OVER 4,66,39,000 CONFIRMED CASES AND 12,02,000 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
A 61-year old man from Wuhan became a first casualty to the virus leading to leading to world’s first lockdown there. The city attracted the attention of the world on January 8 when all the cases of “mysterious’’ pneumonia reported at the end of December were identified as a new Coronavirus.
WHO declared the situation a “public health emergency of international concern’’ after disease spread across mainland China as efforts to contain the virus to Wuhan city failed.
China claims to have registered an over 90,000 cases of Coronavirus and nearly 5,000 deaths, but the figures are expected to be much more.
171 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
WHO declares a global emergency as cases of Coronavirus cases emerge outside China also, in 18 countries.
362 DEATHS WORLD WIDE
First death reported outside China with a 44-year-old man from Philippines dying of COVID-19. Philippines register over 5,000 deaths as COVID-19 cases continue to mount despite strict lockdown restrictions in the country.
1,666 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
First death reported in Europe as a Chinese tourist dies in France.
4,611 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
WHO declares a pandemic as virus goes global.
After South East Asia, Middle East was hit hard, especially Turkey and Iran. Turkey registered an over 7,700 COVID-19 deaths.
5,414 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
With many countries witnessing increase in cases of Coronavirus, Europe becomes the epicenter of the pandemic.
11,046 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
With an over 9,900 deaths, Belgium was one of the first Eupropean countries to have a Coronavirus death when a Belgian woman returning from Wuhan was tested COVID-19 positive on February 4. It took another month for the cases to appear and in early March, several people were tested positive after they returned from holiday in North Italy.
By April 1, Belgium was the third highest death toll after Italy and Spain.
2,12,708 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
As Europe locksdown, virus spreads West making US the epicenter.
2,36,599 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
With 2,05,000 deaths, the number of people dying in US surpass China.
3,53,018 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
Coronavirus deaths in US reach 1,00,000.
4,60,545 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
The virus spreads across Latin America with cases in Brazil passing one million mark.
5,46,257 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
US withdraws from WHO marking growing disagreements over global response to the virus.
7,09,787 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
With an over 16,000 deaths in South Africa, cases of Coronavirus in Africa pass over one million.
7,16,089 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
With 50,000 deaths, Mexico become third country in the world to have highest number of Coronavirus deaths.
7,37,391 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
Russia had two Chinese nationals tested positive on January 31, but it enforced a national and border lockdown until May end only after March 2 when infection spread from Italy. The country had over 20,000 deaths.
Russia claims to have developed vaccine, much to the disbelief of experts. However, despite surpassing one million cases as on September 1, Russia figured at 12th place in respect to highest number of Coronavirus deaths in the world.
7,69,903 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
Italy reimposes restrictions as concerns grow about a second wave across Europe.
8,19,396 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
The Palestinian enclave of Gaza imposes, which had been able to fend off Coronavirus for months by shutting its borders for the world, imposes lockdown following confirmation of first community transmitted cases. Gaza had over 250 deaths.
8,25,680 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
India records world’s highest single day spike in cases. Though India has world’s highest number of more than 5.9 million cases, its death rate has been praised for being relatively low at nearly 95,500.
8,31,566 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
Peru surpasses Belgium in worst death rate.
8,79,577 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
Local lockdown and restrictions in UK as second wave begins.
10,00,000 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
With experts expecting a vaccine early next year in view of many having passed the advanced testing stage, restrictions on the lives of people remain as the virus continues to spread.
10,14,291 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
Oxford University set to commence a new clinical study to assess the anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) drug adalimumab in COVID-19 patients in the community, primarily care homes, across the UK.
10,44,490 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
Bharat Biotech partners with ViroVax to use the latter’s adjuvant to boost the immune response of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate Covaxin.
10,62,075 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
US based Emergent BioSolutions announces the beginning of Phase III INSIGHT-013 trial to analyse its plasma-derived therapy, COVID-19 Human Immune Globulin in patients admitted in hospitals.
Before phase-III trial, health authorities in Russia approve a second COVID-19 vaccine that has been created by a former bio-weapons research laboratory. This is the second time, Russia bypassed approval of the drug in a desperate move to control the rising Coronavirus cases.
10,98,434 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
Aridis Pharmaceuticals announces development of a neutralising monoclonal antibody, AR-711, obtained from recovered COVID-19 patients.
11,37,000 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
The US, India and Brazil remains most badly affected countries worldwide, accounting for 50 per cent of the total confirmed cases across the world.
12,02,000 DEATHS WORLDWIDE
Making up 20 per cent of the globally confirmed 46,639,000 cases, US continues to take the lead as most heavily affected country worldwide. With many regions across Europe experiencing a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, France, Germany and Belgium impose nationwide lockdown, while England is set to introduce it this week in an effort to contain the spread of virus.
As cases of infection and deaths increase, hope for a vaccine early next year remains, with several already having passed the advanced testing stages.
Until then, restrictions on people’s lives around the world remain as the virus continues to spread.