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9:07 a.m. ET, June 3, 2024

A brief chronology of the Covid-19 pandemic

From the CNN editorial team

It may seem like a distant memory, but as a reminder: This is how the Covid-19 pandemic first developed:

31 December 2019 – Cases of pneumonia identified in Wuhan, China, are first reported to the WHO. During this reporting period, the virus is unknown. The cases occur between December 12 and 29, according to the Wuhan Municipal Health Department.
January 1, 2020 – Chinese health authorities have closed the Huanan seafood wholesale market after determining that wild animals sold there may be the source of the virus.
January 5, 2020 – China announces that the unknown pneumonia cases in Wuhan are not SARS or MERS. In a statement, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said a follow-up investigation into the outbreak has been launched.
7 January 2020 – Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified the virus as a novel coronavirus, initially named 2019-nCoV by the WHO.
20 January 2020 – China reports 139 new cases of the disease, including a third death. On the same day, the WHO's first situation report confirms cases in Japan, South Korea and Thailand.
20 January 2020 – The National Institutes of Health announce that they are working on a vaccine against the coronavirus. “The NIH is taking the first steps toward developing a vaccine,” says Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
21 January 2020 – Officials in Washington state confirm the first case on U.S. soil.
23 January 2020 – At an emergency meeting of the WHO Emergency Committee, the WHO stated that the coronavirus does not yet constitute a health emergency of international proportions.
6 February 2020 – First Covid-19 death in the USA: A person died of the coronavirus in Santa Clara County, California, but the connection was not confirmed until April 21.
26 February 2020 – Trump puts Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the U.S. government's response to the new coronavirus as criticism grows over the White House's handling of the outbreak.

29 February 2020 – A patient has died of coronavirus in the US state of Washington. For nearly two months, this was considered the first death from the virus in the US, until autopsy results announced on April 21 revealed two earlier deaths in California.

11 March 2020 – The WHO declares the outbreak of the new coronavirus a pandemic. The outbreak is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. In a speech in the Oval Office, Trump announces that he is restricting travel from Europe to the USA for 30 days to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The ban, which applies to the 26 countries of the Schengen area, only applies to foreign nationals and not to American citizens and permanent residents of the USA, who would be screened before entering the country.
13 March 2020 – Trump declares a national emergency to release $50 billion in federal funds to fight the coronavirus.