
- Algeria ease lockdown measures around the capital of Algiers for the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
- The World Trade Organisation reports that 80 countries are limiting the export of face masks and other PPE.
- Costa Rica reports a steady fall in the number of COVID-19 cases, amidst the struggles of fellow South American countries.
- The UK will host a ‘global vaccines summit’ on June 4thto encourage nations to come together to support the development of a global COVID-19 vaccine.
- At least 150 doctors have died in Italy from COVID-19
April 25th, 2020
- US confirmed death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 50,000.
- India’s mortality rate sees a sharp decrease whilst lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
- Hawaii sees 98% decrease in travellers arriving at airports since quarantine restrictions have been put in place.
- Worldwide COVID-19 deaths reach 200,000.
April 26th, 2020
- Saudi Arabia eases lockdown restrictions cross the country except in the holy city of Mecca and places previously put under isolation restrictions.
- Some mines in South Africa restart operations, with a minimal number of workers.
- Large churches in South Korea have reopened with designated seating measures in place.
- Spanish children under the age of 14 are permitted to go outside for an hour a day, with social distancing laws still in place.
April 27th, 2020
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to work after recovering from COVID-19.
- France, Italy and Spain all prepare to ease lockdown restrictions.
- French researchers prepare to launch human trial to test whether nicotine helps the body combat COVID-19.
- Ghana plans to build 90 new hospitals in the wake of the pandemic.
- The president of EL Salvador Nayib Bukele claims that criminal gangs are taking advantage of the pandemic, with over 50 people murdered between the 24thand 26th of the month.
- April 28th: US reaches 1 million COVID-19 cases.
- Australia begins to ease lockdown restrictions.
- Greece prepares to ease lockdown restrictions from next week.
- France cancels its 2019-20 football Ligue 1 season.
April 29th, 2020
- US GDP falls 4.8% in worst economic decline since 2008.
- The International Labour Organisation reports that nearly half of the global workforce risk losing their livelihoods due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- It is reported that over 12 million Italian workers have requested emergency funds.
- Switzerland to further ease restrictions on May 11th.
- Ghana lifts lockdown restrictions.
April 30th, 2020
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson claims that the UK are ‘past the peak’ of COVID-19.
- Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tests positive for COVID-19.
- Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll passes 5,000.
- Germany further eases lockdown restrictions, but large public gatherings will remain banned until August.
May 1st, 2020
- UK providing 100,000 COVID-19 tests a day.
- Scientists in the US military create COVID-19 test that could identify carriers before they become infectious and can spread the disease.
- The International Energy Agency reports that global carbon dioxide emissions could drop by 8% in 2020.
- India’s lockdown to be extended by 2 weeks.
- US president Donald Trump claims there is evidence that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese lab.
May 2nd, 2020
- More than 1 million people have recovered from COVID-19 according to figures from John Hopkins University.
- The UN reports that millions of children will miss vaccines due to shipping problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Regulators in the US begin to allow the use of experimental antiviral drug Remdesivir for treatment of patients with COVID-19, with studies showing the drug can cut recovery time by 31%.
- The Kenyan Legal and Ethical Issues Network reports that Kenyan doctors are being forced to reuse PPE.
May 3rd, 2020
- Churches in Germany open for Sunday services for the first time since lockdown began.
- Russia records highest daily rise in COVID-19 cases, with 10,633 new cases.
- The president of Peru Martin Vizcarra approves a supreme decree to reactivate the country’s economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Brazil surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 cases.
May 4th, 2020
- Italy begins to ease lockdown measures, allowing 4.5 million people to return to work.
- Global COVID-19 death toll passes 250,000.
- The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu announces that markets and malls will reopen on Thursday the 7thof May.
- Doctors at Paris hospital in France report evidence that a patient had COVID-19 as early as December 2019, a month before the official first cases in the country.
May 5th, 2020
- Australia and New Zealand plan ‘travel bubble’ that would allow quarantine-free flow of people between the two neighbouring countries.
- Spain allows people outside to exercise for the first time in two weeks.
- WHO announces there are 108 potential COVID-19 vaccines in development around the world, with 8 approved for clinical trials.
- Belarus to hold annual military parade commemorating the end of World War 2 on May 9thdespite the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Hong Kong to begin relaxing social distancing measures from Friday the 8thof May.
- Russia surpasses 150,000 COVID-19 cases.
May 6th, 2020
- The ADP reports that 20.2 million private sector workers in the US lost their jobs in April, the highest figure ever recorded.
- Brazil see’s a spike in COVID-19 cases, with 10,503 new infections, taking the total cases to 125,218.
- India to begin COVID-19 evacuation program to bring home overseas citizens.
- A survey conducted by The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that two thirds of people would run out of food and water if they were put in lockdown for two weeks.
May 7th, 2020
- The Bank of England reports that the UK economy is set to shrink by 14% in 2020.
- The UN warns that the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially cause multiple famines.
- The US records more than 2000 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours.
- The BBC reports that ‘An analysis from the Office of National Statistics has shown that Black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as their white counterparts’. The study took account of age, where people live and some measures of deprivation, disadvantage and health.
May 8th, 2020
- COVID-19 cases in Russia continue to rise, with 10,699 newly recorded cases.
- The Australian Government releases three step plan to allow businesses to reopen, and large gatherings and interstate travel to take part before the end of July.
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that COVID-19 has released a ‘tsunami of hate’ across the world, with increased xenophobia and scapegoating.
- Canada records second highest unemployment rate ever recorded, at 13%.
May 9th, 2020
- Confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Italy pass 30,000.
- Research finds that ‘re-infected’ COVID-19 cases are likely false-positives caused by non-infectious sections of the virus that are still in the body.
- COVID-19 death toll in Brazil passes 10,000.
May 10th, 2020
- Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide pass 4 million.
- China reports the first COVID-19 infection in Wuhan, the city where the pandemic began, In over a month.
- UK Prime Minister announces plans for the easing of lockdown, which includes allowing unlimited exercise and going back to work if you cannot work from home.
- Lebanon reverses decision to ease virus measures after an increase in COVID-19 cases.
- People flying into the UK will be made to quarantine for 14 days.
May 11th, 2020
- Canada announces pay rise for essential workers who have been on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says a COVID-19 vaccine is not guaranteed.
- Turkey records lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since March 26th.
- Senegal begins to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions.
May 12th, 2020
- US cases surpass 143,000, quadrupling in the past week.
- Lockdown tightens in Australia, with gatherings of over two people banned.
- Russia declares a lockdown in its capital city Moscow.
- Lebanon imposes total lockdown as the number of COVID-19 cases increases.
- Wuhan to test its entire 11 million population for COVID-19 in the next ten days.
May 13th, 2020
- US death toll passes 80,000.
- Carbon emissions in India drop for the first time in four decades.
- Belgium to open museums and some school classes from May 18th.
- Saudi Arabia to reimpose lockdown restrictions on May 23rd.
- US Embassy in Tanzania claims that the country is at risk of a large growth in COVID-19 cases amidst President John Magalufi’s accusations that the crisis has been exaggerated by health officials.
May 14th, 2020
- World Health Organization Emergencies Director Mike Ryan warns that COVID-19 may ‘never go away.’
- Japan lifts ‘state of emergency’ in 39 out of 47 prefectures.
- Burundi expels the WHO representative in the country as well as three other health experts but has given no reason for the expulsion.
- COVID-19 worldwide death toll passes 300,000.
- A survey of 11,000 has suggested that 1 in 400 people in England are infected with COVID-19.
May 15th, 2020
- Slovenia becomes first European country to declare an end to its COVID-19 epidemic.
- Russia sends 25,000 tonnes of wheat in humanitarian aid to North Korea.
- India announces it will provide free food to domestic migrants for two months.
- The Federal Statistics Office reports that Germanys economy shrank by 2.2% in the first three months of 2020.
- US retail figures plunge by 16.4%, the biggest two month decline on record.
May 16th, 2020
- India’s COVID-19 cases rise to 85,940, surpassing China.
- Italy to reopen shops on May 18th, and lift travel restrictions from June 3rd.
- Brazil’s COVID-19 deaths passes 15,000.
- Zhong Nanshan, the top respiratory authority in China, says the country are still at a high risk of a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
- Spain to reopen some public places, including hotels.
May 17th, 2020
- South Africa sees record daily rise in COVID-19 cases, with 1,160 new infections.
- Italy records it’s lowest increase in COVID-19 deaths for two months.
- India extends its lockdown until the end of May.
- South Korea to begin phased reopening of schools.
May 18th, 2020
- Cafes, restaurants and pubs in Denmark begin to reopen.
- US health secretary Alex Azar accuses WHO of allowing the COVID-19 pandemic to ‘spin out of control.’
- first case of coronavirus confirmed in the indigenous Waorani community in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
- Both Spanish footballers and English footballers in the premier league to begin training in small group as prospects of top-level sport returning increase.
- The Czech Republic lifts state of emergency.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron propose a 500 Billion Euro German-French scheme to aid European recovery
May 19th, 2020
- Brazil see’s record raise in both cases at 17,4018, and deaths at 1,179.
- Iraq to reimpose curfew from May 28thduring Eid al-Fitr holiday.
- COVID-19 lockdowns have reduced global carbon emissions to the lowest level in 15 years.
- Germany announces that over 20,000 health care workers have been infected with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
- Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin released from hospital after treatment for COVID-19.
May 20th, 2020
- The WHO reports largest single day increase in COVID-19 cases, with 106,000 newly recorded infections.
- Cambridge University announce all lectures will be held online in the next academic year.
- Spanish parliament votes to extend the countries state of emergency for another two weeks.
- Greece to reopen the country to foreign visitors from some countries with low infection rates from June 15th.
- Cuba reports that the country has gone a week without a single COVID-19 related death.
- Switzerland to allow places of worship to reopen from May 28th.
May 21st, 2020
- COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 5 million.
- Trials of two anti-malarial drugs to see if they can prevent COVID-19 infection begin in the UK.
- South Korean students begin to return to school, with social distancing measures in place.
May 22nd, 2020
- Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra extends the nationwide lockdown until June 30th.
- COVID-19 cases in Africa pass 100,000.
- US President Donald Trump directs states to reopen places of worship, deeming them ‘essential.’
- The number of active COVID-19 cases in Italy continues to fall, with numbers falling to 59,322.
- Travellers entering the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning June 8th.
May 23rd, 2020
- Chile report more than 3,500 new COVID-19 cases as numbers spike.
- Health officials in Moscow claim that around 12.5% of the city’s residents are likely to have COVID-19 antibodies.
- Spain announces longest mourning period in its history will be dedicated to COVID-19 victims, starting May 26thand lasting 10 days.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends senior advisor Dominic Cummings decision to travel to Durham during march, despite widespread outrage over Cummings actions.
May 24th, 2020
- Schools in New South Wales in Australia to reopen from the 31st.
- US President Donald Trump bans entry to the US for anyone who has been in Brazil 14 days prior to their arrival.
- South Africa to reopen the majority of its economy, with schools beginning to reopen and most sectors to reopen with strict health and safety measures.
- UK schools to begin phased reopening beginning June 1stwith year one and year six, and then on June 15th year ten and year twelve.
- White House economic advisor says that US unemployment levels will reach north of 20% by the end of May.
May 25th, 2020
- Peru reports more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases.
- Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announces that the countries two-month lockdown will end in the coming days.
- UK government announces non-essential retailers may reopen from June 15th.
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Chief Aide Dominic Cummings defends his lockdown breaking actions, despite widespread criticism.
May 26th, 2020
- Protests around Ecuador’s largest cities erupt due to the government’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Russia records highest daily death toll, with 174 deaths in the past 24 hours.
- Global worldwide COVID-19 cases pass 5.5 million.
- The WHO warns of ‘second peak’ as countries begin to ease lockdowns.
- The Czech Republic begins to ease border restrictions with Germany and Austria.
May 27th, 2020
- US COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000.
- England to launch ‘test and trace’ system aimed at replacing lockdown restrictions.
- United Nations World Tourism Organization predicts a 70% drop in global tourism this year.
- Global COVID-19 death toll passes 350,000.
- Hospitals in New Zealand cleared of all COVID-19 patients, with only 21 non-hospitalised cases in the country.
May 28th, 2020
- Brazil sees record number of COVID-19 infections with 26,417 new cases.
- Spain to further decrease lockdown restrictions from 1st June as the country enters its phase two.
- Turkey announces restaurants and cafés to reopen June 1st.
- Jordan announces plans to reopen places of worship from June 5th.
May 29th, 2020
- The WHO’s Covid-19 special envoy Dr David Nabarro, warns “this virus has not gone away” despite lockdowns being eased.
- Cases in Seoul, the South Korean capital continue to rise after second outbreak.
- Lockdown restrictions in England continue to ease, with groups of up to six people allowed to meet from June 1st, whilst maintaining strict social distancing rules.
- English Premier League football set to return from June 17th.
May 30th, 2020
- UK to allow vulnerable people who fall under the ‘shielded’ category to go outside and meet one person from another family whilst maintaining social distancing.
- Japans COVID-19 cases rise for the fourth day since the state of emergency was lifted.
- The US withdraws from the WHO after President Donald Trump’s criticism of the organisation’s response to the pandemic.
May 31st, 2020
- Global COVID-19 cases surpass 6 million.
- COVID-19 cases in Brazil pass 500,000, the second most of any country behind the USA.
- Pakistan makes face masks mandatory in public.
June 1st, 2020
- Italy records lowest increase in COVID-19 cases since the end of February, with 178 new infections.
- Mexico begins reopening economic sector under ‘new normal’ plan.
- UK records lowest increase in COVID-19 daily deaths and infections since the end of March.
- Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan tests positive for COVID-19.
- Thailand relaxes some COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
June 2nd, 2020
- Brazil prepares to begin the reopening of Rio De Janeiro despite COVID-19 cases continuing to rise.
- The WHO urges Donald Trump to not terminate the US relationship with the organisation.
- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admits worries that Black Lives Matter protests may risk another COVID-19 outbreak.
June 5th, 2020
- The WHO calls for nations to encourage the increased use of face mask coverings.
- UK COVID-19 death toll surpasses 40,000.
- Mexico sees record increase in COVID-19 cases, with 4,442 new infections.
- UK makes masks compulsory on public transport, starting June 15th.
June 6th, 2020
- Brazil passes 35,000 COVID-19 deaths.
- Global daily confirmed COVID-19 cases rising at over 100,000 a day
- Oxygen tanks, an important weapon against COVID-19, reportedly in short supply in Peru as cases continue to rise.
June 7th, 2020
- Global COVID-19 deaths passes 400,000.
- China says that it immediately informed the WHO of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Delhi reopens borders as India relaxes national lockdown.
- The US centres for disease control and prevention says that it is closely monitoring Black Lives Matter protests across the US amidst fears they could increase COVID-19 transmission.
June 8th, 2020
- Cuba reports no COVID-19 deaths for 9 consecutive days.
- Canada relaxes some border restrictions for immediate family and citizens, yet those entering must quarantine for 14 days.
- Israel halts its reopening, as COVID-19 cases begin to rise again.
- Globe sees highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases, with 136,000 new cases. 75% of which were in South America.
June 9th, 2020
- Global COVID-19 cases reaches 7 million.
- UK records lowest daily COVID-19 death toll since March 22nd, with 55 deaths.
- Moscow relaxes lockdown restrictions, allowing free movement around the city.
- All COVID-19 restrictions in New Zealand, except overseas travel, have been relaxed. No new infections have been reported in the country for two weeks.
June 10th, 2020
- Peru and Colombia see steady increase in COVID-19 cases as Latin America remains the hot spot for the virus.
- Brazil has recorded more than 100,000 COVID-19 cases in the past 5 days.
- Saudi Arabia records highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases.
- The global economy will take at least 2 years to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 11th, 2020
- US reaches 2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases.
- Russia surpasses 500,000 COVID-19 cases.
- Kenya plans to discharge all asymptomatic patients to increase room.
June 12th, 2020
- French government to lift travel restrictions on internal European borders on June 15th.
- Chile reports a spike in COVID-19 cases, the country currently has 160,846 confirmed cases.
- UK to review its 14-day quarantine on those travelling into the country on June 29th.
June 13th, 2020
- US President Donald Trump declares the US will ‘vanquish’ and ‘extinguish’ COVID-19
- Florida researchers say experiments suggest that the COVID-19 pathogen has mutated in a way that makes It infect human cells easier.
- El Salvador announces plans to reopen and restart is economy, beginning June 16th.
June 14th, 2020
- Worldwide COVID-19 death count surpasses 300,000.
- Over 600,000 people have become unemployed in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Brazil tops 200,000 COVID-19 cases.
- Northern Ireland announces it will begin easing lockdown restrictions from Monday 15th of June
June 15th, 2020
- Global coronavirus cases hit 8 million.
- Non-essential shops, zoos and places of worship reopen in the UK.
- Over 100 cases reported in new Beijing outbreak.
June 16th, 2020
- A drug trial finds that a cheap and widely available drug, dexamethasone, could significantly reduce mortality among critically ill coronavirus patients.
- Brazil reported nearly 35,000 new cases in 24 hours – its highest daily figure to date.
- Beijing raises its emergency level and shuts schools over new outbreak in the city.
- Hungarian MPs vote to end emergency powers granted to the Prime Minister to fight coronavirus.
June 17th, 2020
- English Premier League football returns behind closed doors.
- New Zealand military takes over border quarantine, after two arrivals were granted an exemption to leave their 14-day quarantine early.
- Honduras President hospitalised after catching coronavirus.
- Germany extends ban on large events in the country until October
June 18th, 2020
- Global death toll passes 450,000.
- Bank of England announces a £100bn stimulus package to aid economic recovery.
- WHO says it hopes millions of vaccine doses can be produced in 2020 and that 2 billion can be produced by the end of 2021.
- Chinese medical expert says the outbreak in Beijing is back under control though the US questions the reliability of China’s reporting on fresh coronavirus cases.
June 19th, 2020
- UK Chief Medical Officers suggest that the threat level should be lowered to Level 3.
- Brazil passes 1 million coronavirus cases.
- WHO warns of ‘new and dangerous phase’ of coronavirus as pandemic hits 150,000 cases in a day – the highest since the start of the pandemic.
- UK Ministers accused of playing down the pandemic after it was revealed the UK death count exceeded 1000 for 22 consecutive days, significantly higher than the figures given to the public during the government’s daily briefings.
June 20th, 2020
- Greta Thunberg says the world must learn lessons from the pandemic and treat climate change with a similar urgency.
- Spain announces that British visitors will be allowed to enter the country without quarantining.
- Australian state of Victoria reimposes strict restrictions over fears of a second spike.
- Coronavirus reproduction rate jumps to 1.79 in Germany
June 21st, 2020
- Survey by the British Medical Association finds that a large proportion of doctors are not confident in their ability to cope with a second wave.
- Trump hosts a large indoor re-election rally in Tulsa where he nicknames coronavirus ‘kung flu’.
- Cases exceed 2 million in Latin America and Caribbean.
- Pope calls for the world to carry on reducing pollution post lockdown.
June 22nd, 2020
- Number of confirmed coronavirus cases hits 9 million.
- WHO records record number of cases in a 24 hour period.
- UK government announces that those who are shielding can meet groups of up to six outdoors and form a support bubble with one other household from the 6th July.
- Health officials in South Korea say they are experiencing a second wave of coronavirus.
- US government data shows that Black Americans four times as likely to be hospitalised for coronavirus.
- Saudi Arabia closes borders to hajj attendees.
June 23rd, 2020
- WHO urges for a rapid increase in production of dexamethasone, a drug proven to reduce mortality from coronavirus.
- Coronavirus reproduction rate continues to soar in Germany, reaching 2.76.
- England announces that pubs, restaurants and hotels will reopen on the 4th July.
- UN report estimates that in the long term over 100 million children could be pushed into poverty in South Asia due to the knock-on effects of coronavirus.
June 24th, 2020
- Volunteers in the UK, Brazil and South Africa begin to receive injections of vaccine developed by Oxford University.
- IMF estimates that the world economy will take a $12tn hit from the pandemic.
- US coronavirus cases hit highest level for two months.
- UK health officials warn of risk of second wave.
June 25th, 2020
- US government experts think 20 million Americans may have contracted coronavirus, ten times official figures.
- 9.5 millions confirmed worldwide.
- Weekly number of cases rises in Europe for the first time in months.
- ‘Major incident’ declared in England after thousands flock to the coast as lockdown eases and temperatures soar.
- Thousands flock to the streets of Liverpool, despite coronavirus warnings, to celebrate Liverpool winning the Premier LEague.
June 26th, 2020
- US records highest single-day increase in cases of coronavirus so far.
- UK government changes quarantine regulations to allow people to holiday in places such as Spain and Greece.
- Global death toll reaches 490,000.
- PM Boris Johnson calls for people to stop ‘taking liberties’ and stop mass gatherings.
June 27th, 2020
- US coronavirus cases hit 2.5 million.
- Huge demonstrations hit 60 cities in Spain calling for collective rebuilding in the aftermath of the pandemic.
- Global fundraising meeting raises $6.9bn to fight covid-19.
- NHS calls for BAME pregnant women to receive extra coronavirus checks and support due to their higher vulnerability to coronavirus.
June 28th, 2020
- Confirmed coronavirus cases hit 10 million as death toll passes 500,000.
- UK scientists warn of second wave if people do not “sensibly” over the summer months.
- US Health Secretary warns that the “window is closing” on being able to stop the spread of coronavirus.
June 29th, 2020
- 10 new clusters of coronavirus identified in Italy in the last week.
- Lockdown reimposed on Leicester after surge in local infections.
- Boris Johnson says coronavirus has been “an absolute nightmare for the country”.
- Daily cases in India hit 20,000 as lockdown is extended.
June 30th, 2020
- Broadway theatres to remain closed until January 2021.
- WHO states that the pandemic is “not even close to being over”.
- Cases in the US increase 80% in two weeks.
July 1st, 2020
- Global tourism expected to lose up to $3.3tn according to UN report.
- UK businesses cut 11,000 jobs in 2 days.
- United States buys up the majority of supplies of remdesivir, a drug that helps coronavirus patients recover more quickly.
- Brazil death toll passes 60,000.
July 2nd, 2020
- Coronavirus cases in India pass 600,000
- United States records 55,000 cases in one day, the highest daily increase in any country to date.
- Face coverings in shops to become compulsory in Scotland from 10th July.
- Facebook announces it will promote the wearing of masks via Facebook and Instagram alerts.
July 3rd, 2020
- Confirmed coronavirus cases hit 11 million worldwide.
- UK releases list of 50 ‘reduced-risk’ countries which people will not have to quarantine for two weeks after returning from, from the 10th July.
- Tokyo reports over 100 daily case increase for the second day in the row, the largest daily count since the start of May.
- Data reveals cases of coronavirus increased seven-fold in Iraq in June.
July 4th, 2020
- Pubs, restaurants, barbers and places of worship reopen in the UK in what is dubbed ‘Super Saturday’.
- Coronavirus cases increase by 200,000 in 24 hours globally.
- Donald Trump uses his 4th July speech to celebrate America’s impending ‘victory’ over the virus
- Local lockdowns ordered in Melbourne and Northern Spain.
July 5th, 2020
- UK Government announces £1.57bn in support for UK arts industry.
- India reverses plans to reopen the Taj Mahal as country’s infections rise at the fastest rate for three months.
- Kazakhstan reimposes country-wide lockdown after cases surge again.
July 6th, 2020
- Report reveals 13 UK Universities could face insolvency unless they receive a government bailout.
- Brazil hit 1.6 million cases.
- Death toll in the United States hits 130,000.
July 7th, 2020
- Three England pubs close after positive coronavirus tests.
- International students in the US are told they may face deportation if Universities move to online learning.
- Anti-lockdown protestors storm Serbian Parliament.
- US officially notifies the UN of its withdrawal from the WHO.
July 8th, 2020
- UK government unveils £30bn plan to prevent mass unemployment including giving businesses a £1000 bonus for every member of staff they keep on, cutting VAT of food, accommodation and attractions to 5% and providing 50% discounts for the public to eat out in August.
- Brazil’s president tests positive for coronavirus.
- Coronavirus cases in the US hit 3 million.
July 9th, 2020
- Infections worldwide pass 12 million.
- WHO appoints committee to evaluate response to coronavirus pandemic.
- Serbia considers new lockdown as riots continue.
July 10th, 2020
- Hong Kong closes schools earn for Summer after a fresh outbreak.
- UK rejects offer to join the EU’s coronavirus vaccine programme.
- Australia to halve the number of arrivals to the country to 4000 a week to prevent second wave.
July 11th, 2020
- US President, Donald Trump, appears in public wearing a face mask for the first time.
- Large scale protests hit Israel over the government’s handling of the economic crisis brought about by the pandemic.
- Florida’s Walt Disney World reopens despite a surge in cases in the state.
July 12th, 2020
- Oxfam warns that the hunger crisis, which has worsened during the pandemic, could kill more people each day than infection itself.
- Cases worldwide rise by 230,370 in 24 hours, a new record.
- 200 farm workers quarantined in Herefordshire outbreak.
- Hungary implements strict border controls including banning visitors from most of Asia and Africa.
July 13th, 2020
- Beauticians, spas and tanning salons reopen in the UK.
- UN report suggests 130m may go hungry because of coronavirus.
- Wearing face masks in shops to become compulsory in the UK from the 24th July.
July 14th, 2020
- Angela Merkel says the EU summit may not agree on €750bn coronavirus recovery fund.
- Hong Kong tightens social distancing as cases rise once again.
- Coronavirus cases hit 13 million globally.
July 15th, 2020
- Ireland delays easing of lockdown and makes masks compulsory in shops.
- Iran says that 5000 healthcare workers have been infected in the country leading to 140 deaths.
- 160,000 Catalans return to lockdown.
- South Africa passes 300,000 confirmed cases.
July 16th, 2020
- UK claims that Russia has hacked UK, USA and Canadian organisations developing a coronavirus vaccine.
- China’s economy returned to growth in the second quarter.
- Spain reports steepest daily rise in cases for two months.
- Brazil surpasses 2 million cases.
July 17th, 2020
- Cases in India reach 1 million.
- Israel reimposes lockdown measures.
- Study confirms that coronavirus was the direct cause of 9 out of 10 coronavirus related deaths in Italy.
July 18th, 2020
- World Health Organisation records greatest 24 hour increase in coronavirus cases.
- India becomes the third country to reach 1 million coronavirus cases.
- Hong Kong reports 50 locally transmitted cases furthering concerns of a third wave.
July 19th, 2020
- South Africa passes 5000 fatalities.
- UN issues urgent appeal for $283million to help Sudan tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
- Testing numbers half in Bangladesh after a scandal reveals some hospitals issued fake certificates to thousands of patients saying that they were virus free without testing them.
July 20th, 2020
- Major breakthrough in the search for a vaccine as vaccine from the University of Oxford found to provide immunity.
- Trump calls leading US medical expert Dr Anthony Fauci ‘alarmist’ and seeks to block billions of dollars in funding for coronavirus testing.
- Concerns about the rising number of cases in Belgium as the number of new infections increases 66% from 10th-16th July.
July 21st, 2020
- EU leaders announce a £750bn pandemic recovery fund and long term spending plans after days of tense debate.
- US officials charge two Chinese men for allegedly spying on US companies doing coronavirus research.
- Iran records daily death toll of 229, the highest so far in the country.
July 22nd, 2020
- Global cases pass 15 million.
- US daily coronavirus cases pass 1000 for the first time since June.
- European Central Bank Chief, Christine Lagarde, says that women leaders have been better at tackling Covid-19.
- US agrees to pay Pfizer $2bn to recieve 100million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine by December.
July 23rd, 2020
- Donald Trump blames Black Lives Matter protests for surge in cases in America, despite experts saying their is limited evidence to support the claim.
- South Korea falls into recession, recording their worst economic performance for 20 years.
- Australia posed to post largest budget deficit since after World War Two.
July 24th, 2020
- Cases in Europe, including France, Spain and Germany, rise sharply.
- 103 year old man recovers from Coronavirus in make-shift hospital in Pakistan.
July 25th, 2020
- UK Government advises against all but essential travel to Spain and reimposes 14 day self-isolation for those returning from Spain.
- Covid-19 hospitalisations in New York hit lowest levels since the pandemic began.
- Israel’s infections continue to surge, hitting 60,000.
- Sage professor admits the UK will never know the true scale of how many died from coronavirus due to a lack of testing in the early stages of the pandemic.
July 26th, 2020
- WHO says there have been 1 million reported cases weekly for the past five weeks.
- Investigation suggest Spain’s coronavirus death toll could be 60% higher than official figures.
- 500 workers quarantined on a large Bavarian farm after 174 seasonal workers tested positive for the virus.
July 27th, 2020
- Vietnam evacuates 80,000 tourists from Danang.
- UK could impose ‘handbrake restrictions’ on arrivals from countries beyond Spain.
- Warnings issued that the UK economy’s recovery from covid-19 could take 18 months longer than initially predicted.
- Indonesia confirms its 100,000th coronavirus case.
July 28th, 2020
- Data reveals that the number of covid-19 cases doubled in the last six weeks.
- Italy extends its state of emergency until October.
- Twitter restricts Donald Trump Jr’s twitter account for spreading misinformation on covid-19.
- Outbreak in Xinjiang sparks concerns that coronavirus could spread throughout Uighur internment camps in the region.
- The International Monetary Fund approves $4.3bn in aid to South Africa to help it fight the coronavirus pandemic.
July 29th, 2020
- US coronavirus deaths pass 150,000.
- France sees its highest daily increase in cases in over a month.
- Guetemalan hospitals admit they are having to bury unidentified dead bodies.
July 30th, 2020
- UK imposes local lockdown on a number of areas in the North of England.
- Data reveals that the US economy shrank 32.9% between April and June.
- France rules out a second national lockdown despite a surge in cases in Europe.
July 31st, 2020
- Hong Kong postpones its elections for a year.
- UK reverses decision to ease lockdown further on Saturday, postponing the reopening of casinos and bowling alleys for at least two weeks
August 1st, 2020
- Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions.
- Health experts warn that the UK may need to choose between keeping pubs or schools open in order to limit infection rates.
- India reports its highest daily increase in cases with 57,000 new infections in 24 hours.
August 2nd, 2020
- Reports suggest that Boris Johnson has ordered officials to draw up plans for a second national lockdown.
- Australian state of Victoria calls a ‘state of disaster’ as cases in the state continue to soar.
August 3rd, 2020
- UK’s ‘Eat out to help out’ initiative begins, offering 50% off food in participating restaurants, up to the value of £10, every Monday-Wednesday in August in a bid to save the restaurant industry.
- HSBC accelerates plans to cute 35,000 jobs globally and DW Sports enters administration putting 1700 jobs at risk.
August 4th, 2020
- UK Government announces £1.3billion funding for a green economic recovery.
- Scientists warn that improvements in track and trace capabilities are needed for UK schools to reopen.
August 5th, 2020
- Facebook and Twitter remove social media content from Donald Trump which claimed that children are ‘almost immune’ to coronavirus.
- France and Spain record highest number of increase in cases since June.
- Research shows that one American dies every 80 seconds from coronavirus.
August 6th, 2020
- 50 million masks bought for the NHS by the UK Government will not be used due to safety concerns.
- US State Department lifts its advice against travelling during coronavirus pandemic.
- Spain’s health ministry denies it is facing a second wave.
August 7th, 2020
- Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases passes 1 million in Africa, though true scale of the outbreak in the area is unknown.
- Lockdown measures are reintroduced in Preston in a local lockdown.
- India becomes the third country to reach 2 million cases.
- Mexico’s death toll hits 50,00.
August 8th, 2020
- Face coverings must now be worn in museums, cinemas and places of worship in England and Scotland.
- Hundreds in the UK march for fair pay for NHS workers.
August 9th, 2020
- US passes 5 million confirmed cases.
- Brazil hits 100,000 confirmed deaths.
- Nearly 1800 companies in the UK plan to cut 20 or more jobs.
August 10th, 2020
- Number of coronavirus deaths in the UK drops 99% since peak of the pandemic according to the Office for National Statistics.
- Northern Ireland reports first death in almost a month.
August 11th, 2020
- Data shows that the number of employed people in the UK fell by 730,000 between March and July.
- Russia approves rollout of a coronavirus vaccine despite it not yet passing all conventional testing phases.
August 12th, 2020
- UK economy shrank by 20.4% between April and June, the biggest slump on record.
- UK death tolls drops by over 5000 as Government changes the way deaths are counted.
- New Zealand locks down Auckland after 4 new cases found, ending a 102 day streak without local infection.
- India sees record one-day rise in cases.
August 13th, 2020
- Study by Imperial College London suggests 3.4 million people in England have had coronavirus, 10 times higher than official figures.
- UK announces France and the Netherlands will be added to two-week quarantine list from the 15th, causing chaos for holidaymakers
August 14th, 2020
- Lockdowns in the North West of England extended
- Data shows 1 in 4 young people in the US have experienced suicidal thoughts during the pandemic.
- UK fines for refusing to wear a face mask increase to £3200
August 15th, 2020
- South Korea tightens social distancing measures in the capital as cases reach 5 month high.
- UK recommenced the easing of lockdown with indoor play centres, indoor performances and wedding receptions given the go ahead.
August 16th, 2020
- UK Government plans to scrap Public Health England (PHE) and replace it with a specialist pandemic unit due to dissatisfaction with the performance of PHE.
- Trump blocks additional funding for the US postal service despite concerns that the surge in mail-in voting due to the pandemic could mean some ballots do not arrive in time to be counted.
August 17th, 2020
- A-Level and GCSE Students in England given their Centre Assessed Grades after outcry over results given by algorithm which was designed to replace exams after school shutdowns.
- New Zealand delays election for a month due to coronavirus fears.
August 18th, 2020
- WHO warns against ‘vaccine nationalism’
- Australia announces it will manufacture a coronavirus vaccine and give it for free to all citizens.
- Figures show depression among British adults has doubled during pandemic.
- France to make face masks compulsory in all workplaces from the 1st September.
- Ireland tightens coronavirus restrictions until the 13th September as cases surge in the country.
August 19th, 2020
- Australia announces it will provide vaccines to its ‘Pacific family’ and regional partners in South East Asia.
- World Bank calls for greater debt relief for poorer countries during the pandemic.
August 20th, 2020
- First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon announces that Scotland will remain in phase three of its lockdown easing whilst the country manages flare ups of the virus.
- France reports 4,711 new Covid cases over the last 24 hours, a post-lockdown record high.
- The ICRC announces that Covid-19 is significantly worsening the Libya crisis, with an increase from 571 known cases in June to over 9000 on Thursday 20th of August.
August 21st, 2020
- New data from Johns Hopkins University reveals that the global total of Covid-19 cases has surpassed 22.5 million, whilst deaths have increased to over 792,000.
- Irish Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary resigns for breaking Covid guidelines with his attendance to a golf society dinner.
- The World Health Organisation publishes updated guidance on mask-wearing, recommending that children over the age of 12 should comply with the same mask rules as adults.
August 22nd, 2020
- Global Covid death toll reaches 800,000 as cases surmount 23 million.
- China approves human testing for a potential Covid vaccine which is cultivated in insect cells.
- South Korea brings in new nationwide restrictions including bans on large gatherings and churches, as the country struggles to contain its worst Covid resurgence in six months.
August 23rd, 2020
- US President Donald Trump announces emergency authorisation for a new blood plasma treatment for Covid patients, despite as of yet inconclusive evidence about its effectiveness.
- UK chief medical officers publish a statement reaffirming that children are at a low risk of contracting and dying from Covid-19, as the UK government prepares to open schools next month amidst criticism from parents and teachers.
August 24th, 2020
- In Japan, Tokyo reports a decline in new Covid cases to 95, the lowest daily amount since July 8th.
- One of President Donald Trump’s longest serving advisers, Kellyanne Conway, announces that she is leaving the administration at the end of August in order to spend more time with her family.
- The Czech government announces that it is extending its furlough scheme until the end of October.
August 25th, 2020
- The World Health Organization’s Continental Chief for Africa announces reports that Africa’s Covid outbreak could be past its peak, citing a general decline in the number of new cases.
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announces that $320 billion has been lost in exports in the global tourism industry due to the disruption caused by the Covid pandemic.
- American Airlines announces that it will cut 19,000 jobs in the US in October, unless the US government extends its stimulus package for the airline industry.
August 26th, 2020
- The Jordan government announces it will impose a 24-hour lockdown in the capital of Amman in a bid to slow the spread of Covid.
- In response to rising numbers of Covid cases in Germany and Liechtenstein, Norway announces that it will impose a 10-day quarantine on all those arriving from those countries from August 29th.
- The World Economic Forum postpones the 2021 Davos summit from January to next summer, amid fears that the WEF would be unable to host the summit safely in January 2021.
August 27th, 2020
- The World Health Organization’s Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announces that an international team of experts will visit Wuhan in China to study the origins of Covid-19.
- Germany announces that mass public events in the country will remain banned until the end of the year, following talks between Germany’s State leaders and the Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Several US States, including California, Florida and Texas, reject new guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggesting that asymptomatic people exposed to Covid should no longer be tested.
August 28th, 2020
- Covid cases in Latin America surpass 7 million
- Human Rights Watch reports that the Venezuelan security services have been targeting dissenters critical of the Maduro government’s handling of the pandemic.
- The Danish government announces that it will provide financial support to cultural organisations such as sports clubs and theatres.
August 29th, 2020
- Far-right extremists attempt to storm the German parliament after a day of protests over Germany’s coronavirus restrictions.
- Costa Rica annonces it has requested £1.3bn in support from the IMF to deal with the economic fallout of coronavirus in the country.
- Thousands of Israelis protest in Jerusalem calling for the Prime Minister’s resignation over his handling of the pandemic.
August 30th, 2020
- Globally the number of confirmed cases pass 25 million.
- India sets world record number of daily increases in case with 78,761 confirmed cases in 24 hours.
- University and College Union (UCU) warns against UK University campuses reopening in September.
August 31st, 2020
- US passes 6 million confirmed cases.
- Hong Kong announces it will begin mass coronavirus testing in a bid to tackle a third coronavirus wave.
- India’s former President, Pranab Mukherjee, dies of coronavirus.
September 1st, 2020
- Russia passes 1 million confirmed cases.
- Hungary closes its borders and implements stricter restrictions than at the height of the pandemic.
- Household gatherings banned in parts of Glasgow.
- Residential evictions cease in US until 31st December.
September 2nd, 2020
- US refuses to join COVAX, an international effort organised by the WHO, to collectively create and distribute a vaccine.
- Victoria state in Australia extends its state of emergency for another six months.
- Germany rules out a winter lockdown.
- Turkey’s health minister says it is seeing a second peak of coronavirus cases.
- Italy’s former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, tests positive for coronavirus.
September 3rd, 2020
- France announces €100 billion recovery package.
- US health officials plan for an October vaccine rollout.
- Thailand reports its first locally transmitted case of coronavirus for 100 days.
- Brazil hits 4 million confirmed cases.
September 4th, 2020
- WHO warns that widespread vaccination will not be possible until mid 2021.
- Italy’s former PM, Silvio Berlusconi admitted to hospital after contracting coronavirus earlier this week.
- EU calls for member states to contribute more to boost the funds available for vaccines.
September 5th, 2020
- Infections in India reach 4 million.
- Russia’s ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine found to generate antibodies and doesn’t have side-effects according to latest trials.
- Thousands join ‘Covidiot’ rally in Croatia against coronavirus measures.
September 6th, 2020
- A poll in Greece shows that 44% of Greeks would refuse to be vaccinated though in Brazil a similar poll showed only 5% of Brazilians would refuse a vaccine.
- Pope Francis declares that gossip is a ‘plague worse than covid’.
September 7th, 2020
- India overtakes Brazil to become country with the second highest number of coronavirus infections.
- Confirmed cases pass 27 million globally
September 8th, 2020
- Three migrant camps near Athens placed under quarantine
- Spending watchdog declares that the UK’s coronavirus bill has cost the UK Government £210 billion
- OECD suggests that skill losses emerging from the disruption to education could result in a 1.5% decline in global output for the rest of the century
September 9th, 2020
- UK bans gatherings of more than 6 people over fears about a second wave.
- France records over 8500 new cases, its second highest daily increase.
- Leaked documents suggest UK Government is pinning hopes on “Operation Moonshot”, a £100billion mass testing programme, to avoid a second lockdown.
- Facebook states that it won’t remove anti-vaccine posts.
September 10th, 2020
- UN urges countries to find $15billion for its ACT-Accelerator programme in order to find a global solution to the pandemic.
- Global coronavirus death toll passes 900,000.
- Mexico signs deal to buy 32 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine
September 11th, 2020
- Brazil’s death toll passes 130,000.
- France rules out another national lockdown despite cases continuing to surge.
September 12th, 2020
- Oxford University resumes vaccine trial.
- Daily coronavirus cases in Scotland hit a 4 month high.
September 13th, 2020
- Israel announces it will reimpose a three week national lockdown.
- 4000 healthcare workers protest in Brusells calling for more spending on healthcare.
- WHO reports record single-day global increase in coronavirus cases.
September 14th, 2020
- Jordan closes schools, places of worship and restaurants as cases rise.
- Panama lifts 5 month long rule that only allowed men and women outside on different days.
- WHO predicts that Europe will see a rise in coronavirus cases in October and November.
September 15th, 2020
- Unicef reports that half the world’s children are still unable to attend school due to the pandemic.
- South African health minister states that as many as one-fifth of South Africans may have contracted coronavirus.
- The Netherlands hits a daily record of new coronavirus cases.
September 16th, 2020
- Trump claims that coronavirus will just ‘go away’ due to ‘herd mentality’.
- India passes 5 million coronavirus cases.
September 17th, 2020
- France sees new record for the country of over 10,000 daily cases.
- New York delays schools return again.
- WHO warns about “alarming rates of transmission” across Europe.
September 18th, 2020
- France hit another new record of over 13,000 daily cases.
- Trump says he expects to have enough vaccine doses for every American to receive the vaccine by April.
- Coronavirus cases hit 30 million worldwide.
September 19th, 2020
- Doctors in England urge for tighter restrictions.
- Scaled-down version of Oktoberfest goes ahead in Munich.
September 20th, 2020
- US performs one million tests in a day.
- Demonstrators gather in Jerusalem calling for Netanyahu to resign despite national lockdown being in force.
September 21st, 2020
- Pubs in England to shut at 10pm to halt rise in cases.
- 156 countries agree to a covid vaccine allocation deal to ensure equitable access.
- Fears over second UK lockdown wipe £50bn off the FTSE 100.
September 22nd, 2020
- US coronavirus death toll passes 200,000.
- UK records highest daily tally of cases since May as new measures are introduced including encouraging working from home and limiting weddings to 15 people.
- EU Council postponed after its President goes into quarantine after his bodyguard tested positive.
September 23rd, 2020
- France tightens coronavirus measures and introduces new “danger zones” map.
- 600 students at Glasgow University told to self-isolate after outbreak.
- UK PM says climate crisis must not be overshadowed by coronavirus.
September 24th, 2020
- Portugal extends coronavirus measures until mid-October.
- Study finds that coronavirus is continuing to mutate.
- Students in Scotland banned from socialising this weekend to avoid spread of the virus.
September 25th, 2020
- US passes 7 million cases.
- Rio de Janeiro’s carnival postponed for the first time in 100 years.
- Official figures show the UK borrowed £35.9bn in August to tackle economic fallout of coronavirus.
September 26th, 2020
- Anti-lockdown protestors clash with protestors in London.
- Coronavirus cases in Colombia pass 800,000.
- Scotland announces record rise in cases.
September 27th, 2020
- Greece records its first coronavirus death in its migrant community.
- Protests in Madrid over lockdown measures.
- Wales announces a number of local lockdowns.
September 28th, 2020
- Lockdown tightened in North-East England as cases continue to surge.
- Data reveals children 44% less likely to catch coronavirus than adults.
- WHO that rapid covid-19 tests will be rolled out across the world.
September 29th, 2020
- Global death toll passes one million
- World Bank announces $12bn to help poorer countries buy covid-19 vaccines.
- Disney lay off 28,000 staff across its parks.
- Boris Johnson apologises for ‘misspeaking’ after accidentally contradicting government regulations in a press briefing.
September 30th, 2020
- Czech Republic enters state of emergency to try and control a surge in cases.
- Italian senate suspended after two members contract coronavirus.
- Projections by Air Transport Action Group suggest that 46 million jobs could be lost globally due to the reduction in global travel.
October 1st, 2020
- Covid cases have continued to double in areas of the UK under local lockdowns.
- SNP MP Margaret Ferrier suspended after she took a train from London to Scotland despite testing positive for coronavirus.
- France records 9% daily increase in infections
October 2nd, 2020
- US President Donald Trump and the first lady test positive for coroanvirus.
- Denmark to cull 1 million mink after coronavirus infections found among animals in mink farms.
- Lebanon orders lockdown of 100 towns and villages as cases rise.
- EU launches safety review of remdesivir after some patients being given the drug report severe kidney problems.
October 3rd, 2020
- Donald Trump releases video message saying he is “doing well” after being taken to hospital with covid-19.
- France reports 16,972 new cases, another daily record for the country.
- Thousands of Israelis protest lockdown measures, despite new regulations designed to limit anti-government demonstrations.
- Tunisia bans all public gatherings and reduces working hours for those in the public sector.
October 4th, 2020
- Global cases pass 35 million.
- UK reports 22,961 cases in 24 hours but blame attributed to backlogs in case reporting.
- All bars in Paris to close from Tuesday.
- Donald Trump briefly leaves the hospital to make a drive-by appearance waving at supporters from his car.
October 5th, 2020
- President Trump leaves hospital.
- Contact tracing error means that 50,000 contacts may not have been traced.
- Irish government rejects recommendations by health chiefs to go into lockdown and instead tightens restrictions.
October 6th, 2020
- Finland records its highest daily number of covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
- Facebook and Twitter take action on posts by Trump that compared covid-19 to the flu.
October 7th, 2020
- Brazil hits 5 million coronavirus cases.
- Italy makes masks compulsory outdoors.
- Brussels closes cafes and bars.
- Scotland bans drinking indoors in licensed premises for 16 days.
- Singapore offers financial incentive to encourage pregnancies due to concerns over the impact of the pandemic on the country’s already low birth rate.
October 8th, 2020
- WHO reports record one-day rise in global case numbers.
- Partial lockdowns rejected by courts in Spain because it “impacted on the rights and fundamental freedoms” of residents.
- Hospitals in Paris postpone non-essential operations due to a rise in hospital admittances.
October 9th, 2020
- Justin Trudeau warns that Canada has reached a ‘tipping point’ in its second wave of the pandemic.
- Europe records 100,000 cases in 24 hours for the first time.
- Spain declares state of emergency to allow it to keep Madrid in partial lockdown.
October 10th, 2020
- Brazil hits 150,000 coronavirus deaths.
- France reports 26,000 new cases in one day.
October 11th, 2020
- India passes 7 million cases.
- Russia records its highest daily increase in cases.
October 12th, 2020
- UK announces a new three-tier system for covid restrictions in England, with many regions in the North of England immediately entering the higher tiers of restrictions.
- WHO calls herd immunity “scientifically and ethically problematic”
- France reports 3 month high in ICU admissions for covid-19.
- Johnson and Johnson temporarily pause trials due to unexplained illness in the study.
October 13th, 2020
- President Trump holds a large outdoor rally in Florida after recovering from covid-19.
- Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer, calls for the UK Government to impose a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown on the UK.
- Russian regulator gives approval for the use of Sputnik V vaccine on over 60s.
October 14th, 2020
- France imposes 9pm curfew on nine French cities including Paris.
- Youtube announces it will remove anti-coronavirus vaccine content from the site.
- Spain closes bars and restaurants in Catalonia for 15 days.
- Northern Ireland announces 4 week closure of pubs and restaurants.
October 15th, 2020
- MPs in the North-West of England reject being moved into ‘Tier 3’ due to concerns about the regional economic impact.
- Infections in France increase by over 30,000 in 24 hours for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
- President of the European Commission goes into self-isolation after a colleague tests positive.
October 16th, 2020
- US surpasses 8 million cases.
- Anthony Fauci tells Americans to rethink their traditional Thanksgiving plans.
- Belgium announces closure of all its cafes and restaurants for four weeks.
- UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, claims Russia is trying to sow seeds of confusion over UK vaccine.
October 17th, 2020
- Coronavirus deaths in Iran exceed 30,000.
- World sees record 400,000 cases in one day.
- Leaked letter suggests Wales will enter a two-week circuit breaker lockdown from the 23rd October.
- London, Essex and York enter Tier 2 restrictions.
October 18th, 2020
- Europe passes 250,000 coronavirus deaths.
- Twitter removes anti-mask tweet by top US coronavirus adviser.
October 19th, 2020
- Ireland imposes touch coronavirus restrictions, including banning people from travelling more than 5km from their home.
- Wales announces two week ‘firebreak’ lockdown
- Chief scientific advisor warns that the UK won’t get a covid-19 vaccine until spring.
- Live coronavirus found on food packaging in China
October 20th, 2020
- UK Government forces tighter restrictions on Greater Manchester after failing t reach an agreement with local politicians
- UK to try the first coronavirus ‘challenge trials’, infecting young people with the virus to speed up vaccine development.
- Iran and Russia report record high in coronavirus cases.
October 21st, 2020
- Spain surpasses one million coronavirus cases.
- German health minister tests positive for coronavirus.
- US claims it will have enough doses of successful coronavirus vaccines to vaccinate most vulnerable Americans by the end of the year.
- Scotland announces a five-tier coronavirus system, mirroring England’s three-tier system.
October 22nd, 2020
- Greece announces it will impose a curfew in a number of high risk areas.
- Wales announces that supermarkets in Wales will only be allowed to sell essentials during their firebreak lockdown.
October 23rd, 2020
- AstraZeneca resumes vaccine trial in the US after it was paused on the 6th September after a UK participant suffered a serious neurological illness.
- Scientists warn that US is on track to hit 500,000 deaths by the end of February.
- Dr Anthony Fauci, US infectious disease expert, says Whitehouse meetings about coronavirus have become less frequent, despite cases rising in much of the US.
October 24th, 2020
- France, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg and Austria all hit record daily increases in coronavirus cases.
- Health Minister in Czech Republic announces that the number of coronavirus deaths has doubled in two weeks.
- Tens of thousands of anti-lockdown protestors march in London leading to 18 arrests.
- University and College Union (UCU) send pre-action letter to the UK Government arguing that keeping Universities open for face-to-face teaching is illegal.
October 25th, 2020
- Italy introduces a raft of new coronavirus restrictions with people strongly advised not to leave their homes unless it is for work, health or education purposes.
- Spain declares a nationwide state of emergency.
October 26th, 2020
- Protests and looting in Italy against new coronavirus restrictions are met with teargas by police.
- Belgian health officials warn that intensive care unit in the country will be overrun within a fortnight if the current rate of infection continues.
- President Trump says claims that US cases are rising is a ‘fake news conspiracy’ and is down to extensive testing in the US.
- China tests 4.7million people in a city in Xinjiang, discovering 137 asymptomatic cases.
October 27th, 2020
- Airport Councils Europe warns that 193 European airports could face insolvency within months if passenger traffic doesn’t rebound by year-end.
- Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, is hospitalised with coronavirus.
- Italy hits highest 24 hour death toll since May.
October 28th, 2020
- 11 European countries hit their highest 24 hour case number or death tolls since pandemic began.
- France and Germany both impose month long national lockdowns.
- White House lists ‘Ending the covid-19 pandemic’ as one of President Trump’s accomplishments, despite nearly half a million Americans testing positive for coronavirus in a week.
October 29th, 2020
- EU announces it will finance the transferring of patients between nations in the bloc to stop hospitals being overwhelmed.
- West Yorkshire moves into Tier 3 restrictions.
- Greece imposes regional lockdowns in 3 areas.
- India passes 8 million cases.
October 30th, 2020
- US passes 9 million coronavirus cases.
- Belgium tightens lockdown restrictions, closing non-essential retail and restricting household visits from Monday.
- WHO declares that “Europe is at the epicenter of this pandemic once again”.
- Brazil health minister hospitalised after testing positive for covid-19.
October 31st, 2020
- UK announces 4 week national lockdown in England with non-essential retail closed and pubs and restaurants closed except for takeaways. Schools, universities and courts will remain open.
- UK passes 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases.
- Number of coronavirus related hospitalizations hit new highs in 14 European countries this week.
- Austria announces night-time curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants.
- US hits new world record of almost 90,000 new daily coronavirus cases to take it passed 9 million coronavirus cases.
November 1st, 2020
- US infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, warns that the US should prepare for a ‘whole lot of hurt’, predicting that the country will see 100,000 cases a day over winter.
- Spain sees a weekend of violent protests and looting after it announced a six month state of emergency.
- The UK’s Brexit party announces it will rebrand as ‘Reform UK’, an anti-lockdown party.
- Iran’s medical council wants that its coronavirus death toll is likely 3 times higher than official figures suggest.
- Research suggests that President Trump’s rallies have led to 30,000 extra coronavirus cases in America and 700 additional deaths.
- Slovakia test almost half of its population, in a two day mass testing programme to bring coronavirus under control.
November 2nd, 2020
- Head of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, enters self-isolation after being in contact with someone with covid-19.
- President Trump breaks coronavirus curfew at his rally in Florida and threatens to fire Anthony Fauci after the US election, claiming ‘he’s been wrong on a lot’.
- Global death toll passes 1.2 million.
November 3rd, 2020
- Europe passes 11 million coronavirus cases.
- Hungary to close bars and entertainment venues and impose night-time curfew.
- The Netherlands bans public meetings of more than two people not from the same household.
- China works positive coronavirus narrative into the school curriculum.
- Denmark suspends parliamentary voting after lawmakers test positive.
November 4th, 2020
- France records over 40,000 new cases in 24 hours.
- Lithuania announces 3 week national lockdown.
- Cyprus imposes night time curfew.
November 5th, 2020
- UK extends its furlough scheme until the end of March.
- UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab goes into self-isolation.
- Irish health officials declare that it is on track to have the virus under control by the end of November.
- Outbreak at a mink factory leads to tightening of restrictions in Northern Denmark.
- WHO warns that covid-19 is having a knock-on effect on health services in Africa.
November 6th, 2020
- France (60,486) and Italy (37,809) record huge new record daily increases in cases.
- Portugal declares a state of health emergency.
- European coronavirus-related deaths pass 300,000.
November 7th, 2020
- France surpasses 40,000 coronavirus related deaths.
- Hospitals in Greater Manchester suspend non-urgent care.
- President Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, tests positive for coronavirus.
- The Queen wears a maskin public for the first time.
November 8th, 2020
- Global coronavirus infections pass 50 million.
- Hundreds of protestors gather in Manchester to protest England’s national lockdown.
- Nigel Farage relaunches the ‘Brexit Party’ as Reform UK in opposition to lockdowns.
November 9th, 2020
- Pfizer announces that its vaccine is 90% effective.
- US President-elect announces a coronavirus advisory board to manage the US’ response to coronavirus.
- UK vaccine expert says life should return to normal by Spring.
November 10th, 2020
- Senior Tory backbenchers form rebel group to oppose any move to extend England’s national lockdown beyond the 2nd December.
- UK reports its highest daily death toll since May.
- Brazil passes 5.7 million coronavirus cases.
November 11th, 2020
- Texas becomes the first US state with more than 1 million coronavirus cases.
- Italy passes 1 million coronavirus cases.
- South Africa opens up travel to all countries despite having the highest number of coronavirus cases in the region.
November 12th, 2020
- First cruise ship to sail the Caribbean since the pandemic announces it has 5 coronavirus cases onboard
- US hits 10.5 million coronavirus cases.
- French PM announces that one in four deaths in France are coronavirus related.
November 13th, 2020
- The number of coronavirus cases hits 50 million worldwide.
- Economists at Deutsche bank propose that people should pay a 5% tax for each day they work from home to get economies moving.
- Data from Public Health England suggests that people with learning difficulties are 6 times more likely to die from coronavirus in England.
November 14th, 2020
- Global death toll reaches 1.3 million with over 53 million cases.
- Anti-lockdown protests in Bristol result in 14 arrests.
- Iran imposes new lockdown restrictions with non-essential businesses to shut and cars banned from leading 100 towns and cities, including Tehran.
- Lebanon starts new two-week national lockdown.
November 15th, 2020
- Boris Johnson forced to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS test and trace app after coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.
- India flies doctors from other parts of the country to New Delhi to control the spread of coronavirus in the capital.
- Greece bans public gatherings of more than four people and closes schools.
- US passes 11 million coronavirus cases.
November 16th, 2020
- Moderna claims research shows its vaccine is 94.5% effective.
- Norwegian politicians agree on a £1.84 billion economic support package to help the country recover from coronavirus.
- Data shows the US recorded 1 million coronavirus cases last week.
- Amnesty International claims Belgium “abandoned” elderly people who died in care homes during the pandemic.
November 17th, 2020
- US President-elect Joe Biden states that Donald Trump’s refusal to cooperate with the White House transition will cost lives because of coronavirus.
- UK records 598 deaths, the highest since the 12th May.
- British Airways announces it is trialling a coronavirus testing system for passengers travelling to the UK from three American airports.
November 18th, 2020
- New data shows the Pfizer vaccine to be 95% effective.
- Switzerland’s ICU beds reach full capacity.
- Research hospital in Minnesota announces that 900 employees have caught covid-19 in two weeks.
November 19th, 2020
- Brexit negotiations are suspended after an EU negotiator tests positive for covid-19.
- US Centre for disease control warns people not to travel for Thanksgiving celebrations.
- Northern Ireland announces it will go into a tougher two week lockdown with non-essential shops shutting from the 27th November.
November 20th, 2020
- UK Health Minister, Matt Hancock, states that Pfizer vaccine could be rolled out from next month.
- Portugal approves 15 day extension of state of emergency.
- California imposes curfew on the majority of its residents as the US records its highest daily number of deaths since May.
- Canadian Prime Minister warns that rise it is seeing in covid-19 cases could overwhelm the healthcare system.
November 21st, 2020
- Portugal bans domestic travel and closes schools around two national holidays to try and halt the spread of coronavirus before Christmas.
- Hundreds of people in Merthyr Tydfil given rapid coronavirus tests in a pilot mass testing scheme.
- Observer/Opinium poll shows Christmas in lockdown is preferred by UK citizens over new January restrictions.
November 22nd, 2020
- G20 leaders pledge to “spare no effort” in ensuing equitable distribution of vaccines globally but make no concrete commitments on how to achieve this.
- Public health advisors warn that rising coronavirus cases in the Gaz strip could overwhelm health services by next week.
- Ministers across the UK endorse a shared objective of “some limited additional household bubbling for a small number of days” over Christmas.
- Lab-confirmed coronavirus cases pass 1.5 million in the UK.
November 23rd, 2020
- UK Government says it hopes to innoculate all those most at risk from Covid-19 by Easter.
- Boris Johnson details his “Covid Winter Plan” to the UK which includes a tightened three-tier system in England post-lockdown.
- Spain’s King Felipe VI goes into self-isolation after contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
- Italy records 630 new Covid-19 deaths bringing total to over 50,000.
November 24th, 2020
- UK announces plans that families can bubble in three-household groups from the 23rd-27th December for Christmas.
- France announces a three-stage easing of restrictions beginning with the opening of non-essential businesses.
- 13 African countries come together to launch the largest clinical trial of Covid-19 treatments on the continent
November 25th, 2020
- Coronavirus cases pass 60 million globally while the Americas report 1.5 million in 7 days, the highest weekly number since the start of the pandemic.
- Analysis suggests the UK trace-and-trace system reached 58% of close contacts of people in the west affected areas for Covid-19 since September.
- A senior leader of India’s Congress party, Ahmed Patel, dies of Covid-19.
November 26th, 2020
- France reports 13,563 new coronavirus infections down from 21,150 a week ago, following weeks of lockdown measures.
- British stocks fall after Matt Hancock announces that over a third of the population will remain under tough Covid-19 restrictions at the end of the national lockdown.
- The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention warns that mass vaccination against Covid-19 is unlikely to start in Africa until midway through 2021.
- US President Donald Trump announces that deliveries of a coronavirus vaccine will begin in the US next week.
November 27th, 2020
- Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, states that half of Canadians will have the coronavirus vaccine by September.
- Hospitals in England are told to prepare for a rollout of the coronavirus vaccine in 10 days.
- Denmark plans to exhume 17 million mink slaughtered to curb the spread of a mutant strain of coronavirus.
- South Korea’s intelligence agency claims it foils attempts by North Korea to disrupt developments of a coronavirus vaccine.
- More than 1300 people in the UK wrongly told they have coronavirus after a lab error.
November 28th, 2020
- Boris Johnson appoints Nadhim Zahawi as the minister in charge of the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.
- UK secures another 2 million doses of the Moderna vaccine while more than 150 people are arrested in London at an anti-lockdown protest.
November 29th, 2020
- WHO delivers 15 ventilators to hospitals in Gaza as cases soar.
- Doctors and nurses in Spain protest aginst cuts which they say have left them unable to cope with the pandemic.
- Children in Iraq return to school for the first time since February while New York prepares to reopen schools on the 7th December.
November 30th, 2020
- Final results show the Moderna vaccine to be 94% effective and nobody who was given the vaccine in test trials developed severe disease.
- Pus, bars and restaurants in wales are banned from serving alcohol and forced to shut at 6pm.
- Croatia’s PM Andrej Plenković tests positive for Covid-19.
- WHO warns that spending time with loved ones at Christmas is “not worth putting them or yourself at risk”.
December 1st, 2020
- MPs approved the UK government’s plan for a tougher tiered system for England with 78 MPs, including 53 Tory MPs, voting against the Government.
- BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna file for EU approval of Covid-19 vaccine.
December 2nd, 2020
- European Medicines Agency criticises the UK’s decision to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine arguing that the UK has prioritised speed over public faith in the vaccine.
- Interpol warns that organised crime networks may attempt to sell fake Covid-19 vaccines or to steal real ones.
- Germany extends its coronavirus restrictions until the 10th January.
December 3rd, 2020
- Global coronavirus toll passes 1.5 million and UK death toll passes 60,000 (according to UK government statistics)
- US President-elect Biden states that in his inauguration speech he will ask Americans to wear face masks for his first 100 days in office.
- Facebook announces that it will remove false claims about coronavirus vaccines from its sites.
- Former US Presidents Obama, Clinton and Bush pledge to take coronavirus vaccine, and potentially take it on TV, to increase faith in the vaccine.
December 4th, 2020
- WHO warns against complacency generated by the creation of successful vaccines, warning that the pandemic still has a long way to go.
- Bahrain becomes the second country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
December 5th, 2020
- Russia delivers its Sputnik V vaccine to 70 clinics to begin mass immunisation programme.
- Iran’s death toll passes 50,000.
- UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, states that a coronavirus vaccine could lead to loosening of coronavirus restrictions by March.
- UK Labour Leader, Keir Starmer, enters self-isolation.
December 6th, 2020
- Italy’s death toll passes 60,000.
- US hits record daily increase in coronavirus cases for the third day running.
- Tunisia extends night-time curfew until the end of the year as cases rise.
December 7th, 2020
- Italy’s interior minister, Luciana Lamorgese, discovers during a cabinet meeting that she has coronavirus.
- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announces that the Government will provide a free Covid-19 vaccine to all Brazilians.
December 8th, 2020
- UK administers its first does of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine outside of clinical trials.
- Hong Kong imposes new coronavirus restrictions.
- US deaths surge to 2,200 a day, reaching the levels seen in April.
December 9th, 2020
- Canada becomes the third country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
- Study suggests that Covid-19 was circulating in Italy in November 2019.
- Russian official warns against drinking alcohol in the weeks following receiving the Sputnik V vaccine.
December 10th, 2020
- US records more than 3000 deaths in 24 hours for the first time.
- Israel abandons plans for a curfew which would have been in place over Hannukah.
- London hits 191.8 cases per 100,000 people, the highest rate for any area in England.
- Concerns raised that the decomposing bodies of the mink culled in Denmark over coronavirus fears may have contaminated the groundwater.
December 11th, 2020
- Portugal hits its highest number of deaths in 24 hours since the pandemic began.
- World Health Organisation argues that Christmas celebrations could turn to ‘sadness’ if people fail to be vigilant over the Christmas period.
- Preliminary data suggests that rapid coronavirus tests rolled out in Liverpool missed half of cases.
- Scientists identify mutations in five genes associated with the development of life-threatening illness from Covid-19 which could help the development of drugs to reduce the effects of the disease.
December 12th, 2020
- The United States records nearly 250,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
- Polling shows that 22% of Brazilians would not take the coronavirus vaccine.
- Peru suspends trials for China’s Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine after participant experiences ‘serious adverse event’ although it is not known whether it is linked to the vaccine.
- Italy overtakes the UK as the European country with the highest coronavirus death toll.
December 13th, 2020
- Greenwich council asks all schools to close early for Christmas to curb the spread of infections.
- Spanish health minister states that Spain could hit herd immunity by Summer 2021.
- Bahrain approves China’s Sinopharm vaccine.
- Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini passes away four weeks after testing positive for Covid-19.
December 14th, 2020
- WHO declares that Santa Claus is immune to coronavirus.
- Canada begins its vaccination programme.
- Polish health minister warns that Poland could face a third wave of coronavirus.
December 15th, 2020
- Eight European states announce that they will coordinate the start of their Covid-19 vaccination campaigns.
- Turkey records 235 deaths in 24 hours, its highest number since the pandemic began.
December 16th, 2020
- Germany announces that it will begin to roll out BioNTech/Pfizer Covid vaccine on 27 December.
- Twitter bans harmful false claims about Covid-19 vaccinations.
- Internal documents suggest that the ‘COVAX’ scheme, designed to ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccine, faces a “very high risk” of failure.
- The number of confirmed cases in Brazil hits 7 million.
December 17th, 2020
- French President, Emmanuel Macron, tests positive for Covid-19 forcing a number of European leaders into self-isolation.
- Northern Ireland announces a 6 week lockdown from Boxing day.
- King of Sweden condemns Sweden’s ‘failed’ response to coronavirus.
December 18th, 2020
- Italy announces new national lockdown between 24-27th December and December 31st- January 3rd, while Austria announces that it will reintroduce lockdown from the 26th December.
- Frances coronavirus death toll passes 60,000.
December 19th, 2020
- A new strain of coronavirus identified in South East England and date suggests it could be 70% more transmissible.
- The total number of coronavirus cases globally passes 75 million.
- The UK announces changes to planned relaxation of rules over Christmas with relaxation period cut to just Christmas day and much of London and the South East being moved into a new Tier 4 in which rules will not be relaxed over Christmas.
- Scotland announces travel ban with the rest of the UK.
December 20th, 2020
- A significant number of countries including Turkey, Iran, France and Sweden impose travel restrictions on passengers from the UK to avoid the spread of the new strain of coronavirus.
- Italy records its first case of the mutated virus.
December 21st, 2020
- US President-elect Joe Biden receives the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on live television.
- A number of airlines announce that they will require passengers from the UK to provide proof of negative Covid-19 tests before allowing them to travel.
- The number of people in the UK who have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine reaches 500,000.
- UK supermarkets warn that there may be food shortages if border issues with France are not resolved quickly.
- The EU approves the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
December 22nd, 2020
- AstraZeneca states that it believes its vaccine should be effective against the new strain of coronavirus.
- Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is forced to apologise for breaching coronavirus regulations by removing her face covering at a funeral.
- NHS leaders raise concerns that the vaccine rollout is not happening quickly enough.
December 23rd, 2020
- UK Government announces that more areas of the UK will be moved into Tier 4 from Boxing Day.
- Argentine becomes the first Latin American company to approve Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.
- Northern Ireland identifies a case of the new mutated strain of Covid-19.
December 24th, 2020
- Another new variant of Covid-19 is discovered in Nigeria.
- Study suggests that England could face more Covid-19 deaths in the next six months than in the whole of 2020 unless restrictions are increased.
- London confirmed as the UK’s Coronavirus hotspot with more than 2% of Londoners having the virus. Meanwhile, infection rates increase in every region of England.
- Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica begin vaccination programmes.
- Italy passes 2 million coronavirus cases.
December 25th, 2020
- Queen Elizabeth praises the British people for ‘rising magnificently to the challenges of the year’ in her Christmas day message while another 570 deaths are recorded on Christmas day taking the overall UK death toll over 70,000.
- Pope Francis uses Christmas day message to urge countries to share vaccines.
- Ireland confirms that the mutated virus first identified in the UK has been found in Ireland.
December 26th, 2020
- Data shows that 1 in 1000 Americans have died from Covid-19 in less than a year.
- Global coronavirus cases pass 80 million.
- Japan bans foreign nationals from entering the country from Monday until the end of January after multiple cases of the new strain of the virus were found in the country.
- Sweden identifies its first case of the new strain of coronavirus.
December 27th, 2020
- EU launches its vaccination programme.
- Beijing begins testing 800,000 residents after two locally transmitted cases of coronavirus are identified.
- Norway and Canada both identify cases of the new strain of Covid-19 first sequenced in the UK.
December 28th, 2020
- President Trump signs $900 billion coronavirus relief package into law avoiding a partial government shutdown. He had previously refused to sign the bill criticising it for “wasteful spending”.
- Uk reports over 40,000 cases in 24 hours for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
- Russia announces that its coronavirus death toll is three times higher than previously recorded.
- Hundreds of Britons flee a Swish ski resort after a mandatory quarantine was imposed after the new Covid variant was identified in the area.
December 29th, 2020
- UK records over 50,000 infections in 24 hours for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
- India reports six cases of the new COVID variant first identified in the UK.
- South Africa bans the sale of alcohol and extends its nighttime curfew as it battles its own variant of COVID-19.
- Spain announces it will maintain a registry of those who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.
December 30th, 2020
- Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine approved for use in the UK.
- UK announces plans to delay second-stage vaccinations and prioritise giving more people their first vaccine in order to curb the spread of the virus more quickly.
- China administers 3 million doses of the vaccine in two weeks and approves its first homegrown vaccine developed by Sinopharm.
December 31st, 2020
- World Health Organisation lists Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use, enabling countries to approve vaccine use more quickly.
- Brazil detects two cases of the new variant of Covid-19 first found in the UK.
- Wisconsin police arrest a hospital employee for deliberately spoiling 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine.
January 1st, 2021
- US passes 20 million coronavirus cases.
- Large crowds gather in Wuhan to celebrate the New Year while New Years celebrations are cancelled in much of Europe and America.
January 2nd, 2021
- US announces it won’t follow the UK’s decision to delay the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
- More than 1000 fines are issued after illegal New Years rave in the French countryside.
- Vietnam reports its first case of new strain of Covid-19, first found in the UK.
January 3rd, 2021
- UK death toll passes 75,000.
- Brazil approves import of 2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine though the vaccine is not yet approved for use in the country.
- 6 people re-entering Greece from the UK identified as having the new strain of Covid-19.
- Ireland passes 100,000 cases.
- India approves use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and a locally developed vaccine.
January 4th, 2021
- England enters third national lockdown with schools closed and people allowed to leave their homes once a day for exercise for the next six weeks at least.
- BioNTech and Pfizer warn that the safety and efficacy of the vaccine cannot be guaranteed if booster shots are given later than was tested in trials.
- UK becomes the first country to administer the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
January 5th, 2021
- GCSEs and A-Level examinations cancelled in the UK for 2020/21 as the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty announces that 1 in 50 people in the UK has coronavirus.
- Germany extends its national lockdown until the end of January.
- The UK records over 60,000 cases in 24 hours for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
January 6th, 2021
- European Medicines Agency approves use of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine.
- China blocks arrival of WHO officials sent to investigate the origins of coronavirus, claiming that their visas had not yet been approved.
- Japan hits newly daily record of coronavirus cases (6001) in 24 hours.
- Portugal extends its state of emergency.
- Ireland tightens lockdown restrictions, closing schools and construction for at least three weeks.
- Arizona declared Covid-19 ‘hot spot of the world’ by health officials, recording the highest levels of coronavirus cases in the United States.
January 7th, 2021
- Europe passes 25 million coronavirus cases.
- Israel Prime Minister claims that all over-16s in the country will be vaccinated by March.
- UK records 1162 coronavirus deaths, the highest figure since April.
- Russia passes 60,000 coronavirus deaths.
January 8th, 2021
- NHS England announces that NHS health and social care staff will be given immediate priority on receiving the vaccine, with the majority vaccinated before February.
- United States records 290,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours, a new record.
- Iran bans the import of vaccine produced by the US and the UK because “it’s not unlikely they would want to contaminate other nations”.