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.