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Coronavirus crisis timeline – 100 days that changed the world

As the death toll continues to soar, it is hard to believe the world has only known about the deadly coronavirus for 100 days.

When the World Health Organisation was alerted to a mystery new illness in China on New Year’s Eve, only a handful of people had fallen ill.

Three and a half months on, it has claimed more than 75,000 lives worldwide, with 1.3 million confirmed cases, and China today reported its first day without a single death since the outbreak started.

Here, we look back on the key moments of the past 100 days as Covid-19 rocked the globe…

The source – the ‘wet market’ in Wuhan, China (Image: Internet Unknown)

December 31, 2019

Chinese authorities inform the World Health Organisation of a respiratory illness in the city of Wuhan.

Viral pneumonia has struck down 27 people, leaving seven critically ill. The outbreak is traced to a “wet” market selling wild animals.

January 8, 2020

Chinese TV identifies the possible cause as a new type of coronavirus – the first time many people have heard the phrase. But scientists say the risk of human transmission remains low.

January 11, 2020

The first person to die from the virus is identified as a 61-year-old man living in Wuhan who had “severe” underlying health issues.

Medics wheeling a patient into the Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan (Image: STRINGER/EPA-EFE/REX)

January 20, 2020

First signs of the virus spreading emerge as cases reported in Beijing, Shenzhen, Thailand and Japan.

January 22, 2020

Wuhan goes into travel lockdown with outbound flights and trains banned, and bus routes closed.

January 24, 2020

Health Secretary Matt Hancock chairs the Government’s first Cobra meeting on coronavirus and later insists the threat to the UK is “low”.

January 26, 2020

The Foreign Office tells Britons living in Wuhan to leave if they can.

January 28, 2020

The death toll passes 100.

January 30, 2020

The WHO declares the coronavirus outbreak a global emergency.

A shopper passing a mural in Milan, Italy on April 6 (Image: REUTERS)

January 31, 2020

The first people in the UK – two members of the same family – test positive for coronavirus. Britons arriving on flights from Wuhan are taken into quarantine.

February 2, 2020

The first coronavirus death outside of China is confirmed – in the Philippines.

February 11, 2020

Deaths in mainland China pass 1,000. The WHO says the disease caused by coronavirus will be called Covid-19.

Covid-19 cases worldwide

February 22, 2020

The first deaths are reported in Italy, leading to lockdown measures in the north of the country.

February 24, 2020

The WHO says the planet must prepare for a coronavirus pandemic.

The FTSE 100 hits a new 13-month low, with the leading companies having £150billion wiped off their value in four days.

February 28, 2020

A passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan becomes the first Briton to die from the virus.


The Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan. The first known Brit to get the virus was onboard. (Image: FRANCK ROBICHON/EPA-EFE/REX)

March 5, 2020

A woman in her 70s dies at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, the first person in the UK to die with coronavirus.

March 10, 2020

Cheltenham Festival still went ahead (Image: Getty Images)

The Cheltenham Festival, attracting 240,000 spectators over four days, goes ahead despite concerns about spreading the virus. Health Minister Nadine Dorries becomes the first British politician to test positive for Covid-19.

March 11, 2020

Coronavirus is declared a pandemic by the WHO. US President Donald Trump announces a ban on travellers from Europe, except the UK.

Hollywood star Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson say they are infected and are being treated in an Australian hospital.

Some 3,000 Atletico Madrid fans attend their side’s Champions League game against Liverpool at Anfield –despite Spain’s severe coronavirus outbreak.

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March 12, 2020

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tests positive for coronavirus.

March 13, 2020

Top-level football is suspended in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Some European countries begin to ban public gatherings.

March 14, 2020

Trump extends travel ban to those arriving from the UK and Ireland.

March 17, 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils £330billion package to help ailing businesses furlough staff.

March 18, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says schools and nurseries will close after March 20. Only vulnerable kids and those whose parents are key workers will be allowed to attend. Glastonbury, due to be headlined by Sir Paul McCartney, is cancelled.

March 20, 2020

Austin Brown, 74, sinks his final pint at the Red Lion pub in Llangynidr, Wales (Image: Rowan Griffiths / Daily Mirror)

Pubs and restaurants across the country are ordered to close from midnight.

Schools also close their doors.

March 23, 2020

The PM announces unprecedented lockdown measures in a dramatic TV address. People can only leave home for limited reasons and Britons overseas are told to return to the UK.

March 25, 2020

Prince of Wales tests positive for Covid-19 but is displaying only “mild symptoms”.

March 26, 2020

We applauded our NHS heroes (Image: Getty Images)

Millions of people clap on their doorsteps in the first nationwide round of applause for the NHS.

March 27, 2020

Mr Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock test positive for Covid-19, while Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty says he has symptoms of the disease and is self-isolating.

More than 750,000 people sign up to join a “volunteer army” to help with delivering supplies and getting in touch with lonely people.

March 28, 2020

Amged El-Hawrani became the first frontline NHS hospital worker to die after testing positive for coronavirus (Image: PA)

The total number of UK deaths from coronavirus passes 1,000.

Amged El-Hawrani, left, a 55-year-old consultant, becomes the first frontline NHS hospital worker to die after testing positive for coronavirus.

March 30, 2020

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, becomes the youngest person in the UK to die after contracting the deadly virus.

April 1, 2020

The Wimbledon Championships , the UK’s Grand Slam tennis tournament, is called off.

April 2, 2020

Chinese authorities ease lockdown measures on Wuhan, enabling many to leave their homes for the first time in months. Premier League football giant Tottenham Hotspur sparks fury after furloughing 550 non-playing staff.

April 3, 2020

Areema Nasreen, 36, from Walsall, West Mids, becomes the first NHS nurse to die from virus. The new NHS Nightingale field hospital opens at the ExCeL centre in East London.

The number of registered worldwide cases of coronavirus passes the one million mark.

April 5, 2020

The Queen makes a historic TV broadcast to nation, evoking the Blitz spirit as she tells 24 million viewers: “We will meet again.” Mr Johnson, below, is admitted to St Thomas’s Hospital in London as his symptoms persist.

The PM looked ill in a video message last week and is now in intensive care (Image: 10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty)

April 6, 2020

It is announced that the PM is being treated in intensive care.

Golf’s 149th Open Championship, at Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Kent, is cancelled.


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