US is on the brink of 500,000 COVID deaths

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JANUARY 3: The quantity of circumstances of a brand new sort of viral pneumonia in central China rises to 44 in an outbreak that awakens fearful recollections of the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic. Most of the circumstances are traced to the South China Seafood City market in the suburbs of sprawling Wuhan, the place choices are reported to incorporate wild animals.

JANUARY 9: Chinese state media report {that a} preliminary investigation of viral pneumonia in the metropolis of Wuhan has recognized a brand new sort of coronavirus. Local authorities report 59 folks with the sickness.

JANUARY 11: Health authorities in Wuhan report the nation’s first demise from the new coronavirus. 

JANUARY 20: The head of a Chinese authorities group says human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in an outbreak of the coronavirus, a growth that raises the chance that it may unfold extra shortly and extensively.

JANUARY 21: Face masks promote out and air and rail passengers are checked for fever as China seeks to manage the outbreak, which has reached 4 different nations and territories and threatens to unfold additional throughout the Lunar New Year journey rush. The U.S. reviews its first case — a Washington state resident who lately returned from the outbreak’s epicenter and was hospitalized close to Seattle.

JANUARY 22: Chinese state media report that the metropolis of Wuhan has shut down outbound flights and trains as new virus retains spreading.

JANUARY 23: The World Health Organization says the viral sickness in China that has sickened a whole bunch of folks is not but a world well being emergency. The determination comes after Chinese authorities moved to lock down three cities and canceled main occasions in the capital, Beijing, throughout the Lunar New Year vacation interval to attempt to comprise the virus.

JANUARY 24: China reviews that the quantity of virus circumstances has elevated to 1,287, and the demise toll risen to 41.

JANUARY 26: The U.S. confirms 5 circumstances of the new virus, all amongst individuals who traveled to the Chinese metropolis at the heart of the outbreak.

JANUARY 28: US well being officers develop screenings of worldwide vacationers and take different precautions. But they insist the threat to Americans is low. ‘At this level, Americans mustn’t fear for their very own security,’ Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar tells reporters.

JANUARY 29: The 195 Americans evacuated from the Chinese metropolis at the heart of the outbreak endure three days of testing and monitoring at a California navy base to make sure they don’t present indicators of the sickness. 

Medical workers members disinfect tools at an isolation ward for sufferers contaminated by COVID-19 in Wuhan, China  

JANUARY 30: The World Health Organization declares the outbreak a world emergency after the quantity of circumstances spikes greater than tenfold in per week. U.S. President Donald Trump presents some of his most intensive feedback on the virus up to now throughout an look at a Michigan manufacturing plant. ‘Hopefully, it will not be as dangerous as some folks assume it may very well be, however we’re working very intently with them (China) and with lots of different folks and lots of different nations,’ he mentioned. ‘We assume we’ve got it very nicely below management.’ Trump described the handful of US circumstances as a ‘little or no downside’ and mentioned these folks have been ‘recuperating efficiently’.

‘We assume it is going to have an excellent ending for us. That I can guarantee you,’ he mentioned.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross suggests in an interview that the outbreak would possibly supply an sudden profit for the US financial system by encouraging American producers in China to return to the United States.

JANUARY 31: United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines droop all flights to and from China as the virus spreads. The United States declares a public well being emergency and takes drastic steps to limit entry. Trump indicators an order that may quickly bar international nationals, apart from quick household of U.S. residents and everlasting residents, who’ve traveled in China inside the final 14 days.

FEBRUARY 4: German well being officers increase questions on a report that implies the new virus may very well be unfold by people who find themselves not but exhibiting signs. The report, revealed in the New England Journal of Medicine, stirs concern that controlling the virus can be extra daunting if it is spreading earlier than folks know they’re sick. A Japanese official says at the very least 10 folks on cruise ship have new virus and all 3,700 folks on it will likely be quarantined.

FEBRUARY 6: A Chinese physician who acquired in hassle with authorities in the communist nation for sounding an early warning about the coronavirus outbreak dies after coming down with the sickness. Dr. Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist, was reprimanded by native police for ‘spreading rumors’ about the sickness in late December.

FEBRUARY 11: The illness attributable to the virus will get an official identify: COVID-19. The World Health Organization says it wished a reputation that didn’t seek advice from a geographical location, an animal, a person or group of folks however was ‘pronounceable and associated to the illness.’

FEBRUARY 12: Japan’s well being ministry says 39 new circumstances of the virus are confirmed on a cruise ship quarantined at a Japanese port. The replace brings the complete discovered on the Diamond Princess to 174 circumstances.

FEBRUARY 15: China reviews 143 virus deaths and a dip in new circumstances. The head of the World Health Organization praises the nation’s efforts to comprise the new illness, saying Chinese officers have ‘purchased the world time’ and that different nations should make the most of it.

FEBRUARY 19: Iran’s state-run IRNA information company says the virus has killed two Iranian residents.

FEBRUARY 21: Italy sees confirmed virus circumstances greater than quadruple attributable to an rising cluster in the nation’s north.

FEBRUARY 24: Wall Street endures its worst session in two years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumping greater than 1,000 factors on fears that the viral outbreak that started in China will weaken the world financial system.

FEBRUARY 25: Stocks droop once more, driving the S&P 500 down 3%, as fears develop that the virus will gradual the world financial system. Trump’s high financial adviser, Larry Kudlow, seeks to ease risky markets by assuring buyers that the administration has the virus ‘contained’ and ‘it was fairly near hermetic.’ Kudlow added that coronavirus could also be a ‘human tragedy,’ however he predicted it will not be an ‘financial tragedy.’ At one level, when the stock market was plunging, he talked about the prospect of ‘shopping for the dip.’

FEBRUARY 27: President Trump declares {that a} widespread U.S. outbreak of the virus is not inevitable, whilst high well being authorities at his facet warn Americans that extra infections are coming.

FEBRUARY 28: Nigerian authorities verify the first case of the virus in sub-Saharan Africa as the outbreak spreads to a area with some of the world’s weakest well being methods. Trump lashes out at Democrats who question his dealing with of the virus risk, calling their criticism a ‘hoax’ supposed to undermine his management.

FEBRUARY 29: As the virus spreads quickly in central China, the nation’s authoritarian authorities orders the unprecedented lockdown of 60 million folks in the hardest-hit province. The shutdown of public transport in some cities, the closing of leisure venues nationwide and a heavy dose of worry empty the streets of the world’s most populous nation. The virus claims its first sufferer in the United States, and the quantity of circumstances shoot up in Iran, Italy and South Korea.

MARCH 1: Seeking to reassure the American public, President Trump says there is ‘no purpose to panic’ about the virus. The White House additionally declares that the U.S. is banning journey to Iran and urging Americans to not journey to areas of Italy and South Korea the place the virus has been prevalent.

MARCH 3: In a shock transfer, the Federal Reserve cuts its benchmark curiosity rate by a large half-percentage level in an effort to assist the financial system in the face of the spreading coronavirus.

MARCH 4: The Italian authorities orders all sporting occasions to happen with out followers till April 3 attributable to the outbreak.

MARCH 5: The Senate passes an $8.3 billion measure to offer federal public well being businesses money for vaccines, checks and potential therapies. The bundle additionally helps state and native governments reply to the risk. The House already authorised the measure. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, cast the sole no vote. He would later turn out to be the first senator to check optimistic for the virus.

President Donald Trump holds up a chart on global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing as he sits in front of coronavirus testing machines and their boxes that he brought with him from Washington for his visit to a Honeywell facility manufacturing protective face masks in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 5

President Donald Trump holds up a chart on world coronavirus illness (COVID-19) testing as he sits in entrance of coronavirus testing machines and their bins that he introduced with him from Washington for his go to to a Honeywell facility manufacturing protecting face masks in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 5 

MARCH 6: President Trump’s go to to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention turns right into a scattershot protection of his administration’s dealing with of the outbreak, veering into political score-settling and exaggerations. He calls Washington’s governor a ‘snake.’ He additionally says he would like that folks uncovered to the virus on a cruise ship be left aboard so they won’t be added to the depend for the nation’s complete quantity of infections. And he falsely claimed {that a} take a look at for the virus was obtainable instantly to all who need it.

MARCH 8: Italy’s prime minister declares a sweeping coronavirus quarantine, proscribing the actions of a few quarter of the nation’s inhabitants in a bid to restrict contagions at the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak. Shortly after midnight, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte indicators a decree affecting about 16 million folks in the nation’s affluent north, together with the Lombardy area, and at the very least 14 provinces in neighboring areas. The extraordinary measures are to be in place till April 3.

MARCH 11: The province at the heart of China’s virus outbreak begins permitting factories and another companies to reopen in a present of confidence that Beijing is gaining management over the illness that devastated its financial system. Wall Street’s staggering skid pulls the Dow Jones Industrial Average right into a bear market. The Dow has now fallen greater than 20% from its final peak on Feb. 12. President Trump says the U.S. will droop all journey from Europe, excluding the United Kingdom, for 30 days.

MARCH 12: The NBA turns into the first main American sports activities league to droop play as a result of of the pandemic. The NCAA quickly cancels males’s and girls’s Division I basketball tournaments. Also, New York’s governor orders all Broadway theaters to close their doorways. President Trump says he is quickly halting his political rallies.

MARCH 13: Trump declares a nationwide emergency in response to the unfold of the virus. The declaration begins the course of below which state and tribal governments can search federal {dollars} for assist responding to the virus. Louisiana turns into first state to postpone its presidential major as a result of of the pandemic. Visits to inmates in any respect 122 federal prisons are halted for 30 days.

MARCH 14: Spain locks down its 46 million residents, and France orders the closing of nearly every thing the relaxation of the world loves about it — the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the cafes and eating places — as governments take more and more determined measures to place extra space between folks and comprise the coronavirus. Trump’s physician says the president has examined detrimental for the coronavirus.

MARCH 16: The Peace Corps tells volunteers round the world that it is suspending all operations globally and evacuating all volunteers in mild of the unfold of the virus. The Supreme Court postpones arguments. The Trump administration urges older folks and others at elevated threat to remain house and stay away from different folks. The Dow dives 13%, its worst drop in three a long time, as fears deepen that virus will throw world financial system into recession.

MARCH 17: The Trump administration says people and companies can be allowed to delay paying their 2019 tax payments for 90 days previous the standard April 15 deadline. The extension is an effort to inject as much as $300 billion into the financial system at a time when the coronavirus seems on the verge of inflicting a recession. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak orders a monthlong closure of casinos and different nonessential companies like bars, film theaters and gymnasiums.

MARCH 18: Trump says he’ll invoke Defense Production Act to marshal the non-public sector in response to the pandemic. The Census Bureau declares it is suspending all subject operations till early April.

MARCH 19: Italy overtakes China as the nation with most coronavirus-related deaths, registering 3,405 lifeless. The California governor points statewide order for folks to remain at house.

MARCH 20: Stocks shut out their worst week since 2008 as financial woes from coronavirus appear positive to deepen; Dow sinks 900 factors. Illinois and New York state be part of California in ordering all residents to remain of their properties except they’ve very important causes to exit, proscribing the motion of greater than 70 million Americans in the most sweeping measures undertaken but in the U.S. to comprise the virus.

MARCH 22: Sen Rand Paul of Kentucky checks optimistic for the coronavirus, turning into the first case of COVID-19 in the Senate and elevating fears about the additional transmission of the virus amongst Republicans at the Capitol. Paul, a watch surgeon, went into quarantine after studying his outcomes.

MARCH 23: British Prime Minster Boris Johnson orders closure of most shops, bans gatherings for 3 weeks to cease coronavirus.

MARCH 24: The International Olympic Committee postpones this summer time’s Tokyo Games for a year. In the US, the Federal Reserve takes a number of aggressive steps to assist an financial system ravaged by the results of the virus. The quantity of money concerned is big and the Fed’s ambitions are huge. It needs to make loans obtainable to firms and governments to allow them to pay payments and probably keep away from layoffs. The Fed additionally dedicated to purchase as a lot authorities debt and as many mortgage-backed securities because it deems crucial. Meanwhile, Trump eyes loosening virus restrictions, says he hopes to have nation ‘opened up and simply raring to go by Easter’.

MARCH 25: Palace declares that inheritor to the British throne Prince Charles checks optimistic for coronavirus, has gentle signs. Senate leaders race to unravel last-minute snags and win passage of an unparalleled $2 trillion financial rescue bundle that steers assist to companies, employees and well being care methods engulfed by the pandemic.

MARCH 27: Trump indicators an unprecedented $2.2trillion financial rescue bundle into legislation after swift and near-unanimous motion by Congress to assist companies, rush resources to overburdened well being care suppliers and assist struggling households throughout the deepening epidemic. Leaders acted with unity and resolve unseen since the 9/11 assaults to stem an financial free fall.

Another 2020 pandemic milestone came when Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the FDA on December 11

Another 2020 pandemic milestone got here when Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was authorised by the FDA on December 11

APRIL 2: The surge in COVID put almost 10 million Americans out of jobs. 

APRIL 26: The world demise toll surpassed 200,000.

APRIL 30: American Airlines and Delta Air Lines introduced that they might require passengers and workers to put on face masks. 

May 27: The United States surpassed 100,000 deaths.

June 20: Numerous southern states noticed spikes in coronavirus circumstances with Florida and South Carolina breaking their single-day data for brand new circumstances round this time. 

July 10: The US reached 68,000 new circumstances for the first time, setting a single-day report for the seventh time in 11 days.

August 1: US reviews that circumstances in July doubled greater than the complete of another month. 

August 3: President Donald Trump addressed the demise toll, saying: ‘It is what it is,’ sooner or later earlier than the US surpassed 150,000 deaths.

August 16: The CDC started growing a plan to distribute a vaccine for the virus. 

September 13: Midwestern states began exhibiting a spike in COVID-19 circumstances. 

September 22: The US demise toll surpassed 200,000. 

October 2: President Trump examined optimistic for the virus. 

November 8: The United States surpassed 10 million infections.

November 17: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first at-home coronavirus take a look at.

December 11: The FDA authorised a vaccine by Pfizer. 

December 14: The demise toll in the US spiked above 300,000.

December 18: The FDA authorised the Moderna COVID vaccine.

Source: Associated Press & The New York Times 

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