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Timeline of the COVID-19

December 31, 2019

Chinese authorities inform WHO’s China office of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China, with unknown cause.

March 23, 2020

Officials close the Huanan seafood market, suspected to be the source of the mystery disease.

January 3, 2020

China reports a total of 44 suspected patients with the mystery disease.

January 7, 2020

China identifies new coronavirus as cause of the outbreak.

January 9, 2020

China reports first death linked to the new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV. The patient was 61 year old male.

January 12, 2020

China shares the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus, helping countries in testing and tracing any potentially infected people.

January 13, 2020

Thailand reports first imported case of 2019-nCoV. The patient, a 61-year-old woman from Wuhan

January 21, 2020

WHO confirms human-to-human transmission of the virus.

January 25, 2020

The 2019-nCoV reaches Australia, France, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Canada and HongKong.

January 30, 2020

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WHO Director-General TedrosAdhanomGhebreyesus declares the 2019-nCoV outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, noting the potential spread of the virus to countries with weak health systems.

India reported its first confirmed case of 2019-nCoV.

February 3, 2020

China launches a clinical trial of Gilead’s antiviral drug remdesivir, previously tested in patients with Ebola, against the 2019-nCoV, just as China’s Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan starts operations. The hospital was built in 10 days and is dedicated to treating 2019-nCoV patients.

February 9, 2020

The death toll of victims of the 2019-nCoV is now over 800, surpassing the death toll of the SARS epidemic in 2002 and 2003, which killed 773 people.

February 11, 2020

WHO assigns the novel coronavirus its official name: COVID-19.

February 17, 2020

China publishes a paper with detailed information on more than 44,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.The data shows that more than 80% of patients have mild disease; about 14% of cases lead to severe diseases, including pneumonia; about 5% of cases lead to critical diseases including respiratory failure, septic shock and multiorgan failure; and about 2% of reported cases lead to death.

March 7, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases surpasses 100,000.

March 11, 2020

WHO Director-General TedrosAdhanomGhebreyesus declares the global COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

March 13, 2020

“Europe has now become the epicenter of the pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China,” saysWHO Director-General TedrosAdhanomGhebreyesu.

March 22, 2020

Global cases of COVID-19 surpass 300,000. It took over three months to reach the first 100,000 confirmed cases, 12 days to reach 200,000 and three days to reach 300,000.

March 27, 2020

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19.

In a scientific brief, WHO reiterates respiratory droplets and indirect contact with surfaces or objects used by an infected person are still the main routes of transmission for SARS-CoV-2.

April 2, 2020

Cases of COVID-19 surpass 1 million.

April 8, 2020

China lifts its lockdown on Wuhan, the city where the COVID-19 outbreak began.

April 15, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases surpasses 2 million.

How coronavirus gets inside the cell of the host cell

Researchers have found that the SARS-CoV-2 spike was 10 to 20 times more likely to bind ACE2 on human cells than the spike from the SARS virus from 2002. This may enable SARS-CoV-2 to spread more easily from person to person than the earlier virus.
Even though there is similarity in the protein structure of the spikes of 2002 SARS and SARS-CoV-2, the antibodies that were effective against 2002 SARS haven’t shown any result for SARS-CoV-2. As such, researchers are studying this virus closely to find a cure.