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The novel coronavirus has spread across China and beyond.

April 8

Outside China

- COVID-19 deaths top 80,000 worldwide: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- The US state of New York lost 731 lives to COVID-19 from Monday to Tuesday, bringing the state's death toll to 5,489 (Read more)

- Italy's daily recoveries exceed new infections (Read more)

- British PM spending second night in intensive care (Read more)

- India COVID-19 death toll rises to 149 as total cases reach 5,194 (Read more)

- COVID-19 deaths surpass 10,000 in France


- Chinese mainland reports 62 new COVID-19 infections and 137 new asymptomatic cases on Tuesday (Read more)

- Wuhan reopens after months-long lockdown (Read more)

- Hubei to remain alert as lockdown lifted Wednesday: Official

April 7

Outside China

- France's coronavirus death toll jumps to nearly 9,000 (Read more)

- US COVID-19 deaths top 10,000: Johns Hopkins University

- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care, COVID-19 death toll exceeds 5,300 (Read more)

- Japan PM Abe declares state of emergency over coronavirus (Read more)

- Confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 10,000 in Africa: Africa CDC (Read more)


A shopkeeper makes hot dry noodles, a famous snack in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei province, on April 7, 2020. [Photo by Zhou Guoqiang/For]

- Chinese mainland reports 32 new COVID-19 infections, all imported, and 30 new asymptomatic cases on Monday. (Read more)

April 6

Outside China

- US virus deaths top 1,200 in last 24 hours: Johns Hopkins tracker

- Captain removed from coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier reportedly tests positive for COVID-19 (Read more)

- Italy records lowest daily coronavirus deaths in nearly three weeks

- Tiger at New York's Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus, in the first known case of a human infecting an animal (Read more)

- Scotland's chief medical officer resigns after violating lockdown rules

- South Korea reports fewer than 50 new coronavirus cases for first time since Feb 29 peak

- COVID-19 deaths top 70,000 worldwide: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 39 new COVID-19 infections and 78 new asymptomatic cases on Sunday (Read more)

- Govt to blacklist passengers for providing wrong health information (Read more)

- China tightens land borders to contain COVID-19 (Read more)

April 5

Outside China

- Global coronavirus death toll tops 60,000, cases pass 1.1 million: WHO, as of 10:00 CET Sunday: WHO (Read more)

- Global daily new COVID-19 cases surpassed 100,000 for the first time: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Global confirmed COVID-19 cases top 1.2 million on Saturday evening: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Jordan mulls imposing full curfew to contain COVID-19 (Read more)

- Italy's coronavirus cases near 120,000 with falling trend in new infections


People are out shopping in Wuhan on April 5. [Photo by Wang Jing/]

- Chinese mainland reports 30 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, 25 imported cases and 47 new asymptomatic cases (Read more)

April 4

Outside China

Healthcare workers wheel the bodies of deceased people from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, April 4, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people to wear cloth face coverings to protect against COVID-19 as the country's cases top 270,000, with a death toll over 7,100. (Read more)

- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide has risen above 1.1 million, according to a new tally from Johns Hopkins University. (Read more)

- Death toll from COVID-19 passes 60,000 worldwide: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Trump invokes DPA to prevent export of medical protective gears during coronavirus outbreak (Read more)


People in Wuhan mourn at Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge at 10 am on April 4, 2020. [Photo by Li Ziyun/for]

- China mourns martyrs who sacrificed their lives in COVID-19 fight and others who died of the disease. (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 19 new infections of novel coronavirus, with 18 imported cases, and 64 new asymptomatic cases on Friday. (Read more)

- South China's Guangxi suspends cross-border passenger transport (Read more)

April 3

Outside China

- COVID-19 pandemic kills over 50,000 worldwide as of 10:00 CET Friday: WHO

- Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide exceed 1 million - Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- UK reports record coronavirus daily death toll of 684, for a cumulative total of 3,605

- Spain's coronavirus deaths rose to 10,935 from 10,003 on the previous day, showing the first fall in a daily death toll since March 26 (Read more)

- US Democratic National Convention delayed until August

- Trump tested again for coronavirus, result was negative: White House (Read more)

- US Navy relieves aircraft carrier commander who wrote letter urging coronavirus action (Read more)

- COVID-19 death toll close to 14,000 in Italy

- Portuguese president announces 15-day extension of State of Emergency


A fireman fully clad in protective gear disinfects Terminal 3 at Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan. [Photo by Ke Hao/for china daily]

Chinese mainland reports 31 new infections of COVID-19 and 60 new asymptomatic cases on Thursday (Read more)

April 2

Outside China

- US becomes first nation with more than 200,000 COVID-19 infections and sets new single day record with 884 deaths -- Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- US records youngest death: a six-week-old in Connecticut

- Global economy could shrink by 1 percent in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic: UN

- France becomes the fourth country to pass the 4,000 coronavirus deaths threshold, after Italy, Spain and the US

- The UN's COP 26 climate change summit due to take place in the Scottish city of Glasgow in November has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic (Read more)


A makeshift memorial for late doctor Li Wenliang at an entrance to the Central Hospital of Wuhan in Central China's Hubei province on Feb 7, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- 14 people who died in fight against COVID-19 identified as martyrs (Read more)

- China brings 1,457 Chinese citizens back from abroad on nine arranged charter flights in March (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 35 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, all imported cases and 55 new asymptomatic cases

April 1

Outside China

- Spain's COVID-19 death toll tops 9,000 as total cases pass 100,000 (Read more)

- UN chief calls for global 'solidarity' in fight against COVID-19 (Read more)

- US has over 188,000 COVID-19 cases, more than 4,000 death -- Johns Hopkins University

- California to release 3,500 inmates to mitigate COVID-19 spread
(Read more)

- G20 finance ministers agree on delivering roadmap in response to COVID-19 (Read more)

- Members of the European Union's Parliament call on the United Kingdom to delay its full and final exit from the bloc (Read more)

- Sweden introduces ban on visits to elderly homes and vows to expand testing (Read more)

- Australian health minister calls those violating self-isolation rules as a 'disgrace' (Read more)


Some medical workers sent from East China's Shandong province to help fight the novel coronavirus outbreak in Central China's Hubei province reunited with their family members after working there for 40 days and finishing a 14-day quarantine. [Photo by Zhao Ruixue/]


- Chinese mainland reports 36 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, with 35 being imported cases; 130 asymptomatic cases (Read more)

Wuhan's neighboring city Huanggang to reopen restaurants, bookstores (Read more)

March 31

Outside China

- The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has exceeded 800,000, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE)

- US has over 160,000 COVID-19 cases, more than 3,000 death -- Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- WHO expert says COVID-19 outbreak potentially stabilizing in Europe (Read more)

- Benefits show lockdown sacrifice is worthwhile, says Milan resident (Read more)

- UK's Prince Charles, 71, out of self-isolation and in good health (Read more)

- US Navy ship arrives in NYC to ease pressure on hospitals (Read more)

- Pakistani PM announces formation of volunteers' force to fight against COVID-19


The support team from the First Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province leaves Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, on March 31, 2020. [Photo by Wu Yong/]


- Chinese mainland reports 48 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, all imported cases; 1 new death (Read more)

Largest group of medics leaves Wuhan for hometowns (Read more)

March 30

Outside China

- COVID-19 pandemic kills over 30,000 people worldwide: WHO (Read more)

- Trump extends national social distancing guidelines to April 30 (Read more)

- Moscow introduces home isolation regime for all residents (Read more

- Trudeau continues self-isolating after his wife's recovery from COVID-19 (Read more)

- First batch of Chinese medical equipment arrives in Croatia (Read more)

- Latvia toughens social distancing requirements (Read more)

- South Korea to provide 4-person household with $820 in emergency relief package (Read more)


Graduating students attend a class at Hohhot No 35 Middle School in Hohhot, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, March 30, 2020. Students in their final year of senior and junior high schools in Inner Mongolia returned to school and embraced their new spring semester on Monday. [Photo/Xinhua]

- Imported cases remain vast majority in new coronavirus infections. (Read more)

- A novel coronavirus patient who received medical treatment in Beijing's Xiaotangshan Hospital discharged (Read more)

- Middle, elementary schools in Beijing will begin online classes from April 13

March 29

Outside China

- The US reports more than 2,000 COVID-19 related deaths: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- More than 30,000 COVID-19 deaths have been reported worldwide, more than 649,000 confirmed cases globally: Johns Hopkins University

- The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 10,023 lives in locked-down Italy as of Saturday (Read more)

- S.Korea to quarantine all entrants from overseas for 2 weeks

- Public gatherings limited to two people in Australia; People over 70 advised to stay home, self-isolate (Read more)


Passengers arrive at the Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province on March 29, 2020, the second day the station reopened to traffic after a 65-day closure due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. [Photo by Chen Liang/for]

- President Xi inspects the resumption of work and production in Zhejiang (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 45 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, with 44 being imported cases; 5 new deaths (Read more)

- Two players of China's women's ice hockey team test positive for COVID-19 after flying back home from the US

- China sends specialists and equipments to the UK (Read more)

- Cases of asymptomatic patients low in China: Zhong Nanshan (Read more)

- Beijing tightens outbound travel as pandemic worsens overseas (Read more)

- Over 7,000 people stranded in Hubei return back to Beijing (Read more)

- Drinking water in Hubei remains at or above standard (Read more)

March 28

Outside China

- Spain's coronavirus death toll rises by 832 in 24 hours to 5,690 (Read more)

- The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has exceeded 600,000, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Iran death toll rises by 139 to 2,517 in last 24 hours (Read more)

- Shangri-La Dialogue 2020 cancelled over COVID-19 (Read more)




- China sends medical expert team to Pakistan to help fight COVID-19 outbreak (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 54 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, with 54 being imported cases; 3 new deaths. (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports zero increase in domestic COVID-19 cases. (Read more)

March 27

Outside China

- UK PM Johnson, health minister Hancock test positive for coronavirus

- COVID-19 pandemic hits 200 countries, regions: WHO

- US becomes country with most COVID-19 cases (Read more)

- UN chief to G20: 'We are at war … and not winning' (Read more)

- Putin urges G20 to lift sanctions on essential goods due to COVID-19 (Read more)

- Erdogan urges world countries for joint efforts in combating COVID-19 (Read more)

- Coronavirus claims over 8,000 lives in Italy (Read more)

- Australia to quarantine all passengers from abroad from Sunday (Read more)


Medical staff dispatched from Beijing to Wuhan to help fight the novel coronavirus outbreak arrives at the Beijing West Railway Station on March 25, 2020. The first batch of over 60 medics has been sent to a designated facility to start 14 days of quarantine after their arrival on Wednesday night. [Photo by Zou Hong/]

- Chinese mainland reports 55 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, with 54 being imported cases; 5 new deaths (Read more)

- China suspends entry by foreign nationals  (Read more)

March 26

Outside China

- G20 leaders meet virtually to coordinate virus response (Read more)

- Global confirmed cases top 400,000 - WHO (Read more)

- US COVID-19 deaths top 1,000 - Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- WHO urges countries to use 'a second window of opportunity' to stop COVID-19 transmission (Read more)

- WTO chief sees sharp fall in trade, calls for global solutions to COVID-19 crisis (Read more)

- Russia will ban nearly all international flights from midnight Friday (Read more); Putin announces paid leave for all Russians next week (Read more)

- France's Macron launches army operation to win war against COVID-19 (Read more)

- Malaysian King, Queen under quarantine after staff test positive for COVID-19 (Read more)

- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative (Read more)


Chartered buses carrying migrant workers Central China's Hubei province, arrive in Fuzhou, East China's Fujian province, on March 26, 2020. [Photo provided to]

- Chinese mainland reports 67 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, all imported cases; 6 new deaths (Read more)

- Every foreign airline limited to only one air route to China and one flight a week starting Sunday (Read more)

- All inbound travelers to Shanghai to face quarantine starting from 6pm today to prevent virus spread  (Read more)

March 25

Outside China

- WHO: US could be new global epicenter of coronavirus outbreak (Read more)

- New Zealand PM declares national emergency to tackle COVID-19 (Read more)

- Indian PM Modi announces 21-day lockdown to fight COVID-19 (Read more)

- COVID-19 shrinks UN HQ staff but triggers innovation (Read more)

- Malaysia extends comprehensive restrictive measures to contain COVID-19 outbreak (Read more)

- UK parliament set to close for at least four weeks on Wednesday (Read more)


A passenger gets onto a bus at Wuchang Railway Station complex in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, on March 25, 2020. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/]

- President Xi Jinping will attend a special Group of 20 leaders' summit on COVID-19 (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 47 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, all imported cases; 4 new deaths (Read more)

17 train stations in Wuhan to resume operation for travellers (Read more)

- Risk level for COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan downgraded from high to medium

Hubei begins normal road operations (Read more)

More than 800 people stranded in Hubei province arrived in Beijing this afternoon

- Wuhan will resume commercial flights on April 8, excluding international flights and flights to and from Beijing

March 24

Outside China

-Japan agrees to defer Olympic Games to 2021 (Read more)

- Global confirmed cases reach 332,930, 14,510 deaths -WHO (Read more)

- Italy registers 63,927 coronavirus cases, day-to-day slowdown of deaths (Read more)

- US stocks plunge despite Federal Reserve's expansion of programs intended to stabilize financial markets and keep credit flowing (Read more)

- Britain introduces stricter measures to fight COVID-19 (Read more)

- Serbia announces massive testing for COVID-19 with Chinese help (Read more)

- Portuguese PM wants EU plan to support virus-battered economy (Read more)


The construction site of a bridge project is seen in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, on March 24, 2020. [Photo by Su Feng/]

- Chinese mainland reports 78 new infections of COVID-19 on March 23, with 74 being imported cases; 7 new deaths,all in Wuhan of Hubei (Read more)

- Total COVID-19 imported cases in China reach 427 as of Monday (Read more)

- Wuhan reports 1 new COVID-19 case in six days (Read more)

- Wuhan to end its lockdown on April 8 with other parts of Hubei province lifting travel curbs on March 25 (Read more)

- People who disturb inspection and quarantine for controlling the outbreak at customs will be held liable no matter where they are from - judicial authorities (Read more)

Inbound passengers to Beijing must undergo testing and quarantine (Read more)

March 23

Outside China

- The coronavirus death toll in Spain has reached 2,182, adding 462 fatalities overnight

- European nations strive to combat COVID-19 with raft of further measures as Merkel put in quarantine (Read more)

- Japanese Prime Minister Abe says Tokyo Olympics postponement possible (Read more)

- Greek PM announces nationwide lockdown to contain virus spread after 15 deaths (Read more)

- New Zealand announces move to enter lockdown over next 48 hours (Read more)

- US President Donald Trump approves Major Disaster Declaration in state of California (Read more)

- Canada and Australia will not send athletes to Tokyo Olympics unless the Games are postponed by a year (Read more)


People wearing masks ride bicycles and motorcycles in Xiaogan, Central China's Hubei province, March 23, 2020. Xiaogan, once the second-worst hit city by the novel coronavirus outbreak in Hubei after Wuhan, has become a low-risk area and residents are gradually resuming normal life. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/]

Chinese mainland reports 39 new infections of COVID-19 on March 22, all imported cases; 9 new deaths (Read more)

China sends a team of medical experts to Cambodia to help the country fight the COVID-19 (Read more)

March 22

Outside China

A man wears a mask as he walks through Knightsbridge, as the number of coronavirus cases grow around the world, in central London, Britain, March 14, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- Global death toll from COVID-19 top 10,000: WHO (Read more)

- Italy further tightens lockdown rules, closing all non-essential businesses (Read more)

- New York state becomes COVID-19 epicenter in US with over 10,000 cases (Read more)

- 40 African countries confirm 1,114 COVID-19 cases as death toll rises to 28: Africa CDC

- Iran's health ministry said on Sunday that at least 1,685 people have died of COVID-19 in the country (Read more)


Passengers wearing masks are seen at the terminal hall of the Beijing Capital International Airport, in Beijing, Jan 23, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- 46 new infections are reported in Chinese mainland, with 45 being imported cases; zero new cases in Hubei (Read more)

- Guangdong reports first indigenous COVID-19 case infected by imported patient (Read more)

- A total of 314 imported COVID-19 cases have been reported in 19 provincial-level regions across China as of Saturday

March 21

Outside China

- 627 patients died of COVID-19 in Italy on Friday, its biggest daily spike. (Read more)

- Confirmed cases in the US reached 19,624, up about 5,000 from the previous day. (Read more)

- The total deaths linked to COVID-19 around the world have topped 10,000.

- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces closure of all UK pubs, cafes and restaurants. (Read more)

- Italy to close parks and other open spaces to curb coronavirus spread. (Read more)


Medics enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms at the East Lake Cherry Park in Wuhan city on March 21. The park opened free of charge for medical workers providing support in Hubei province. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/]

- Chinese mainland has seen no homegrown infections of COVID-19 for three straight days. (Read more)

- Beijing reports 5 imported COVID-19 cases in 12 hours (Read more)

- Intl flights redirected from Beijing to nearby cities should be handled in orderly way, top civil aviation authority says (Read more)

March 20

Outside China

-  Italy's death toll from novel coronavirus reaches 3,405, overtaking that of China (Read more)

- Trump cancels G7 at Camp David over coronavirus, to hold videoconference instead (Read more)

- Prince Albert II of Monaco has tested positive for COVID-19, but there is no concern for his health: Prince's Palace of Monaco

British PM Boris Johnson vowed to turn the tide within the next 12 weeks in the country's combat against the novel coronavirus (Read more)

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in US top 13,000: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

A pill containing two HIV drugs that was touted as a potential treatment for the novel coronavirus wasn't effective (Read more)

California's governor issued a statewide "stay at home order" (Read more)

Olympic flame arrives in Japan amid coronavirus fears, 962 cases confirmed nationwide (Read more)

People watch the sunset on a fishing pier on East Lake in Wuhan, Hubei province, on March 18, the first day since the novel coronavirus outbreak began that there were no new cases in the province. [Photo/Xinhua]


- Zero new case of COVID-19 in Hubei for 2nd day; 39 added across China, all imported (Read more)

- Three athletes of Chinese epee fencing team test positive for novel coronavirus (Read more)

- China civil aviation authorities will cap the number of inbound flights to the country (Read more)

March 19

Outside China

- Australia and New Zealand to close borders to non-residents

- COVID-19 cases top 200,000 globally, death toll over 8,000: WHO (Read more)

- US-Canada border closed; two members of US Congress test positive for coronavirus (Read more)

- South Korea reports rebound in new coronavirus cases after nursing home outbreak (Read more)

- The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has surpassed 9,000: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- The New York Stock Exchange will temporarily close its trading floor in lower Manhattan and move to all-electronic trading beginning Monday, after two people tested positive for COVID-19 (Read more

- The European Central Bank launched a 750 billion euro emergency bond purchase programme to push down borrowing costs in a bloc struggling with the economic fallout of coronavirus (Read more)


- Wuhan allowed individual residents, but not in big groups, to move inside communities cleared of novel cornavirus. (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 34 new infections, all imported cases (Read more)

- Beijing reports 21 newly confirmed cases of novel coronavirus disease from other countries Wednesday (Read more)

- A Chinese study done on a small number of rhesus macaques said the monkeys don't develop a coronavirus infection the second time they are exposed (Read more)

March 18

Outside China

- 11,487 new coronavirus infections and 462 deaths were reported outside China as of 10 am, Mar 17, according to WHO (Read more)

- Novel coronavirus is now in all 50 US states after West Virginia reported its first case (Read more)

- The US pursued a $1 trillion stimulus package that could deliver $1,000 checks to Americans within two weeks to buttress an economy hit by coronavirus

- Spain unveils 'unprecedented' 200 billion euros ($220 billion) coronavirus package

- Australia declared a 'human biosecurity emergency', which gives the government the power to close off cities or regions, impose curfews and order people to quarantine

- Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's second COVID-19 test is negative, Brazil seeks to declare state of emergency

- Four Brooklyn Nets players, including Kevin Durant, have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA (Read more)


Medics from Yunnan province prepare to fly back home from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport after completing their mission in Wuhan, on March 18, 2020. A total of 1,156 medical staffers were sent from Yunnan to join the battle against the novel coronavirus in Wuhan. [Photo by Chen Liang/]

- 13 new infections are reported in Chinese mainland, with 1 from Wuhan and 12 being imported cases (Read more)

- Domestic attractions and museums start to reopen to the public with strict measures (Read more)

- Medical assistance teams from Yunnan, Hebei and Shanghai depart Wuhan for home 

- Beijing adds 11 imported cases of novel coronavirus by noon Wednesday (Read more)

March 17

Outside China

A German police officer questions a motorist on March 16, 2020, in Weil am Rhein, at the German-Swiss border, after Berlin announced new border controls. [Photo/Agencies]

- Iran's health ministry spokesman said on Tuesday Iran has 1,178 new cases of coronavirus and 135 new deaths.

The number of cases has risen to 16,169 with 988 people dead. 5,389 people have recovered.

- First human trial for coronavirus vaccine starts in US (Read more)

- A total of 86,942 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported outside China as of 4 pm CET Monday: WHO (Read more)

- 'We are at war,' said French President Macron, urging the French to comply with social distancing instructions in response to novel coronavirus spread  (Read more

- The Philippine Stock Exchange suspended trade indefinitely on Tuesday, the first market shutdowns worldwide in response to the coronavirus (Read more)

- Wall Street suffered its biggest drop since 1987, with the S&P 500 closing at its lowest level since December 2018

- Canada closed its borders to all foreign nationals, except US citizens, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged people to stay at home

- The San Francisco Bay Area enters a three-week lockdown at midnight in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus

- US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has started keeping himself and his staff physically separated from his deputy's team (Read more)

- French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Monday said some 100,000 police officers will be poured into French cities (Read more)


Employees check novel coronavirus testing kits at the production facility of a biotech company in Taizhou, Jiangsu province. [Photo by Tang Dehong/For China Daily]

March 17

- The subunit vaccine against COVID-19 created by experts from the Academy of Military Medical Sciences was approved for clinical trials on Monday night, China Central Television reported on Tuesday. (Read more)

- 21 new infections are reported in Chinese mainland, with 1 from Wuhan and 20 being imported cases. (Read more)

- The first batch of medical workers dispatched to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province, are returning home starting on Tuesday (Read more)

March 16

Outside China

A woman in a protective face mask walks past traditional red telephone boxes in London, on March 15, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased by 10,955 to 72,469 in one day (Read more)

- Britain set to isolate over-70s as coronavirus deaths rise to 35, diagnosed cases rise to 1,372 (Read more)

- South Korea has expanded tighter immigration procedures to people from all European countries to help prevent the imported COVID-19 cases

- South Korea's central bank cut interest rate to an all-time low of 0.75 percent in its first emergency move since the 2008 global financial crisis

- COVID-19 cases in US top 3,000: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- US Federal Reserve cut interest rates to near zero to help shore up the US economy amid the rapidly escalating coronavirus pandemic (Read more)

- Bars, restaurants, theatres and movie houses in New York and Los Angeles were ordered to shut down


A pharmacist prepares a TCM prescription at the Sixth Hospital of Wuhan, Hubei province. [Photo by Wang Jing/China Daily]

- Chinese mainland reports 16 new infections of novel coronavirus (4 in Hubei and 12 imported cases), 14 new deaths (all in Hubei) (Read more)

- People falsifying health information to enter the country will face criminal charges, authorities warn (Read more)

March 15


Patients practice a fitness routine during their recovery from the novel coronavirus pneumonia with medical workers at the Wuhan 672 Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, on March 14, 2020. [Photo by Chen Liang/]

- Chinese mainland reports 20 new infections of novel coronavirus (4 in Hubei), 10 new deaths (all in Hubei) (Read more)

Outside China

A South Korean solider sprays disinfectant at a cram school for civil service exams, following the rise in confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Daegu, South Korea, March 15, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- Global confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 150,000, says WHO (Read more)

- US President Trump tests negative for coronavirus: White House doctor statement (Read more)

- Spain to go 15-day lockdown as PM confirms 'State of Alarm', PM's wife has tested positive for coronavirus (Read more)

- The US has reported 2,726 cases with at least 54 deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University

- Australia requires a two-week mandatory quarantine for all international visitors entering Australia, considers lockdown (Read more)

March 14


Volunteers help elderly residents fill bottles with disinfectant in the Qijiahuozi residential community in the Chaoyang district of Beijing on March 13, 2020. [Photo by Feng Yongbin/]

Chinese mainland reports 11 new infections of novel coronavirus (4 in Hubei), 13 new deaths (all in Hubei) (Read more)

- Schools not resuming until epidemic is under control, containment measures are installed in schools: education official (Read more)

Outside China

A man wears a mask as he walks through Knightsbridge, as the number of coronavirus cases grow around the world, in central London, Britain, March 14, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

Confirmed COVID-19 cases outside China rise to 51,767, with 7,488 new cases: WHO (Read more)

- Trump declares national emergency over COVID-19 (Read more)

- 2020 London Marathon postponed to October (Read more)

- UN chief requires all staff to telecommute for 4 weeks (Read more)

March 13


A visitor appreciates a display in the Shanghai Museum in Shanghai, on March 13, 2020. [Photo Gao Erqiang/]

- China unveils measures to boost consumption, curb coronavirus impact (Read more)

- About 40% of China's top-level scenic spots reopened: Report (Read more)

- Preliminary investigation into the hotel collapse in Fujian unveiled, indicating illegal building construction and transformation (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 8 new infections (5 in Hubei), 7 new deaths (6 in Hubei) (Read more)

Outside China

Lottery street seller Ignacio wears a protective mask as he waits for customers in unusually quiet Preciados street in central Madrid, Spain, March 13, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- Coronavirus cases outside China top 44,000: WHO (Read more)

- China's expert team, medical supplies fly into Rome (Read more)

- Canadian PM Trudeau's wife tests positive for coronavirus and NHL suspends games (Read more)

- Trump says 'not concerned' that he met Brazilian official with coronavirus (Read more)

- Australia's home affairs minister tests positive for coronavirus (Read more)

- Arsenal manager Arteta tests positive for coronavirus (Read more)

- Belgium to close schools, cafes, restaurants to contain coronavirus spread (Read more)

- France's Macron says all educational establishments will be closed starting from Monday and until further notice (Read more)

- UN cancels sponsored meetings at headquarters (Read more)

- New York City declares state of emergency (Read more)

March 12


Medical team members fighting the novel coronavirus from Heilongjiang province ride bikes to relax along East Lake in Wuhan, on March 12, 2020. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/]

- The Chinese government will continue to support foreign trade companies exporting medical supplies such as masks (Read more)

- China has passed the climax of the novel coronavirus outbreak, with the number of new infections continuing to decline: National Health Commission (Read more)

- Epidemic will not affect the key goal of poverty alleviation by the end of this year: Official (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 15 new infections (8 in Hubei), 11 new deaths (10 in Hubei) (Read more)

Outside China

- WHO declares the COVID-19 viral disease that has swept into at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people a pandemic (Read more)

- Trump says US will suspend all travel from Europe, excluding UK, starting Friday for 30 days (Read more)

- Chinese experts on mission to help Italy fight virus (Read more)

- Tom Hanks says he, wife Rita Wilson have coronavirus in Australia (Read more)

- Europe acts to counter coronavirus outbreak (Read more)

- NBA suspends season until further notice, over coronavirus (Read more)

- Iran added 1,075 new cases within one day to bring the total number of infections to 10,075, the nation's health authorities said on March 12 

- Real Madrid's soccer and basketball teams were put in quarantine on Thursday after one of the club's basketball players tested positive for the coronavirus

March 11


A local resident walks past a sculpture at the intersection of Middle Huaihai Road and South Maoming Road, Huangpu district in Shanghai, on March 10, 2020. [Photo Gao Erqiang/]

- Local authorities asked businesses in Hubei to resume operations in an orderly manner while still maintaining tough restrictions on residents leaving the province (Read more)

- Beijing tightens quarantine checks at airports and epidemic prevention measures in foreign communities, as new coronavirus infection cases rise from abroad (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 24 new infections (13 in Hubei), 22 new deaths (all in Hubei) (Read more)

- Ten imported infections of the novel coronavirus are reported on Tuesday on the Chinese mainland (Read more)

Outside China

- 203 more deaths from COVID-19 have been reported worldwide in the past 24 hours as of Tuesday morning, lifting the global death toll to 4,012 (Read more)

- Number of COVID-19 cases tops 1,000 in US, Johns Hopkins University said (Read more)

- Italy passes 10,000 case milestone as outbreak ramps up (Read more)

- Iran's confirmed COVID-19 cases reach 9,000 on March 11 (local time)

- South Korea reports a jump in new coronavirus cases, reversing 11 days of slowing infections (Read more)

China will provide Italy with medical supplies including face masks and increase exports of supplies and equipment (Read more)

UK health minister has tested positive for novel coronavirus and is self-isolating (Read more)

- WTO suspends meetings until March 20 after coronavirus case (Read more)

March 10


- Wuhan's makeshift hospitals close after last patients are discharged (Read more)

- President Xi arrives in Wuhan to inspect COVID-19 prevention and control; He visits Huoshenshan Hospital

- Six provincial-level regions clear of coronavirus (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 19 new infections of novel coronavirus (17 in Hubei), 17 new deaths (all in Hubei) (Read more)

Outside China

- WHO warned the threat of novel coronavirus developing into a pandemic has become very real (Read more)

- Coronavirus containment measures to be extended to entire Italy (Read more)

A total of 109,578 confirmed cases have been reported worldwide as of 10:00 CET Monday, WHO said (Read more)

Over 750 COVID-19 cases reported in US as more community spread cases surface (Read more)

The Grand Princess cruise ship that carries thousands of people, including 21 coronavirus patients, docked at the Port of Oakland (Read more)

- A woman in Panama has tested positive, marking the first such case in the Central American nation (Read more)

March 9


Ma Zengchen, a vegetable delivery man in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, prepares goods for customers. [Photo/Xinhua]

- The global outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia will last at least until June - Zhong Nanshan (Read more)

- China taking measures to reduce impact of other countries' controls on express mail to the country (Read more)

- China's courier sector outside Hubei province is expected to resume its full delivery capacity by the middle of the month (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 40 new infections of novel coronavirus (36 in Hubei), 22 new deaths (21 in Hubei) (Read more)

Outside China

- WHO said over 50 countries, regions outside China see local transmission of COVID-19 (Read more)

- The ship Grand Princess will dock on Monday in Oakland, a California port near its original destination San Francisco (Read more)

- France bans gathering of over 1,000 people as COVID-19 infection increases (Read more)

-The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 550 as of midnight Sunday, Washington D.C. reported its first confirmed case (Read more)

- Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will be quarantined for two weeks (Read more)

- Iran reported 595 new cases to bring the total to 7,161 on Monday noon (local time)

March 8 

Outside China

A woman wearing a face mask walks along Wall Street after further cases of coronavirus were confirmed in New York City, New York, US, on March 6, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- WHO spokesperson says coronavirus has hit over 100 countries, regions (Read more)

- One tests positive for COVID-19 after conference also attended by US President Donald Trump (Read more)

- Argentina confirmed its first death caused by COVID-19, making it also the first COVID-19 death in Latin America (Read more)

- Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces coronavirus quarantine on Lombardy, northern provinces (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 44 new infections of novel coronavirus (41 in Hubei), 27 new deaths (all in Hubei) (Read more)

March 7

Outside China

- South Korea confirmed 274 more cases of the COVID-19 on March 7, raising the total number of infections to 7,041.

- Japan reported 1,137 confirmed cases in total as of 7:00 pm on March 7, including 12 deaths.

- The total number of coronavirus cases confirmed around the world surpassed 100,000. 

- 21 people on the Grand Princess cruise ship tested positive for coronavirus.  (Read more

- Nicola Zingaretti, leader of the second-biggest party in Italy's coalition parliament, tests positive for coronavirus.

- Italy reports 49 deaths from COIVD-19, biggest daily increase since outbreak. (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 99 new infections of novel coronavirus (74 in Hubei), 28 new deaths (all in Hubei) (Read more)

March 6


A medical worker from Wuhan No 1 Hospital takes a picture of drawings on the wall left by her colleagues in Leishenshan makeshift hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Wednesday. The Chinese characters read "Stay strong, Wuhan". [Photo/Xinhua]

- Chinese mainland reports 143 new infections of novel coronavirus (126 in Hubei), 30 new deaths (29 in Hubei) (Read more)

- A total of 36 imported cases of COVID-19 reported in China as of Thursday (Read more)

Progress on vaccine not affected by coronavirus mutations (Read more)

- 919 recovered COVID-19 patients have donated blood plasma by Thursday for research, treatment (Read more)

Outside China

- Japan has canceled a memorial for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami due to the coronavirus outbreak

- US officials ordered a cruise ship with 3,500 people aboard to stay back from the California coast until passengers and crew can be tested (Read more)

- Australia ordered its first school closure on Friday after a 16-year-old pupil tested positive for the coronavirus

- South Korea confirmed 309 more cases of the COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon, raising the total number of infections to 6,593

- Former Iranian ambassador to Syria dies of COVID-19 (Read more)

- Lawmakers in the US reached a deal to provide $8.3 billion in emergency funding to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak (Read more)

March 5


- Chinese mainland reports 139 new infections of novel coronavirus (134 in Hubei), 31 new deaths (all in Hubei) (Read more)

- China honors 34 individuals posthumously for their contributions in fighting against the virus

Outside China

A medical worker sprays disinfectant at Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center where patients of the novel coronavirus disease of COVID-19 receive treatment in Daegu, South Korea, March 4, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un sent his personal letter to ROK President Moon Jae-in to "convey his message of comfort" to the ROK people who are fighting against the COVID-19 outbreak (Read more)

- South Korea reports total coronavirus cases of 6,088 as of Thursday afternoon

- Italy closes schools and universities until March 15 because of coronavirus (Read more)

- The IMF is making available about $50 billion to help low-income and emerging market countries address COVID-19 (Read more)

- California declares state of emergency over the novel coronavirus (Read more), the third such US state after Washington and Florida

- Slovenia confirmed its first case of coronavirus

March 4


- Chinese mainland reports 119 new infections of novel coronavirus (115 in Hubei), 38 new deaths (37 in Hubei) (Read more)

- Over 6,700 inbound passengers show virus symptoms, with 75 confirmed with the infection by the end of Tuesday (Read more)

- 11 people including ex-head of Shandong's justice department under probe over cluster infections in a prison

Outside China

- South Korea unveils $9.8b extra budget to boost consumption over COVID-19 (Read more)

- Italy may set up new quarantine zone as coronavirus death toll jumps (Read more)

- Poland reports first coronavirus case

- China sharing experience on COVID-19 'nothing short of excellence': WHO experts (Read more)

- China sends expert teams, supplies to Iran (Read more)

March 3


Volunteer Syed Zulfiqar Hussain Abbasi, a 56-year-old Pakistani, takes a child's temperature in his Beijing neighborhood on March 3, 2020. [Photo by Zou Hong/]

- Chinese mainland reports 125 new infections of novel coronavirus (114 in Hubei), 31 new deaths (all in Hubei) (Read more)

- Hubei to continue stringent prevention, control efforts as situation remains severe (Read more)

- Those stranded in Wuhan can apply for 300 yuan in subsidies per day, for a total of no more than 3,000 yuan each (Read more)

Outside China

- More than 2,000 test positive for coronavirus in Italy as death toll reaches 52 (Read more

- South Korea confirms 851 new cases of COVID-19, 5,186 in total (Read more)

- WHO chief says South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan greatest concern for COVID-19 (Read more

- Emergency funds to help fight global spread (Read more)

- Australia confirms first person-to-person transmissions of COVID-19

March 2


- Chinese mainland reports 202 new infections of novel coronavirus (196 in Hubei), 42 new deaths (all in Hubei) (Read more)

- Over 4,000 PLA medical personnel dispatched to aid epidemic control efforts in Wuhan since Jan 24 (Read more)

- Head of Hubei's justice department among those under probe for letting released prisoner leave Wuhan for Beijing (Read more)

Outside China

Medics prepare to transfer a patient on a stretcher to an ambulance at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to the two of three confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington, on March 1, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- South Korea confirms 599 more cases of COVID-19, 4,335 in total (Read more)

- Italy's COVID-19 cases total 1,694, vast majority not serious (Read more)

- Washington state confirms 2nd US coronavirus death (Read more); NY reports first case (Read more)

- Indonesia confirms first two coronavirus cases (Read more)

- Japan closes nearly all schools in bid to contain COVID-19

- Iran's Health Ministry says number of coronavirus cases at 1501, deaths at 66

March 1


- Chinese mainland reports 573 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infections, 35 new deaths (Read more)

- Single-digit new COVID-19 cases reported outside Hubei

- 98-year-old coronavirus-infected patient discharged from hospital (Read more)

- Over 50% admitted coronavirus patients didn't have fever, research finds (Read more)

- Beijing reports two new imported novel coronavirus cases from Iran (Read more

- Govt asks Chinese in virus-hit countries to consider coming back (Read more)

Outside China

A couple wearing masks to prevent contacting the coronavirus rides on an escalator at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, March 1, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

- South Korea reports 586 new coronavirus cases for the day, total at 3,736 (Read more)

- Coronavirus cases in Germany jump to 117; France, 100 cases (Read more); Spain, 71 cases; UK, 35 cases (Read more)

- The Louvre Museum was shut down due to the spreading coronavirus epidemic

- Iran raises death toll to 54 as the number of confirmed cases jumped overnight by more than half to 978 people

- Armenia reports first case of COVID-19

Australia, US record first coronavirus death

- Saudi health ministry spokesman says no coronavirus infection detected so far in the kingdom

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