2020.04.13
2020.04.12
2020.04.11
2020.04.10
First Case
๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ช Yemen
2020.04.09
Boris Johnson Leaves ICU
"Prime Minister Boris Johnson left intensive care...as he continues to recover...but he remains under close observation in hospital..."
2020.04.08
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด Somalia
2020.04.07
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ Malawi
2020.04.06
2020.04.05
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ South Sudan
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง Barbados
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น Haiti
Hungarian Parliament Gives Prime Minister Unlimited Emergency Powers
"Hungary is no more a democracy. Instead, we have a hybrid regime. Some call it electoral autocracy, others competitive authoritarianism. So not a democracy nor a dictatorship, but something in between."
Boris Johnson Admitted to Hospital
"This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus...officials emphasized that it had not been an emergency admission."
First Non-Domesticated Animal Tests Positive
"One of the [Bronx] zoo's Malayan tigers...has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. Six other big cats are also showing symptoms of the illness."
2020.04.04
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ผ Kuwait
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ท Suriname
2020.04.03
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Falkland Islands
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Kyrgyzstan
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡พ Libya
2020.04.02
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ Malawi
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Zambia
1,000,000 Confirmed Cases Worldwide
2020.04.01
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Bahamas
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป El Salvador
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Isle of Man
St. Maarten
900,000 Confirmed Cases Worldwide
2020.03.31
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎ Burundi
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Sierra Leone
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ท Mauritania
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Myanmar
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Senegal
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Tanzania
800,000 Confirmed Cases Worldwide
Study Suggests Asymptomatic Spread Is A Driving Force
A study by Lucas Ferretti of Oxford University suggests 1/3 - 1/2 of infections are caused by asymptomatic spread. (Paper: https://bit.ly/2Rz8505)
2020.03.30
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Botswana
First Death
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Ivory Coast
2020.03.29
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด Bolivia
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Mali
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ Uruguay
700,000 Confirmed Cases Worldwide
2020.03.28
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ต Northern Mariana Islands, US
First Death
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Jordan
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ Monaco
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka
600,000 Confirmed Cases Worldwide
WHO Official Dodges Question Regarding Taiwan's Handling of Pandemic
"I'm sorry, I couldn't hear your question." "Okay, let me repeat the question," she said. "No, that's okay. Let's move to another one then..."
First Infant Death
"An infant who tested positive for the coronavirus has died...It was the first known death of a child younger than a year old with the virus in the US..."
2020.03.27
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ Brunei
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ Togo
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Uzbekistan
US Stimulus Bill Passes Congress and Signed By Pres
"The far-reaching legislation stands as the largest emergency aid package in US history." (Bill Summary: https://bit.ly/2UF40bA)
Boris Johnson Tests Positive
"Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating in Downing Street."
2020.03.26
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ณ St. Kitts and Nevis
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ Honduras
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ Kazakhstan
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Kenya
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Nicaragua
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช Venezuela
500,000 Confirmed Cases Worldwide
2020.03.25
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌ British Virgin Islands
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Mali
2020.03.24
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡พ Libya
First Death
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Cameroon
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia
400,000 Confirmed Cases Worldwide
2020.03.23
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ Belize
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Grenada
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Mozambique
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Myanmar
First Death
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป Cape Verde
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Gambia
Man Dies After Self-Medicating with Chloroquine
"A Phoenix-area man is dead and his wife is under critical care after the two took chloroquine phosphate in an apparent attempt to self-medicate for the novel coronavirus..."
Streaming Deprioritized as Many Work From Home
"[Streaming services are] committed to reduce the quality of their streaming videos in an attempt to preserve bandwidth and keep internet connections stable, as people are forced to work from home to limit the spread of coronavirus."
Xenophobic Sentiment Flares
"As bigots blame them for the coronavirus and President Trump labels it the โ€œChinese virus,โ€ many Chinese-Americans say they are terrified of what could come next."
2020.03.22
First Case
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Democratic Republic of Congo
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Grenada
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ Syria
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Uganda
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซ Afghanistan
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Andorra
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡บ Guam
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania
Huawei Makes Donations to Ireland, Netherlands, South Korea, and Poland, Among Others
Huawei makes large amount of mask donations with 5G auctions just around the corner.
2020.03.21
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ด Angola
First Death
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Columbia
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช United Arab Emirates
300,000 Confirmed Cases Worldwide
1/5 Americans Ordered to Stay at Home; US/Canada Border Closed
"Connecticut and New Jersey on Friday joined Illinois and California in ordering residents to stay at home in order to combat coronavirus. New York State ordered non-essential businesses to close. A ban on non-essential travel across the US-Canada border came into effect at midnight..."
US Workers May Get 'Unemployment Insurance On Steroids'
"โ€œIf you canโ€™t work because your business is closed for all the obvious reasons, you will get your full pay from the federal government and unemployment insurance on steroids will cover all workers. It will cover part-time workers, workers who are independent, it will cover the freelancers, and you will be able to stay on this for four months."
US Companies Step Up With Aid
"The White House signaled...that American companies were increasing efforts to restock hospitals with crucial supplies during the coronavirus pandemic, but it again stopped short of more assertive steps that some state and local leaders have been demanding." (Tweets on that: https://bit.ly/3bsfdmP, https://bit.ly/3aayfgV, https://bit.ly/2U6LDxc)
Beijing Slowly Heading Outdoors
"After several days with no 'home-grown' infections, according to Chinaโ€™s official figures, there is a feeling there that the coronavirus emergency appears to be under control. People in Beijing are finally heading outdoors."
Olympics Still Not Cancelled -- But Should Be
"If the Games do go ahead, they will not just be an organisational nightmare of a revolving door between quarantine and competition for thousands of athletes. Ironically, anti-infection precautions will also disrupt crucial pre-competition drug testing, making the Tokyo Olympics vulnerable to drug cheats..."
2020.03.20
First Case
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป Cape Verde
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Isle of Man
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Madagascar
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฌ Papua New Guinea
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Zimbabwe
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel
HCWs Warn of Supply Shortages
"Doctors reusing masks between patients. Nurses going to work, even if they've been exposed to the novel coronavirus, to meet demand. And if their supplies run out -- staff having to replace face masks with bandanas or scarves..."
Calls For Homemade Masks
"Hospitals and doctors are reaching out via social media to ask for mission-critical help in solving the shortage of N95-type masks..."
NHS Doctors Given Guidelines To Decide Who Lives and Who Dies
"Overwhelmed doctors will be given new guidelines to help them decide which coronavirus victims should potentially live or die if they run out of intensive care beds or ventilators."
Whitehouse Warns of Disinformation Campaigns
"The Chinese Communist Party, Russia, Iran, and bad actors around the world are spreading misinformation and lies about the Coronavirus."
Trump Rails Against Reporter
"Asked for his message to frightened Americans during the national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump instead attacked the reporter as 'terrible' and claimed he was sensationalising the outbreak..."
DOW Erases The 'Trump Bump'
"The Dow erased the โ€œTrump bump,โ€ ending the week below its level from the day before the president's inauguration."
Pence Staffer Tests Positive For Coronavirus
"The member of the vice presidentโ€™s offices adds to the growing list of White House and congressional personnel who have tested positive."
Senators Closer To Economic Rescue Plan
"[There is] hope to reach 'an agreement in principle' by midnight."
UK Hospitals Starting To Fill Up
"We have this evening declared a โ€˜critical incidentโ€™ [at this hospital]...We currently do not have enough space for patients requiring critical care."
China Steps Up Border Checks
"Chinaโ€™s international travel hubs are screening arrivals from overseas and expanding mandatory quarantine policies to handle an expected influx of imported COVID-19 cases..."
Hand Wash How-To Via Ink Illustration
Person shows what part of the hand gets washed with various hand washing techniques with ink.
2020.03.19
First Case
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฉ Chad
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป El Salvador
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น Haiti
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Nicaragua
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ช Niger
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico
Northern Ireland
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia
Announcement (US):
The window for US citizens to pick their location and quarantine-mates is closing or has already closed in some locations. Check the source below for how to prepare.
China Reports No New Infections
"China has reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases for the first time since the pandemic began, marking a major turning point in the global battle to contain Covid-19..."
Italy's Death Toll Surpasses China's
"Local newspaper Corriere della Sera reported that Italy's death toll has reached 3,405 โ€” an uptick of 427 deaths from a day prior โ€” while its caseload has surged to 41,035."
California Issues State-Wide 'Stay At Home' Order
"The order is in place until further notice."
China Claims Quick US Vaccine Creation Means US Had Access to Virus Early
"'Expert': "The US pushed out the vaccine so quickly, that only means they have been working on it way before the pandemic." 'Host': "So we can conclude that the US had this virus in their possession long ago."
First Death in Sub-Saharan Africa
"Sub-Saharan Africa...recorded its first COVID-19 death, a high-ranking politician in Burkina Faso, as the head of the World Health Organisation urged the continent to 'prepare for the worst'..."
Africa's Response Lacking Crucial Factor: Public Trust in Institutions
"Public health depends upon participation, and when citizens mistrust those asking them to make sacrifices or take unusual steps to protect the greater good, even the most thoughtful interventions are doomed to fail..."
UK Businesses Scrap Dividend Payouts
"UK-listed businesses are scrapping plans to pay dividends in a bid to protect their balance sheets against months of disruption, hitting private investors who rely on the payouts for an income as well as pension funds..."
North Korea Orders Construction of 'Curcial' New Hospital
"North Korea premier Kim Jong Un has ordered the construction of a โ€œmodern general hospitalโ€ to be finished in the "shortest period", despite claiming the country has zero cases of coronavirus infections..."
Argentina Goes Into Lockdown
"Argentina's president says the country will go into mandatory quarantine due to coronavirus concerns..."
Australia and New Zealand Close Borders
"Australia and New Zealand have announced that they are closing their borders to non-residents..."
Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19
"The old malaria drug is getting used against the coronavirus. Tech enthusiasts are abuzz. One missing step: clinical trials."
Water Firms Issue Blockage Warnings Due To Toilet Paper 'Alternatives'
"Water firms, environmental agencies and city authorities in the UK, US and Australia have issued warnings against flushing alternatives to toilet paper as wet wipes and paper towels could lead to blockages in the sewers..."
Burglars Pose As NHS Workers 'Carrying Out Testing'
"Burglars are posing as NHS workers testing for coronavirus to gain access to peopleโ€™s homes, police have warned. People are being urged to refuse to allow anyone claiming to be carrying out tests inside and call 999 immediately."
US Celebrities Have Special Access to Testing
"Despite a widely reported shortage of test kits, a troubling trend has emerged in which asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic pro athletes and other celebrities have a curious access to testing even while hospitals throughout the country are turning away patients with severe symptoms who are in need of immediate testing..."
Tracking High Temps With Smart Thermometers
"A company that makes internet-connected thermometers has followed the flu more closely than the C.D.C. can. Now the devices may be turning up cases of Covid-19."
Senator Dumps Stock After Reassuring Public About Preparedness
"Soon after he offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle the coronavirus, the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee...sold off a significant percentage of his stocks..."
Stop Wasting Time Debating Trump's 'China Virus' Wording
""Itโ€™s important to recognise that the president consistently uses racism as a way of distracting attention from other...subjects..."
US Quietly Receives Test Swabs from Italy
"Parts to testing: First is the swabs that are used to collect the sample from the individual whoโ€™s being tested, then thereโ€™s a liquid...that you put the swab into. Thatโ€™s what composed what we brought over from Italy."
Younger Adults Make Up Big Portion of Hospitalizations in US
"New C.D.C. data shows that nearly 40 percent of patients sick enough to be hospitalized were age 20 to 54. But the risk of dying was significantly higher in older people."
Hospitals Sounding Alarm For Funding For Supplies
"Front-line health care groups are now seeking $100 billion from Congress for supplies and equipment."
Mayor of New York Calls on Pres For Help
"New York City...is calling on the President...to deploy the U.S. military to New York in an effort to fight the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak."
Mayor of New York Recruits Tesla For Ventilators
"Our country is facing a drastic shortage and we need ventilators ASAP..."
Forget Numbers -- Where's The Light?
Numbers in the news show no new cases in China. Even so, the number of lights out in Wuhan is eerie.
Indian Police Hand-Washing Video Goes Viral
"In footage posted on Facebook by Kerala Police on Tuesday, six police officers wearing face masks can be seen dancing while demonstrating hand-washing techniques..."
In An Age of Quaratine -- Entertain Goes Really Digital
Techno: https://bit.ly/33wodEx Classical: https://bit.ly/2wmyoiP
2020.03.18
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Djibouti
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Kyrgyzstan
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Zambia
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ Burkina Faso
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Costa Rica
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Jamaica
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Moldova
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Pakistan
200,000 Confirmed Cases Worldwide
Trump Working To Get Checks To Americans
"The Trump administration is working to send money directly to Americans in a bid to curb the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis..." (Andrew Yang's Reaction: https://bit.ly/2x7uvye
GM To Make Ventilators
"White House economic adviser...said...that General Motors CEO...offered the automakersโ€™ shuttered factories to produce ventilators to address the coronavirus crisis..."
China's Hubei Province Adds No New Cases For First Time
"The center of the coronavirus outbreak reported no new infections for the first time since the pathogen emerged more than two months ago...Experts warn of second wave."
Xinhua Reporter's Glorification Triggers Anger At State Media
"Chinese social media has recoiled with anger at the lionization of [a Xinhua reporter], saying she helped propagate fictions that clouded the severity of the outbreak in its early days. The outrage was sparked by [her description of] her fellow reporters [as] โ€œiron peopleโ€ serving bravely on the battlefront against a deadly epidemic..."
Taiwan Closes Borders To Foreign Visitors
"The indefinite entry restrictions will exempt foreign resident permit holders and diplomats but anyone arriving from another country will face 14 days of home quarantine. The government has also asked Taiwanese citizens to refrain from travelling unless absolutely necessary..."
Germans Called-On For Solidarity
"Since German unification, no, since World War II, there has been no greater challenge to our country that depends so much on us acting together in solidarity...After two straight evenings of press conferences used to unveil measures that effectively suspended public life in Germany to try to curb the spread of the virus..."
Turks Advised to Stay Home
"The Turkish President..advised Turks...not to leave home unless necessary for three weeks and to minimise social contact until the threat of the coronavirus recedes, but did not tell them to stay away from work..."
"My Coronavirus Test"
"The symptoms have been easy to deal with. The health care system has not."
Sport Stand-Ins On YouTube
With so many sports cancelled and post-poned, fans get creative in producing exciting, competitive, content.
Food For Quarantine
Some consider farming for sustenance in quarantine -- here's a fun how-to gif.
2020.03.17
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง Barbados
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Gambia
St. Maarten
Cases in all 50 States of US
At least 6,362 cases. At least 108 deaths.
Global Recession
There will likely be a "a surge in defaults, with a default rate on nonfinancial corporates in the U.S that may rise above 10% and into the high single digits in Europe over the next 12 months."
Chilling Scientific Paper Effects US/UK Policies
"If Britain and the United States pursued more-ambitious measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, to slow but not necessarily stop the epidemic over the coming few months, they could reduce mortality by half"(NYT podcast: https://nyti.ms/2Wihk8i)
Trump Changes His Tune
After weeks of comparing the Coronavirus to the flu, Trump is now treating it like a real crisis.
Trump Defends Use of Term 'Chinese Virus'
"China was putting out information, which was false, that our military gave this to them. That was false. And rather than having an argument, I said I had to call it where it came from. It did come from China. So, I think it's a very accurate term..."
China Expels More US Journalists
"China has announced it will expel journalists from three US media outlets, in a major escalation of tensions with Washington." (Also see Feb 19)
China Says They Are Still Open
"China's fundamental state policy of opening-up has not changed..." (Original Statement: https://bit.ly/38XxrL5)
Fear of China Made Taiwan a Success Story
"Taiwan has 10 million masks a day, widespread tracking, and just 1 death despite being close to the outbreak. "
Telling People They Don't Need Masks Backfires
"Given that there is indeed a mask shortage and that medical workers absolutely do need these masks more, what should the authorities have said? The full painful truth."
18% of U.S. Workers Have Lost Jobs
"Some 18% of adults reported that they had been laid off or that their work hours had been cut, a new poll found."
ICE Continues To Make Arrests During Lockdown
"With safety measures taken across the state, immigrant advocates have criticized ICE for its continued enforcement operations..." The Director of Enforcement and Removal Operations for ICE responds: "Asking us to stop doing that basically gives those criminals another opportunity to maybe commit more crimes, to create more victims."
Kentucky Derby Postponed
"The Kentucky Derby is being postponed from May to September..."
Experts Warn of Bogus Emails
"Techniques include bogus emails with links claiming to have important updates on the virus which, once clicked on, lead to the device being infected."
Toilet Paper Makers Struggle to Keep Up
"Toilet paper has a become the ultimate symbol of the panic buying; it's seemingly scooped up as soon as new rolls hit the shelves."
Americans Discover Bidets
"Long a punchline among Americans, the bidet (bih-DAY) is finally getting some respect due to coronavirus-related concerns about toilet paper shortages..."
Japan Launches 15-minute Testing Kit
"Japan has dramatically ramped up production of equipment to test for the presence of the novel coronavirus โ€“ including a private company that is selling kits it promises can return a result within 15 minutes. The country now has the ability to screen as many as 7,000 people a day, but...only testing individuals identified as...particularly at risk..."
UC San Diego Working on Fast Test
"Researchers at UC San Diego are evaluating a new diagnostic testing system...that holds promise for identifying the novel coronavirus in as little as 45 minutes and typically within one hour."
India Starts Stamping Hands
"Those who test positive for the disease [or need to self-quarantine] will be marked with an indelible ink, normally used in the country to mark those who have already voted during elections."
Mass Graves Dug in Iran
Iran, having experienced one of the worst outbreaks, dig rows upon rows of mass graves for the hundreds who have perished.
Venezuela Goes Into Lockdown
"The measure limits movement and commercial activity in all of the 23 states and the Capital District of Caracas. The armed forces and the National Bolivarian Police are charged with enforcing the quarantine..."
Jared Leto Finds Out About Pandemic After 12-Day Meditation
"Twelve days ago I began a silent meditation...We were totally isolated....We had no idea what was happening...walked out yesterday into a very different world. One thatโ€™s been changed forever. Mind blowing -- to say the least."
Gratitude in France
Reminiscent of Wuhan's 'hang in there' (ๅŠ ๆฒน) videos, French cheer on and thank health care workers.
2020.03.16
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ Benin
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Greenland
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด Somalia
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Tanzania
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark
Global Deaths and Infections Overtake Those in China
"Global deaths and infections from the coronavirus have surpassed those inside China for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak."
Paper Projects Mortality Rates With No Intervention
Imperial College's paper describes that with no measures US deaths=4 million. But suppression works -- The death rate in the US would peak 3 weeks from now at a few thousand deaths, then goes down. "The nightmarish death tolls from the rest of the study disappear." (Paper: https://bit.ly/3da5lzu)
We Must Prepare for Mental Toll of Self-Isolation
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Vaccine Trial Begins in Seattle
"Healthy volunteers will test different doses of the first vaccine to find out if it is safe."
Social Media Giants Warn of AI Moderation Errors
"[Tech giants] that more videos and other content could be erroneously removed for policy violations, as the companies empty offices and rely on automated takedown software during the coronavirus pandemic..."
Stream Netflix in Sync with Loved Ones Remotely
"During the pandemic outbreak, many are staying home and socially distancing โ€“ meaning they are also yearning for company...A Google Chrome extension provides some relief by enabling people to watch programmes simultaneously from the comfort of their own homes."
Amazon Seeks to Hire 100,000 to Keep Up with Surge Demand
"Amazon said...it needs to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. to keep up with a crush of orders...it will also temporarily raise pay by $2 an hour through the end of April for hourly employees..."
Gun Sales Soar in US
"Americans are flocking to gun stores and waiting in long lines as they worry about whatโ€™s to come in the next few months with society all but shut down..."
Unsuccessful Cyber Attack Attempt on US Department of Health Servers
"The U.S. Health and Human Services Department suffered a cyber-attack on its computer system, part of what people familiar with the incident called a campaign of disruption and disinformation that was aimed at undermining the response to the coronavirus pandemic and may have been the work of a foreign actor."
San Francisco to 'Shelter in Place'
"The directive is not a full lockdown, so people will not be prohibited from leaving their homes without government permission. Instead, they're directed to stay inside and avoid contact with others as much as possible for three weeks. Law enforcement is being asked to 'ensure compliance' with the order..."
NY, NJ, CT Ban Together On Mitigation Measures
"In the absence of uniform national standards issued by the federal government, [3] govs...have implemented their own set of unified rules for the tri-state area..." They also ban crowds of 50+.
High Risk Occupations
"People with jobs that put them in physical contact with many others are at the greatest risk of becoming sick..."
White House Advises Against Public Gatherings of 10+
"The White House advised all Americans to avoid groups of more than 10 and urged older people to stay at home in a set of new guidelines designed to fight a spreading coronavirus outbreak..."
Boca Raton Law Firm Sues Chinese Gov Over Handling of Coronavirus
"The suit alleges that the Chinese government "knew that COVID-19 was dangerous and capable of causing a pandemic, yet slowly acted, proverbially put their head in the sand, and/or covered it up for their own economic self-interest."...While the Chinese government could ignore the suit...there are economic ways to ensure the Chinese government comply with the court process..."
China Eyes Rescheduled Parliament For Late April or Early May
"The annual meetings...known as the โ€œtwo sessionsโ€...would be a major indication that the Chinese leadership sees things as returning to normal...China tentatively plans to hold its delayed annual gathering of parliament in late April or early May..."
Hong Kong Frees $64 Billion Capital to Lift Economy
"The cityโ€™s de-facto central bank on Monday lowered its countercyclical capital buffer imposed on banks to 1% from 2%...The lower buffer frees up about HK$500 billion to support lending..."
'Herd Immunity' is Not UK's Goal (AM)
"The actual goal is the same as that of other countries: flatten the curve by staggering the onset of infections. As a consequence, the nation may achieve herd immunity; itโ€™s a side effect, not an aim..."(UK Plan: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan/coronavirus-action-plan-a-guide-to-what-you-can-expect-across-the-uk)
UK Realizes It's Math is Wrong (PM)
"The UK only realised 'in the last few days' that attempts to 'mitigate' the impact of the coronavirus pandemic would not work...[and] would 'likely result in hundreds of thousands of deaths and health systems (most notably intensive care units) being overwhelmed many times over'."
UK's Lockdown Plans
"[It is not advised to attend] mass gatherings, sporting events and nights out in the pub..."
EU to Close Borders to Non-Essential Travel
"The European Union will close its borders to all non-essential travel as it attempts to contain the ongoing spread of the coronavirus on the continent..."
Super League Season Suspended
"The Rugby Football League and Super League have suspended all fixtures until April 3 at the earliest in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak."
Pope Defies Lockdown to Pray at 'Plague' Crucifix Church
"[The] Pope...defied Italy's lockdown...leaving his home in the Vatican to pray for those affected by the novel coronavirus at a famous crucifix that believers claim helped to save Romans from the plague in 1522."
Italyโ€™s Coronavirus Victims Face Death Alone, With Funerals Postponed
"As morgues are inundated, coffins pile up and mourners grieve in isolation: 'This is the bitterest part.'"
EU Doesn't Step up For Italy
"In a shameful abdication of responsibility, fellow countries in the European Union have failed to give medical assistance and supplies to Italy during an outbreak. China is filling the void..."
Italians Singing Chinese National Anthem From Balconies is Untrue
"The spokeswoman for the Beijing Foreign Ministry said on Twitter that Italians sang the Chinese National Anthem on Balconies to thank China." Italians say this is untrue. The foreign ministers' silence is frustrating.
1,350 Escape Sรฃo Paulo Prison
"More than 1,350 inmates escape from prisons in Sรฃo Paulo after tensions over coronavirus restrictions; several guards being held hostage - EFE" -BNO News
Germany Bars Travel and Public Events
"Germany will take 'radical measures' to fight the spread of coronavirus by banning people from traveling for pleasure and closing non-essential shops..."
US Airlines Seek $60 Billion Bailout
"U.S. airlines are asking for nearly $60 billion in direct assistance and loan guarantees, vastly dwarfing the $15 billion made available after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as airlines worldwide continue to plea for government help from the effects of the coronavirus outbreak."
Norwegian Air Cancels 85% of Flights; Lays off 90% of Staff
"Norwegian Air...will cancel 85% of its flights and temporarily lay off 7,300 employees as a result of the growing coronavirus crisis that has strangled demand for air travel..."
Spain's Prime Minister's Wife Tests Positive
The prime minister and his wife's health are in good condition.
Canada to Bar Entry for Most Foreignors
"Canada will be closing its borders to anyone who is not a citizen or a permanent resident...Only four Canadian airports - in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver - will be accepting international flights..."
Denmark Closes Borders
"Denmark...recorded its first coronavirus death as it closed its borders to foreigners in order to slow the spread of the disease...."
Russia Bars Entry to Foreignors
"Russiaโ€™ Federal Security Service (FSB) is instructed to impose temporary restrictions on entry to the country by foreign citizens and persons without citizenship, including those arriving from Belarus and Belarusian nationals, from 00:00 local time on March 18, 2020 to 00:00 local time on May 1..."
Asymptomatic Spread May Be Driving Pandemic
(Developing)"This new Science paper makes it very clear that asymptomatic transmission isn't just possible, it's driving this pandemic: "We estimate 86% of all infections were undocumented..."" (Paper: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/03/13/science.abb3221) (Also see Feb 16, 28)
2020.03.15
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Bahamas
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡บ Guam
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Uzbekistan
H.R. 6201: Families First CoronaVirus Response Act Passes House
"In a series of tweets, the President said, 'I fully support H.R. 6201: Families First CoronaVirus Response Act, which will be voted on in the House this evening.'...The House of Representatives passed [this] bipartisan legislative package in response to the spread of coronavirus...following intense negotiations between House Speaker...and the Trump administration. The bill passed with broad, bipartisan support and a final tally of 363-40 with 40 Republicans voting against it..." (The Act: https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/Families%20First%20summary.pdf)
Democratic Debate Reshaped By COVID-19
"The septuagenarian candidates, definitely in the high-risk demographic, will stand six feet apart. Even the moderators and cameramen in the CNN studio for tonightโ€™s debate between [them] will be social distancing..."
Democratic Debate Moderator Drops Out
"The Univision anchor, who was scheduled to co-moderate Sunday's Democratic primary debate, 'was in proximity with someone who was in direct contact with a person that tested positive for coronavirus.'"
CDC Recommends Banning Public Events
"The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks, in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus."
Americans Brag About Not Social Distancing
"The nation's top infectious disease researchers have repeatedly warned, if not begged, Americans to practice social distancing as the contagious coronavirus spreads through the population...Though some folks are social distancing, many still clearly aren't... (Also see Feb 1)"
New York City Announces School Closures
"New York Cityโ€™s public school system, the nationโ€™s largest, will begin shutting down this week, by far the most far-reaching and disruptive measure the city has taken yet to slow the spread of the coronavirus."
Disney Closes Parks
"Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris Resort will be closed from Sunday, March 15, 2020 through the end of the month. However, at both locations, the hotels and retail/dining complexes will remain open."
Two ER Docs in Critical Condition
"The hospitalizations sharpen fears that the nationโ€™s front-line medical workers could be uniquely vulnerable, a health care organization said..."
Chinese Tycoon Vanishes
"[Another] government critic [has been] silenced by the Communist Party as it cracks down on dissent over the epidemic."
Americans Stocking Up on Staples and...Guns
"A line around the block in Venice Beach, LA stocking up for COVID19 pandemic -- at the gun store!"
LVMH to Distribute Hand Sanitizer
"Given the risk of a shortage of hydroalcoholic gel in France...the LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics business [has been instructed] to prepare its production sites to manufacture substantial quantities of hydroalcoholic gel to be provided to public authorities."
Haiti Shuts Border and Suspends Most International Flights
"Haiti, one of the few Caribbean nations with no recorded cases of the new coronavirus, announced...a shutdown of its border with the Dominican Republic, a ban on travel for government officials, and a suspension of flights from Europe, Canada, the Dominican Republic, and Latin America..."
Iranian Cleric Says Zionist Coronavirus Cure Could be Halal
"In a recent ruling, an Iranian cleric decided that Muslims would be able to use a cure for coronavirus even if one is created by Israelis."
Top Iran Ayatollah Denies Agreeing to Coronavirus Vaccine From Israel
"A top Shi'a cleric in Iran has denied approving the purchase of a possible anti-coronavirus vaccine from Israel, which Islamic Republic considers as its top enemy..."
More Licks Go Viral
Licking in spite of the coronavirus pandemic makes a comeback. (Also see Feb 29)
2020.03.14
First Case
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซ Central African Republic
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ท Mauritania
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Namibia
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ Rwanda
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ Seychelles
150,000 Confirmed Cases Worldwide
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed 150,000. Of those, 5,774 have died, 73,962 have recovered, and 72,698 are still sick
French Government Warns Against Anti-Inflammatory Drug-Use
"France's health minister...said people should not use anti-inflammatory drugs if they have coronavirus-like symptoms because it could worsen their condition."
France Goes Into Lockdown
"France has gone on lockdown after...[The] Prime Minister...ordered the closure of restaurants, cafรฉs and all other 'non-essential' commerce...Groceries, pharmacies, tobacconists and petrol stations will remain open."
First Death in New York -- Bringing US Total Deaths to 50
"Patient was an elderly woman"
US President Tests Negative
"Several guests at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida tested positive for the virus, prompting concerns that Trump was exposed. But the president made clear at the time that he wasn't worried about being infected."
Dr. Anthony Fauci Becomes Voice of Truth
"You should never destroy your own credibility. And you don't want to go to war with a president ... But you got to walk the fine balance of making sure you continue to tell the truth"...
Those in Close Contact with US Pres. Will Now Undergo Temp. Checks
"Out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President,"
Teaneck, New Jersey Mayor Asks All To Self Quarantine
"Officials are calling for all residents to self-quarantine and only leave their residences for food and medicine as the township grapples with the...coronavirus cases..."
St. Patrick's Day Still Lively in Pittsburgh
"I think people are going to be like, โ€˜Oh no, weโ€™re going to be stuck inside for two weeks, so letโ€™s all go drink today,โ€™"
Taco Bell Only Serving Drive-Thru & Delivery and Offers Sick Leave
"Taco Bell says it's equipping its restaurants to serve guests via drive-thru & delivery only, where necessary, is amending its sick policies, & will continue to pay employees who have to stay home or work at closed restaurants."
Mormon Church Calls Off Public Gatherings World-Wide
"Beginning immediately, all public gatherings of Church members are being temporarily suspended worldwide until further notice."
UK Scientists Petition For Social Distancing
"In an open letter, a group of 229 scientists from UK universities say the government's current approach will put the NHS under additional stress and 'risk many more lives than necessary'." (Petition: http://maths.qmul.ac.uk/~vnicosia/UK_scientists_statement_on_coronavirus_measures.pdf)
Newborn Baby in London Youngest Case
"The baby's mother was rushed to hospital in London with suspected pneumonia a few days ago...Once it was ascertained that both mother and baby had coronavirus, they were placed in separate hospitals overnight to receive treatment...It's unknown whether the baby contracted the virus in the womb or during the labor..."
Spain Declares National Emergency and Goes Into Lockdown
"Spainโ€™s government announced...that it is placing tight restrictions on movements and closing restaurants and other establishments in the nation of 46 million people as part of a two-week state of emergency to fight the sharp rise in coronavirus infections..."
South Korea Daily New Positive Cases Down to The 100s
Thanks to various measures such as drive-thru testing, physical barriers, drone robot disinfectors, triage by text, and more...
Manila Imposes Nighttime Curfew
"The nighttime curfew will take effect on March 15 to April 14"
Jordan Closes Borders
"Jordan said it would stop all incoming and outgoing passenger flights into the country...as it tightens border controls and bans public gatherings and events to combat the spread of coronavirus..."
Deaths in Italy Mounting
Italian shares the obituary section -- which has grown to 10 pages long.
Lebanese Pots in Quarantine
Reminiscent of Wuhan's 'hang in there' (ๅŠ ๆฒน) videos, Lebanese cope with quarantine with pot banging.
2020.03.13
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ผ Aruba
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ Burkina Faso
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น Ethiopia
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Gabon
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ต Guadeloupe
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ Ghana
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น Guatemala
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณ Guinea
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ Kazakhstan
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Kenya
๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Kosovo
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Sudan
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ท Suriname
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ Uruguay
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช Venezuela
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฎ Virgin Islands (US)
First Death
๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ๓ ง๓ ข๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ๓ ณ๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ๓ ง๓ ข Scotland
Some Recoveries Report '20 to 30%' Less Lung Function
"..Patients can do cardiovascular exercises, like swimming, the improve their lung capacity over time. While it's too early to establish long-term effects of the disease, scans of nine patients' lungs also "found patterns similar to frosted glass in all of them, suggesting there was organ damage"..."
US Declares National Emergency
"President Donald Trump said Friday he was declaring a national emergency -- 'two very big words' -- to free up $50 billion in federal resources to combat coronavirus even as he refused to take personal responsibility for administration failures early in the outbreak..." Trump also said Google would create a testing triage site.
Trump Surprises Google
"Google's not making a nationwide coronavirus testing website. And the company had no idea the president would say it was."
US Deploys National Guard to Hot Zones
"The governors of Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, New York, Rhode Island and Washington have all activated components of their Army and Air National Guard. Guardsmen in California and Maryland are also expected to join their statesโ€™ efforts today..."
Johns Hopkins Project Up to 500,000 Cases in US
"โ€œDonโ€™t believe the numbers when you see, even on our Johns Hopkins website, that 1,600 Americans have the virus,โ€ he said. โ€œNo, that means 1,600 got the test, tested positive. There are probably 25 to 50 people who have the virus for every one person who is confirmed.โ€ He added: โ€œI think we have between 50,000 and half a million cases right now walking around in the United States.โ€"
UK Releases Plan: Herd Immunity
"Herd immunity is a phrase normally used when large numbers of children have been vaccinated against a disease like measles, reducing the chances that others will get it. As a tactic in fighting a pandemic for which there is no vaccine, it is novel โ€“ and some say alarming..."
'China Bought the West Time' Becomes Controversial
Debate grows: 'China bought time via authoritarian quaratines' vs. 'China didn't buy us time because they intially covering up the pandemic'. (NYT Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/opinion/china-response-china.html#click=https://t.co/7ftvfRKP9G)(Also see Feb 4)
Kenya Bans Public Events
"Kenya has banned all major public events after confirming its first case of the new coronavirus in a woman who had returned to the country from the United States..."
Reports Hazy Around Around Brazilian President's Test
In the morning reports said Brazilian President tested positive, now reports are saying he denies testing positive. (Original: https://twitter.com/MirrorBreaking_/status/1238463380115030018?s=20)
Denmark Closes All Borders To International Tourists
"The happiest country in the world is banning international tourists for the next month by closing its border to all non-resident foreigners..."
Poland Closes Borders
"...No international inbound flights or trains would be allowed..., except for some charter flights bringing Poles back from holidays..."
Italian Music in Quarantine
Reminiscent of Wuhan's 'hang in there' (ๅŠ ๆฒน) videos, Italians cope with quarantine with rooftop music.
Shitshow
2020.03.12
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พ Cayman Islands
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ Cuba
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น Trinidad & Tobago
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พ Guyana
Stocks Plunge by the Most Since 1987
"Stocks plummet as Trumpโ€™s travel ban adds to investorsโ€™ distress."
Disney Announces Park Closures
"It is the first time Disney will close both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida since the Sept. 11 attacks."
US Sports Shutting Down
"The U.S. coronavirus outbreak has led to an almost complete shutdown of professional sports in the country...[After the NBA announced suspending its season], NHL, MLB, MLS, U.S. Soccer, and multiple tennis associations followed suit."
Chinese Diplomat Spreads False Rumours on Twitter
"Chinese diplomat with 272k followers spreads completely insane theory that US army might have brought the virus to Wuhan. Chinaโ€™s use of social media for disinfo is becoming ever more serious concern."
China Sends Doctors and Supplies Abroad
"A charter flight carrying a nine-member Chinese aid team, along with tonnes of medical supplies , arrived at Romeโ€™s Fiumicino Airport...Organised by the National Health Commission and the Red Cross Society of China, the group is the third expert team sent abroad by Chinese authorities following previous teams sent to Iran and Iraq...[Said China's official Xinhua news agency]"
Vox Publishes Piece Chiding US Testing
"The US lags just about every developed country on testing for Covid-19 disease." (Also see Feb 13)
Every Church in Rome Closes
"...Closed by April 3. This is the first time in history all the Catholic churches in Rome have been closed to worshipers, according to CNN..."
France Closes Schools, Urges Elderly To Stay Home
"...Schools in France [will] close indefinitely to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and people over 70 and the infirm [should] stay home."
Saudi Arabia Bans Travel to 39 Countries
"Saudi Arabia temporarily banned the travel of its citizens and residents to 39 countries including: European Union states as part of the Kingdomโ€™s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus..."
Belgium Closes Schools, Bars, and Restaurants
"All school lessons will be suspended...until April 3. All recreational activities are canceled. Restaurants and bars will have to close. Shops can stay open during the week but will have to close on weekends, except for pharmacies and grocery stores. All citizens are advised to work from home if possible and elderly people are advised to stay home. Public transport will continue to run..."
2020.03.11
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ซ French Polynesia
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡พ Guyana
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ Honduras
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Ivory Coast
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Jamaica
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey
WHO Declares Pandemic
"There are 118,000 cases, more than 4,000 deaths, the agency said, and the virus has found a foothold on every continent except for Antarctica..."
125,000 Confirmed Cases Worldwide
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed 125,000. Of those, 4,595 have died, 66,722 have recovered, and 54,389 are active cases
NBA Cancels Season
"Player Rudy Gobert mocked the risks of spreading the novel coronavirus at a news conference, just days before his positive COVID-19 diagnosis prompted the NBA to suspend its entire season."
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Diagnosed Coronavirus
"Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks' will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?"
DC Declares State of Emergency
"The announcement came just hours after the WHO declared the coronavirus a pandemic with more than 1,200 cases in the US and growing clusters of the disease forcing many Americans to change their daily lives."
Trump Addresses US -- Bans Travel From Europe
"Trump's grave-sounding remarks from the Oval Office abandoned his rosy portrayals of the global pandemic, choosing instead to frame the outbreak as a 'foreign virus' washing on American shores, despite increasing instances of community spread inside the US..."
White House Told Federal Health Agency To Classify Coronavirus Deliberations
"The White House has ordered federal health officials to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, an unusual step that has restricted information and hampered the U.S. governmentโ€™s response to the contagion"
Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Canceled
"A St. Patrickโ€™s Day party will go on in Pittsburgh on Saturday without a parade, but the city is asking bar owners to voluntarily reduce the number of patrons allowed inside and said they would strictly enforce occupancy limits..."
Denmark Closes Schools
"Denmark will close all schools, universities and day care facilities in the coming days...In addition, all employees in the public sector with non-critical jobs are to be sent home."
El Salvador Declares National Quarantine
"El Salvador President...declared a national 21- day quarantine...although the country has no confirmed coronavirus cases, following the World Health Organization classifying the outbreak as a pandemic."
Washington State Prohibits Events of More Than 250 People
"The health and well-being of Washingtonians during the COVID-19 outbreak remains our top priority." - Governor Jay Inslee
Italy Shuts Down All Non-Essential Business
"Italy all but put a halt to normal life, paring the economy down to just essential services in a desperate bid to stem the advance of the deadly coronavirus."
Twitter Implements Mandatory Work From Home
"Today we informed all Twitter employees globally they must work from home to support worldwide efforts to stop the spread of #COVID19. This moves beyond our earlier guidance of 'strongly encouraging work from home.'"
Scotland's First Case of Community Transmission
"We have identified the first case of community transmission in Scotland which is unrelated to contact or travel. This was identified through our enhanced surveillance scheme..."
2020.03.10
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด Bolivia
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Democratic Republic of Congo
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณ Mongolia
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง Lebanon
WHO Suspends Meetings
"The WTO said...that it is suspending all meetings until March 20 after a staff member was confirmed to have coronavirus."
Mongolia Goes Into Lock Down
"Mongolia...barred anyone from entering or leaving its cities for six days after the country reported its first coronavirus case..."
Israel Virtually Seals Off
"Israel will bar all visitors from entering Israel unless they can quarantine and order all returning Israelis into self-isolation to counter the spread of the coronavirus: an unprecedented move which effectively seals off the country. "
Banks in Europe Will Delay Mortgage Payments
"Banks in Italy and the United Kingdom are preparing to postpone mortgage payments for people affected by coronavirus as the number of cases in Europe rises sharply."
Barclays Offers Repayment Holidays to Corporate Borrowers
"Barclays is contacting business customers affected by coronavirus to offer 12-month capital repayment holidays on existing loans over 25,000 pounds, as part of a package of measures to support companies hit by the outbreak. "
Suspect Research Paper on TCM Treatment Copied CT Scans
(Unfolding)"The paper on healing a COVID-19 patient with Traditional Chinese Medicine that I critiqued on PubPeer appears to have copied CT scan images from another paper by another group..."
New York Deploys National Guard
"New York state is mobilizing the National Guard to help contain coronavirus in New Rochelle, N.Y. It will help enforce new restrictions on public gatherings and distribute food..."
2020.03.09
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ Brunei
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Moldova
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ Panama
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Egypt
CNN Will Start Using the 'P' Word
"So why now? The WHO hasn't called the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Nor has the US CDC...What to call this outbreak is, in part, a question of semantics. But it also speaks to specific actions being taken. It means the focus is not only on containment, but increasingly on the mitigation of the spread of the coronavirus..."
US Stocks Halted After Falling 7%
"[An] implosion of an alliance between OPEC and Russia caused the worst one-day crash in crude prices in nearly 30 years...The New York Stock Exchange halted trading for 15 minutes after stocks plunged more than 7%..." S&P 500โฌ‡๏ธ6%; DOWโฌ‡๏ธ2,046; Nasdaq Compositeโฌ‡๏ธ5.4%
All of Italy Goes Into Lockdown
"Over the weekend, blanket travel restrictions were announced in just certain areas. The rest of the country will now join the northern provinces under lockdown -- one of the toughest responses implemented outside of mainland China to get the Covid-19 pandemic under control..."
US Colleges and Universities Start Cancelling Classes
"The closures began in Washington state, and now include Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, Rice University, Stanford University, Hofstra University, University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Washington, among others. As of midday Tuesday, more than half a million students are affected by the cancellations..."
South Korea 'Passed the Peak'
"[The South Korean Health Minister] said that while he believes the aggregate number of infections is high, he is confident in the job South Korea did to combat the virus' spread and would advise other governments who are dealing with outbreaks to focus efforts on early testing and global cooperation..."
2020.03.08
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Moldova
More Than 100 Countries Have Confirmed Cases
"Over 100 countries have now reported laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19."
North Korea Launches Multiple Projectiles in Weapons Test
"The test was the countryโ€™s second in a week and came as its main rival, South Korea, grappled with a large coronavirus outbreak."
US Travel Advisory: Say No To Cruise Ships
"U.S. citizens, especially with underlying conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. #CDC notes increased risk of #COVID19 on cruises."
2020.03.07
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป Maldives
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡พ Paraguay
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Argentina
Hotel in China Collapses
"Footage circulating on Twitter-like Weibo showed rescue workers combing through the rubble ...Other footage published by local media, purportedly from security cameras across the street, showed the entire hotel collapsing in seconds."
2020.03.06
First Case
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Cameroon
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Columbia
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Costa Rica
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Gibraltar
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ Togo
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands
100,000 Confirmed Cases Worldwide
CDC Orders Older Adults To Stay At Home
"Amid a coronavirus outbreak in the United States, the US CDC is encouraging older people and people with severe chronic medical conditions to 'stay at home as much as possible.'" (CDC Site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html)
CDC Drops Coronavirus Testing Numbers From Their Website
"The CDC has stopped disclosing the number of Americans tested for coronavirus...The disappearance of the numbers comes less than a week after the first cases of the virus with unknown origins were reported in the US..."
Grand Princess Cruise Ship In Holding Pattern ๐Ÿ›ณ
"The first California resident to die from the virus...was on the Grand Princess' previous voyage to Mexico. Sixty-two guests from that trip โ€” which is now associated with a small cluster of coronavirus cases โ€” stayed aboard for the Grand Princessโ€™ next trip to Hawaii....COVID-19 testing kits were delivered to the ship by helicopter."
Vatican City Reports First Case
"Vatican Spokesman...said that a patient of the Vatican City's on-site health facility had tested positive for the new coronavirus..."
Canada's First Case of Community Spread
"Public health officials have expected this for a while now, and itโ€™s just a matter of deploying the resources that we have to contain it within communities...Itโ€™s just something that we have to brace for โ€” this is going to be spreading within our communities beyond just international travel."
Austin and Berkelee Consider Hosting Hackathons
In the midst of the outbreak, Austin and Berkelee plan in-person hackathons to build solutions for the epidemic. Hackathons generally consist of large crowds in the same space working on the same problem.
2020.03.05
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡น Bhutan
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bosnia and Herzegovina
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Liechtenstein
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ถ Martinique
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa
First Death
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland
WHO Says Countries Not Doing Enough
"WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva he was concerned that a "long list" of countries were not showing "the level of political commitment" needed to "match the level of the threat we all face...This is not a drill.""
Disinformation Campaign Uncovered Targeting Taiwan
"Coronavirus is the perfect storm for disinformation contagion in being both a health and a political crisis. Even after 5 years of looking at troubling disinfo every day, this is one of the most malicious campaigns Iโ€™ve ever seen."
UK Airline Flybe Enters Administration (Declares Bankruptcy)
"We really tried to do everything we could back at the turn of the year but unfortunately though, with the situation that's developed with coronavirus, an already weak company just hasn't been able to survive..."
Greece Shuts Down Schools and Cancels Large Gatherings
"Greece has become the latest country to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus by closing schools and universities and cancelling large public gatherings..."
Palestine President Declares State of Emergency
"Palestinian President...declared a state of emergency through his prime minister...after the first cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Bethlehem..."
OPEC and Russia Disagreement Causes Oil Crash
"Oil prices crashed more than 9% to their lowest level in nearly three years...as major producing nations failed to agree on supply cuts aimed at addressing the collapse in global demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak..."
CDC Authorizes Testing For Anyone with Doctor Approval
"The move greatly increases the number of patients who qualify, but itโ€™s not clear there are enough tests for those who will want them."
Greece Shuts Down Schools
"Greece has become the latest country to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus by closing schools and universities and cancelling large public gatherings, as the World Health Organization insisted the virus could still be โ€œpushed backโ€ if governments around the world took the necessary action..."
2020.03.04
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ด Faroe Islands
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ Iraq
Germany Bans Export of Medical Protection Gear
"Germany has banned the export of medical protection gear to avoid supply shortages of masks, gloves and suits as doctors and authorities race to contain the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus..."
Italy Closing All Schools And Universities Nationwide
"Lucia Azzolina, Italy's minister of education, said schools will close from March 5 until March 15 while the nation attempts to grapple with the ongoing outbreak. At least 2,502 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country and 79 people have died...US universities have also canceled and called back American students studying abroad in Italy"
Another Iranian Senior Politician Dies
"A diplomat and the country's former ambassador to Syria, died...Tehran, Iran's capital, subsequently barred government officials from traveling, and parliament has been suspended indefinitely."
Iran Sets Up Checkpoints and Closes Schools and Universities
"Iranโ€™s health minister says authorities will begin manning checkpoints to limit travel between major cities amid the virus outbreak -- schools and universities are to be shut until March."
U.S. Will Drop Limits on Virus Testing
"Vice President Mike Pence said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was lifting all restrictions on testing for coronavirus, and would be releasing new guidelines to fast-track testing for people who fear they have the virus, even if they are displaying mild symptoms..."
COVID-19's Viral Aspects Determined
"The viral aspects reckoned in 8 wks for the #coronavirus = work done for #HIV between 1981 - 1995."
2020.03.03
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Argentina
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Morocco
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain
CDC Reverses Mask Recommendation
Now CDC says, "citizens should wear "non-medical, cloth masks" to help prevent...spread."
World Bank Provides $12 Billion
"As COVID-19 reaches more than 60 countries, the World Bank Group is making available an initial package of up to $12 billion in immediate support to assist countries coping with the health and economic impacts of the global outbreak..."
8% of Iran's Parliament Infected
"Iran is descending into chaos amid the coronavirus outbreak, with the government seemingly incapable of handling the scale of the crisis and going as far as to threaten the death penalty to those who hoard necessary materials or equipment...[23/290 members of Iranian parliament] have tested positive for the novel coronavirus...The parliament has been suspended indefinitely, and lawmakers have been asked to stop meeting with the public."
2020.03.02
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Andorra
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Jordan
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Senegal
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ Tunisia
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine
Coronavirus Dance Videos Go Viral ๐Ÿ“บ
Coronavirus dance competition videos go viral in Vietnam and then globally.
Large Events in Seattle Going Uncancelled
"[Including] Emerald City Comic Con, which draws nearly 100,000 people annually, is slated to run from March 12-15 at the Washington State Convention Center. Despite widespread coronavirus worry and a reddit thread asking people to urge ECCC to reschedule, the show will go on..."
Member of Council to Iran's Supreme Leader Dies
"A member of a council that advises Iranโ€™s supreme leader died...after falling sick from the new coronavirus, state radio reported, becoming the first top official to succumb to the illness striking both citizens and leaders of the Islamic Republic..."
South Korea Implements Drive-Thru Testing
"From inside his car, a driver is checked for any fever or breathing difficulties by medical staff in protective clothing and goggles who lean in through the window at a new drive-thru coronavirus clinic in South Korea...None of the drivers nor medical workers gave their names, the stigma of even being tested making people cautious..."
2020.03.01
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด Dominican Replublic
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ Scotland
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฑ St. Barthรฉlemy
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino
Capital Punishments in Iran
"Iranโ€™s prosecutor general has said that hoarding and other illegal behaviors seen as disruptive to the supply of healthcare items at the time of a coronavirus surge in the country could entail punishments as severe as the death penalty..."
China Criminalizes So-Called-Rumours on Social Media
"Fabricating and intentionally spreading false information about the epidemic can be sentenced to up to 7 years in prison..." (Law: http://www.cac.gov.cn/2019-12/20/c_1578375159509309.htm) (Also worth noting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Wenliang#/media/File:%E6%9D%8E%E6%96%87%E4%BA%AE%E7%9A%84%E8%AE%AD%E8%AF%AB%E4%B9%A6.png
World's First Double Lung Transplant
"Chinese doctor Chen Jingyu's team has successfully conducted World's first double lung transplant for a 59 y/o COVID2019 patient...'Experts in the industry believe this case is of great significance to reduce mortality of Coronavirus.'"
Louvre Museum Closes
"The spreading coronavirus epidemic shut down France's Louvre Museum on Sunday, with workers who guard its famous trove of artworks fearful of being contaminated by the museum's flow of tourists from around the world..."
2020.02.29
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Ecuador
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourg
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ Monaco
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Republic of Ireland
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ US
Washington State Declares State Of Emergency
"The governor of Washington has declared a state of emergency after the first death in the U.S. from COVID-19 was confirmed..."
Iranian 'Lick The Shrine' Videos Go Viral
As COVID-19 rages in Qom, many continue to lick shrines in the city as a testament to their faith. (Also see March 15)
2020.02.28
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Azerbaijan
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK
"Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on COVID-19" Released
"Is this decline real, real but temporary, fake, or something else?"
Stocks Suffer Biggest Weekly Losses Since 2008
"The S&P 500 fell for the seventh straight day [in a row] and the benchmark index suffered its biggest weekly drop since the 2008 global financial crisis on growing fears the fast-spreading coronavirus could push the economy into recession, although stocks regained some ground right at the end of a volatile session. The Dow and the Nasdaq also registered their deepest weekly percentage losses since October 2008..."
Amazon Tells All Employees To Halt Travel
"Amazon told all 798,000 of its employees on Friday to avoid 'non-essential travel' domestically and internationally..."
North Korea Kills First Case Claims Go Viral
(Unconfirmed)" A claim that North Korea has executed a coronavirus patient has been widely shared on social media, despite the story being unverifiable."
210 People Reportedly Died In Iran -- While Gov. Says 34
"At least 210 people have died from the coronavirus in Iran...a number six times higher than the official death toll from the Iranian government [34], but...sources in the country's health system...said otherwise. Iran has the highest mortality rate from the coronavirus and has become the new focal point for the virus in recent days..."
Switzerland Bans Large Gatherings
"Switzerland has imposed a ban on public events that gather more than 1,000 people together in the same place until at least March 15 in response to the coronavirus threat."
Scotland Implements Drive-Thru Testing
"Patients with appointments are being tested for the virus in their cars...in the city. Scotland remains the only part of the UK without a positive Covid-19 case. But chief [the] medical officer...has warned it is 'just a matter of time' until this changes."
2020.02.27
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Nigeria
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ธ Palestine
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino
Pilgrimages To Mecca and Medina Banned
Saudi Arabia halts travel to holiest sites in Islam due to COVID-19.
Australia Will Start Acting in Accordance with the 'P' Word
"Australia has declared the coronavirus will become a global pandemic, and extended its travel ban on visitors from China..."
Corona Beer Suffers
"The novel coronavirus has an unlikely victim -- one of the worldโ€™s most popular beers. Corona has become the subject of memes and videos shared on social media as the toll from the virus climbs worldwide. Reports of an increase in online searches for โ€œcorona beer virusโ€ and โ€œbeer coronavirusโ€ show the Mexican beer hasnโ€™t been able to escape the association."
South Korean Official In Charge of Outbreak (Allegedly) Commits Suicide
(Only one news outlet reported) "An official from the South Korea Justice Ministry reportedly jumped off the Han River and took his life. Dealing with the recent spike of coronavirus cases is part of the manโ€™s jurisdiction."
2020.02.26
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ North Macedonia
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Pakistan
๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar
First Communal Spread In US
First case in the US of unknown origin.
China Writes Heroic Tale of National Fight Against COVID-19
"A Battle Against Epidemic: China Combating covid-19 in 2020" is published in China. "A project overseen by the Central Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China, the forthcoming hardback is billed as a tribute to President Xi Jinpingโ€™s โ€œoutstanding leadershipโ€ in the fight against the novel coronavirus." (Official Declaration: http://www.xinhuanet.com/2020-02/26/c_1125627516.htm)
2020.02.25
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Algeria
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain (Mainland)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland
Iran's Deputy Health Minister Contracts COVID-19
"The deputy minister...denied covering up the scale of the outbreak. He appeared in physical discomfort as he spoke to reporters..."
Seattle Researchers Proceed with Testing without Government Approval
"What came back confirmed their worst fear. They quickly had a positive test from a local teenager with no recent travel history. The coronavirus had already established itself on American soil without anybody realizing it..." (STAT also covered: https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/03/washington-state-risks-seeing-explosion-in-coronavirus-without-dramatic-action-new-analysis-says/)
2020.02.24
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ซ Afghanistan
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ Bahrain
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถ Iraq
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ผ Kuwait
๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ Oman
Medical Staff in Wuhan Plea For Help via The Lancet
"The conditions and environment here in Wuhan are more difficult and extreme than we could ever have imagined...."
China Postpones National People's Congresss
"For the first time in decades, Beijing...postponed the key political event, the National Peopleโ€™s Congress (NPC), where hundreds of delegates gather in Beijing every March..."
Apple Reopens Half of Stores in China
29/42 of Apple retail locations reopen in China with shortened hours. Factories outside Hubei province also start reopening with a slower ramp-up time than expected.
US Pres Tweets 'Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA'
"The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!"
2020.02.23
Turkey and Pakistan Close Borders With Iran
Turkey halts all incoming flights from Iran as well as closing all highways and railways between them. Pakistan has also closed its land border.
Japan Doesn't Test Medical Workers from Diamond Princess
"Doctors and nurses who donโ€™t have symptoms wonโ€™t be examined because they have "mastered the technology to prevent infection," the report said, citing the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare."
Austria Halts Train Traffic with Italy
"Austriaโ€™s state railroad temporarily halted train traffic from Italy across a key Alpine pass on Sunday in response to a rash of coronavirus cases in its southern neighbor..."
2020.02.21
WHO: 'Window of Containment Narrowing'
"This outbreak could go in any direction," Tedros said. "If we do well, we can avert any serious crisis, but if we squander the opportunity then we will have a serious problem on our hands."
10 Towns in Italy Go Into Lockdown
After experiencing the first COVID-19-related death 10 Italian cities go into lockdown.
2020.02.21
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง Lebanon
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy
Prisons In China Experience Outbreaks
"Prisons emerged as a new flashpoint...as three Chinese provinces reported outbreaks at penitentiaries...adding hundreds of previously unpublished cases to the official tally."
2020.02.20
First Death
๐Ÿ›ณ Princess Diamond
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea
Infected Americans Flown Home Against CDCโ€™s Advice
"New test results showed that 14 passengers were infected with the virus. The U.S. State Department had promised that no one with the infection would be allowed to board the planes. A decision had to be made. Let them all fly? Or leave them behind in Japanese hospitals?..The State Department and a top Trump administration health official wanted to forge ahead...But officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disagreed...The State Department won the argument. But unhappy CDC officials demanded to be left out of the news release..."
2020.02.19
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Iran
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Iran
๐Ÿ›ณ
Hundreds disembark from Diamond Princess quarantine.
China Expels 3 Journalists
"China said...that it would expel three Wall Street Journal reporters working in mainland China, a significant escalation of Beijingโ€™s pressure on the foreign news media...for a headline on an essay that ran in The Journalโ€™s editorial pages this month. The headline read: 'China Is the Real Sick Man of Asia.'" (Also worth noting from the day before: https://nyti.ms/38XXoKs) (Also see March 17)
Chinese Officials Draft Legislation to Ban Wildlife Trade
"Beijing issued a nationwide but temporary ban on all trade in wild animals, including their transport and sale in markets...Officials in Beijing now have drafted legislation to end 'the pernicious habit of eating wildlife...'"
Italy/Spain Football Game Becomes Superspreader Event
"The coronavirus was so present inside the stadium that night that once Valencia returned to Spain, 35% of its traveling squad eventually tested positive...Two weeks after [the game], there was an incredible explosion of cases [esp. in Lombardy and Bergamo]."
2020.02.18
Hospital Director Dies in Wuhan
"Liu Zhiming, director of the Wuchang hospital in Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak, himself died of the virus, according to a statement released by local government authorities. state media reported that doctors and nurses who die while trying to contain the outbreak will officially be designated as 'martyrs.'..."
2020.02.17
Prayer, Not Masks, Saved Indonesia
"As of this morning, there is zero confirmed coronavirus infection on Indonesian soil, which has raised questions over whether the country is ill-equipped to detect the disease or if Indonesians are somehow immune to the deadly virus. 'Medically, [itโ€™s thanks] to doa (prayer). Itโ€™s all because of doa,' [says Indonesian] Health Minister..."
2020.02.16
First Death
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Taiwan
WHO Joint Mission to China Begins (16 - 24)
"The overall goal of the Joint Mission was to rapidly inform national (China) and international planning on next steps in the response to the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-191) and on next steps in readiness and preparedness for geographic areas not yet affected."
2020.02.15
2020.02.14
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Egypt
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France
Top Hubei Officials Ousted
Xi Jinping fires top two officials in Hubei as punishment for mishandling on the epidemic.
2020.02.13
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan
Hubei Changes Test Report Definition
"Now, patients will be included who exhibit all the symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus โ€” including fever, cough and shortness of breath โ€” but have either not been tested or tested negative for the virus itself..."
Taiwan Extends Ban on Exportation of Face Mask
"Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs...announced the ban on exporting masks will continue until the end of April...Taiwan health authorities on Jan. 24 announced an export ban on face masks that was initially set to run between Jan. 24 and Feb. 23. The masks affected by the ban include N95 respirator masks, which can filter at least 94 percent of particles, as well as other masks made from textiles..."
Vox Publishes Piece on Silicon Valley's 'Paranoid Fear' of Coronavirus
"Thereโ€™s always a chance that the coronavirus could get out of control in techโ€™s backyard, but to a large extent, peopleโ€™s individual power to control that is limited, and some may see measures like no-handshake rules as a step too far." (Also see March 12)
2020.02.12
2020.02.11
Death Toll Passes 1,000 in China
As the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak reaches 1,016 in China, here is the latest on the crisis.
WHO Declares Official Name: COVID-19
The WHO declares an official name with simple origins (COronaVIrus Disease 2019), avoiding any connection it has to any culture or geographical location.
2020.02.10
Death Toll Surpasses That Of SARS
The number of deaths of COVID-19 surpasses the number of deaths from SARS.
Xi Jinping ไน ่ฟ‘ๅนณ Declares 'Peoples' War on Coronavirus'
Xi appears after a stint out of the public eye to address the public. His reappearance coincides with a downturn in confirmed-case numbers.
2020.02.09
Shincheonji Church of Jesus in South Korea
Confirmed coronavirus patient went to Shincheonji Church on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16. The curch's meeting conditions, large numbers of attendees and close quarters, becomes a breeding ground for the virus.
Fang Bin ๆ–นๆ–Œ Goes Missing
He is a clothes seller who filmed much of the front line in Wuhan, including some of the earlier/first video clips illustrating the number of deaths on the ground.
2020.02.08
PM Lee Hsien Loong Addresses Singapore
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong...urged Singapore to "take courage" amid [the] ongoing...outbreak and "see through this stressful time together".
First American Dies of Coronavirus in China
According to the United States Embassy in Beijing, the person was 60 years old and died at Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan...Two people familiar with the matter said the person was a woman and had underlying health conditions.
This is a Big Dealโ„ข๏ธ
"The purpose of this thread is to document and timestamp when it first became clear that nCov was likely to lead to a global pandemic."
2020.02.07
Chen Qiushi ้™ˆ็ง‹ๅฎž Goes Missing
He is an independent journalist who filmed scenes on the front-line in Wuhan.
Whistleblower Doctor Dies
"ๅฅๅบท็š„็คพไผšไธ่ฏฅๅชๆœ‰ไธ€็งๅฃฐ้Ÿณใ€‚" "A healthy society cannot only have one voice." Dr Li Wenliang dies of COVID19. His death sparks a cry for free speech from the public in China.
2020.02.06
Taiwan Passes Multiple Measures to Prevent Spread
Starting in early January, Taiwan passes multiple measures including travel alerts, extended school breaks, rationing masks, restrictions on Chinese travelers, and assuring unpaid leave for those with children.
2020.02.05
2020.02.04
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong
Xinhua Declares China Bought the World Time
Xinhua Net Publishes article stating that China 'bought time' for the world to combat the virus. (See March 13 for developments)
2020.02.03
Apple Closes All Stores China
"Out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts, weโ€™re closing all our corporate offices, stores and contact centers in mainland China through February 9." Closures started 2020.01.29.
2020.02.02
First Death
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines
2020.02.01
Chinese Woman Breaks Quarantine and Brags About It
"A CHINESE woman who knew she was infected with the deadly coronavirus has disguised her symptoms by deliberately taking antipyretics and successfully boarded a plane to France. She then bragged about her actions online in photographs with friends she met on arrival, according to Chinese media sources..." (Also see March 15)
Fang Bin ๆ–นๆ–Œ 's Bodybag Video Goes Viral
Clothes-seller Fang Bin ๆ–นๆ–Œ discovers 8 body-bags in 5 minutes just outside Wuhan's #5 hospital. This video elludes to a larger epidemic, with a higher death count, than official numbers suggest.
2020.01.31
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK
WHO Says To Maintain Business As Usual
"WHO says countries should keep borders open, trade & people moving despite coronavirus."
US Bans Most Travel to China
US declares state of public health emergency and bans most travel to China. Airlines start discontinuing routes to China as well.
China Says 'No Pets'
2020.01.30
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines
๐Ÿ›ณ Princess Diamond
Chen Qiushi ้™ˆ็ง‹ๅฎž 's Frontline Account Video Goes Viral
"ๅ‰้ขๅ„ฟๆ˜ฏ็—…ๆฏ’๏ผŒๅŽ่พนๅ„ฟๆ˜ฏไธญๅ›ฝๆณ•ๅพ‹ๅ’Œ่กŒๆ”ฟๅŠ›้‡ใ€‚" "Before of me is the virus, behind me is the CCP." Independent journalist Chen Qiushi ้™ˆ็ง‹ๅฎž shares his raw and emotional account of the frontlines in Wuhan early on the epidemic.
WHO Declares PHEIC
WHO declares public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)
2020.01.29
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช United Arab Emirates
Cases in All 31 Provinces in China
At least 7,711 cases in China. At least 170 deaths.
Amazon Sells Out of N95 Face Masks
People around the world scramble to buy N95 masks. Many send them to friends and family in China. Many are also purchasing in bulk to resell at higher prices.
Starbucks Closes Half Of All Stores In China
Starbucks closes over 2,000 stores to help contain outbreak in China.
2020.01.28
First Case
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Taiwan
Amazon Warns Shoppers About Counterfeit Face Masks
'Dear customer, all of our face masks are sold out. Please do not buy orders from other sellers to avoid getting counterfeit products,' PacingMed's product page reads. 'We are trying to replenish the stock by next month. Our brand is PacingMed. Sorry for the inconvenience.'
2020.01.27
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka
Mayor of Wuhan Resigns
Mayor Zhou Xianwang accepts responsibility for mishandling the epidemic and resigns.
Hang in There, Wuhan! -- ๆญฆๆฑ‰ๅŠ ๆฒน๏ผ
While under quarantine, apartment residents shout to each other 'Hang in there, Wuhan!'.
2020.01.26
Whistleblower Nurse Video Goes Viral
(Unconfirmed) Nurse in Hankou, Wuhan claims the situation is dire, medical supplies are not enough, as many as 90,000 are infected in Wuhan. This suggests the official numbers dramatically underrepresent the actual number of people infected.
2020.01.25
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia
Special Handling of So-Called Rumour Spreading on WeChat Declared
If users are found to be 'spreading rumours' relating to coronavirus they can subsequently be subjected to punishments ranging from various functionality disruption all the way to permanent account suspension. (Pronouncment: http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2020-01/26/c_1125503796.htm) (Also worth noting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Wenliang#/media/File:%E6%9D%8E%E6%96%87%E4%BA%AE%E7%9A%84%E8%AE%AD%E8%AF%AB%E4%B9%A6.png)
Disney Shut Down
Disney shuts down theme parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong (25th and 26th).
2020.01.24
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต Nepal
McDonald's Closes All Stores In Five Chinese Cities
McDonald's closes all stores in Wuhan, Ezhou, Huanggang, Qianjiang and Xiantao in Hubei province.
Outbreak Travels From Asia To Europe
A man who picked up COVID-19 in the sales conference in Singapore spreads the virus to five other Brits at a ski resort/chalet in France.
Taiwan Bans Export of Face Masks
"Taiwan's health authorities are on the alert and...announced a month-long export ban on surgical and N95 masks..."
2020.01.23
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore
๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Vietnam
2020.01.22
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ด Macau
Wuhan Lockdown
Wuhan city is put on lockdown -- cordon sanitaire. It is the largest quarantine in human history.
2020.01.21
CDC Publicly Announces First Case in US
"The CDC today confirmed the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States in the state of Washington. The patient recently returned from Wuhan, China..."
2020.01.20
First Case
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ US
Sales Conference in Singapore Becomes Superspreader Event
A sales conference in Singapore becomes a superspreader event. From here COVID-19 reaches Europe via France and causes clusters there, the UK, and Spain (Jan. 20 - Jan. 22).
2020.01.19
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea
2020.01.18
Wuhan Banquet of 130,000+
Even though Wuhan officials know about local hospitals' struggle to cope with a growing number of patients, they enjoy the annual New Years banuqet. With the high number of guests, close proximity, and cultural custom of sharing dishes, the virus has a golden opportunity to spread. (ไธญๆ–‡ and Date of Banquet: http://www.bjnews.com.cn/opinion/2020/01/21/677335.html)
2020.01.17
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2020.01.15
First Case
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan
2020.01.14
2020.01.13
2020.01.12
2020.01.11
First Case
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand
First Death
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China
2020.01.10
2020.01.09
2020.01.08
Chinese Scientists Announce Discovery of New Virus
"Chinese scientists investigating a mystery illness that has sickened dozens in central China have discovered a new strain of coronavirus, a development that will test the countryโ€™s upgraded capabilities for dealing with unfamiliar infectious diseases."
2020.01.07
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2019.12.31
China Notifies WHO
China notifes the WHO of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan
Taiwan Warns WHO of Human-To-Human Transmission
"Officials from Taiwan contend that it told the WHO in a Dec. 31 email about suspected human-to-human transmission..."
2019.12.30
A Doctor's Discovery
Dr Li Wenliang sends a message to a colleague WeChat group saying he's seeing SARS-like viruses in some patients.
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First Case
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China
China's Alleged First Case
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2019.11.17
First Case
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China
China's First Case
"โ€˜Patient zeroโ€™ has yet to be confirmed..."
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