DURBAN - The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus a pandemic, on March 11. Globally there are more than one million confirmed cases and over 69, 000 deaths.
According to a paper published on January 24 in The Lancet medical journal, the first known Coronavirus patient was in Wuhan China and began developing symptoms on 1 December 2019.
, China alerts WHO on several cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan, the virus was still unknown.
WHO officials announce that they have identified a new virus.
, China announces the first death due to the virus.
, Thailand confirms its first case.
, Japan confirms its first case of the virus.
, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom confirm their first cases of the virus.
, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, United States of America, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam confirm first cases of the virus.
, Belgium confirms first case of the virus, found in a person who was repatriated from Wuhan, China.
, France records first coronavirus death.
, Egypt becomes the first country in Africa to report a case. Once it arrived on the continent, the virus spread to over 30 countries in less than a month.
, The virus emerges in Iran.
Israel reports its first confirmed case of the coronavirus after a woman who returned from a cruise ship tested positive.
, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Afghanistan and Oman all reported their first cases of the virus.
, The virus emerges in Norway, Romania, Greece, Georgia, Pakistan, North Macedonia and Brazil.
, Estonia, Denmark, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands report their first coronavirus cases.
Lithuania and Wales confirm first cases of the virus.
, Qatar confirms first case of the virus.
, The virus emerges in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
South Africa announces first coronavirus case.
Lebanon, Morocco and Democratic Republic of Congo confirm first cases of the virus.
, Turkey, Ivory Coast, Honduras and Bolivia confirm first cases of the virus.
Somalia confirms first case of the virus.
, Italy records the highest one-day death toll of 475 than any nation.
Europe remains the epicenter of the coronavirus
, South Africa imposes a 21-day lockdown and the total number of coronavirus cases globally surpassed 500,000.
, the number of deaths in the US from coronavirus surpassed those reported by China.
, the global total of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 1 million.
, South African government announces the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as being: 1655 with 11 deaths.
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