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Country Review and Timeline on the effects of COVID-19

This is an article “Country Review and Timeline on the effects of COVID-19” by Marc Pulisci.

Now that some cities are thinking about relaxing lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, some people might be thinking that it’d a good idea to go on holiday after being quarantined for months. However, with cases still rising across the country and all over the world, that may not be possible just yet.


Effects of COVID-19

Far from flattening the curve


Relaxing quarantine regulations is not exclusive to the United States alone as other nations have already gone ahead after seeing their number of cases drop. The sad thing is that most of these countries are experiencing a second wave of the pandemic, with South Korea reimposing lockdowns after reports of an asymptomatic bar-hopping man across the city triggered another outbreak. Over in China, experts warned of a second wave as infected clusters re-emerged in the northeast provinces and in Wuhan.


Fear also mounts all over Europe as countries have eased restrictions in lockdown measures to restart the economy. Germany, Belgium, and France are bracing for an increase in infected cases with faster doubling times when their respective economy opens, and instead shifting their focus on health system readiness and more access to treatment for the anticipated higher numbers.


Leniency on tourism and travel is definitely out of the question in terms of new normal policies as sports events, vacation hotspots, and practically anything that would assemble a crowd will remain shuttered perhaps for the remainder of the year until early 2021, unless an approved vaccine can be distributed globally.


To date, numbers of infected cases will nearly breach the five million mark globally, with over 300,000 fatalities reported. The United States continues to be on top of the international scale of confirmed cases, followed closely by Russia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Spain. Over in Asia, countries most affected by the pandemic include Iran (120,000), India (100,000), China (83,000), and Saudi Arabia (54,000).


Timeline of COVID-19 infection around the world


Here’s a summarized timeline of how the pandemic has spread across the globe and affected all of us in the short span of five months.


  • The first reported cases of pneumonia-like symptoms with an unknown cause in the populated Wuhan City were reported by Chinese health officials to the World Health Organization on December 31, 2019.

  • China officially tags the cause to a new coronavirus as the source of the outbreak on January 7.

  • First death is recorded in China on January 9.

  • Thailand reports its first imported case on January 13.

  • Japan reports its first case on January 16.

  • South Korea and the United States report their first cases on January 20.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the new coronavirus is contagious via human-to-human transmission, with 222 reported cases as of January 21.

  • The new coronavirus records more cases abroad including Canada and Australia’s first cases, the third for France which was the first to contract the virus in Europe, and Malaysia with four cases by January 25. The WHO is yet to tag the new coronavirus as an international health emergency.

  • The WHO reconvenes and declares the 2019-nCoV outbreak an international public health emergency.

  • The first 2019-nCoV death outside China is reported in the Philippines on February 2.

  • Deaths related to 2019-nCoV surpasses the 2002 and 2003 SARS epidemics with 800 reported fatalities on February 9.

  • WHO officially names the virus COVID-19 on February 11.

  • 12 countries now have COVID-19 cases spiking the total global to nearly 2000 cases outside China on February 18.

  • Global cases continue to rise with a total of 45 countries reporting infections for a total of 3,474 outside China on February 27.

  • WHO raises COVID-19 global alert from “high” to “very high” on February 28.

  • COVID-19 cases passes the 100,000 mark on March 7.

  • Over 100 countries are now infected by March 8.

  • WHO declares the global COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11.

  • Europe becomes the epicenter of the pandemic on March 13.

  • Cases in the African continent rise from 27 to 273 in a span of a week as recorded on March 15.

  • COVID-19 cases pass the 200,000 mark, accelerating its doubling time from three months to 12 days on March 19.

  • Cases pass the 300,000 mark on March 22 and the 400,000 mark two days after on March 24.

  • COVID-19 cases reach one million on April 2.

  • Global school closures are about 90% on April 6.

  • China lifts its lockdown implementation in Wuhan City on April 8.

  • COVID-19-related deaths surpass the 100,000 mark globally on April 10.

  • COVID-19 cases rose to two million worldwide on April 15, and the 2.5 million mark on April 21.

  • Global death toll reaches 200,000 on April 25.

  • Global COVID-19 cases reaches three million on April 27.

  • COVID-19 cases in the U.S. reaches one million or one-third of the total cases around the world on April 28.

  • Russia records a one-day total of 9,623 cases infecting 2% of its total population on May 2.

  • Recorded COVID-19 cases all over the world reaches four million on May 9.

  • China reports the first case of COVID-19 after lifting its lockdown measures in April on May 10, signalling a second wave of infection in the region. The next day, the country reported the emergence of clusters at the first epicenter where the virus originated.

  • The number of COVID-19 deaths worldwide surpasses the 300,000 mark on May 14.

  • The total recorded cases worldwide is at 4,636,173 with 311,827 deaths as of May 17.


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