Timeline of COVID-19 virus spread

  • Qom City, Province of Qom, Iran Middle-East 20th February 2020

    Authorities in Iran have confirmed three new cases of the coronavirus, a day after two people died from the infection in the city of Qom. Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to Iran's health minister, said on Wednesday a total of five cases have been confirmed in Iran so far. "The three new cases from today include two in Qom and one in Araq in central Iran. The case in Araq is a doctor," he told Al Jazeera. "It remains unclear where the virus in Iran has come." The virus, known as COVID-19, was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December. Since then, it has infected more...

  • [Korea University Anam Hospital] Seoul, Capital City, South Korea Asia 17th February 2020

    Korean hospitals went on heightened alert for local transmissions of the new coronavirus after the health authorities confirmed the new case with an unknown infection route on Sunday. Clinicians have to deal with increased uncertainties over when and from where a patient with the deadly virus would visit them. The 29th confirmed patient with an unknown transmission route and with no overseas trip records reminded some doctors of the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in 2015, which hit the nation with local transmissions. The patient was an 82-year-old man who visited an...

  • Cairo, Capital City, Egypt Africa 15th February 2020

    Egypt's Health Ministry has confirmed the first case of the new virus in the North African country. In a statement Friday, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mugahed said the person was a “foreigner" who is carrying the virus but not showing any serious symptoms. Officials were able to confirm the case through a follow-up program the government implemented for travelers arriving from countries where the virus has spread. The ministry statement said the person was hospitalized and in isolation. The statement did not specify the person's nationality or what port of entry he or she arrived at in...

  • Pyongyang, Capital City, North Korea Asia 7th February 2020

    A North Korean woman living in Pyongyang recently tested positive for coronavirus and those who had contact with her are being quarantined, a South Korean newspaper reported on Friday, citing a source in the reclusive state. The woman showed symptoms of the infection after a trip to China, according to the JoongAng Ilbo. Further information ? including personal details of the patient, the exact date of her infection and her condition? remains unknown. North Korea's state broadcaster said on Feb. 2 that the country had yet to confirm any case of infection, its most recent update. If the report...

  • [UW Hospital and Clinics] Madison, State of Wisconsin, USA North-America 6th February 2020

    Wisconsin health officials report the confirmation of the first case of 2019 novel coronavirus in the state. The patient is an adult with a history of travel to Beijing, China prior to becoming ill and was exposed to known cases while in China. The individual is isolated at home and is doing well. While the risk to the general public remains low, federal, state and local health officials are working together to prevent disease transmission by evaluating close contacts of the patient and health care personnel who cared for the patient. “The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is...

  • Brussels, Capital City, Belgium Europe 4th February 2020

    A Belgian person, one of nine repatriated from Wuhan in China on Sunday, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Belgium's health agency said on Tuesday (Feb 4). The person is Belgium's first case of coronavirus, Bloomberg reported, citing local news agency Belga, which quoted Health Minister Maggie De Block. The country's health agency said all of the nine repatriated people had undergone a series of tests in a military hospital in the capital Brussels. Eight of them tested negative.

  • Boston, State of Massachusetts, USA North-America 2nd February 2020

    The person who tested positive for coronavirus is a member of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, community, according to a letter from UMass Boston interim Chancellor Katherine Newman to students, faculty and staff. The university expects “'business as usual’ on campus” and is currently working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission.

  • La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain Europe 2nd February 2020

    Spain’s National Centre for Microbiology has confirmed the country’s first case of coronavirus after a man was diagnosed with the virus on the remote island of La Gomera in the Canaries, the Health Ministry said late on Friday. The patient is part of a group of five people taken into observation on the island and isolated after it was found they had come into contact with a German man diagnosed with the virus.

  • [Tyumen and Zabaikalsky Krai] , Multiple location, Russia Asia 1st February 2020

    Russia announced the 1st 2 cases of the novel coronavirus on its territory and imposed sweeping new measures to prevent the spread of the deadly new strain. Two Chinese nationals were diagnosed with the virus in the Siberian regions of Tyumen and Zabaikalsky Krai, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova told reporters at a briefing in Moscow Friday 31 Jan 2020. "They are under strict supervision, isolated, and are receiving the necessary help," she said. Russia is canceling nearly 200 flights to China, while maintaining 4 routes from Moscow. The national airline Aeroflot will offer services to...

  • [The area was not defined] , England, United Kingdom Europe 31st January 2020

    Two cases of confirmed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been reported in England. According to a statement from Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty: “We can confirm that two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus. The patients are receiving specialist NHS care, and we are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus. “The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections and we are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had, to prevent further spread....

  • Thrissur, State of Kerala, India Asia 30th January 2020

    The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday said they have asked Indians in China's Hubei Province, the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak in China, whether they want to return to India. "We do not have any confirmation about any Indian being affected by a coronavirus," said the ministry. The development came on the same day when India reported its first confirmed case of novel Coronavirus, from Kerala, after a student tested positive post her return from China's Wuhan University. Addressing a press conference, Kerala health minister KK Shailaja said that 20 samples had been sent...

  • [Lappi Central Hospital] Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland Europe 29th January 2020

    Ounasrinteentie 22, 96400 A Chinese tourist who was admitted to hospital for tests after showing symptoms was confirmed to have the deadly new strain of coronavirus that has so far killed more than a hundred people in China. Infectious diseases specialist Markku Broas from Lapland Central Hospital said that the tourist left Wuhan province five days ago. The province, which is the epicenter of the current outbreak, was shut down soon afterward by Chinese authorities trying to stop the spread of the disease. The tourist is said to be a female aged 32 and in relatively good health. She sought...

  • Abidjan, Department of Abidjan, Cote dIvoire Africa 28th January 2020

    Officials in at least one African country are monitoring what may be the continent's first case of the novel coronavirus linked to a live animal and seafood market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Current estimates say that at least 81 people have died of the virus while thousands of others have been sickened worldwide. The student, a 34-year-old woman who was not identified, returned to the Ivory Coast on Saturday from Beijing. She experienced flu-like symptoms – she was reportedly coughing, sneezing and had trouble breathing – before boarding her flight to Abidjan, the BBC, citing the...

  • Starnberg, State of Bavaria, Germany Europe 28th January 2020

    The first case of the deadly coronavirus spreading in China has been confirmed in Germany's southern Bavaria region, the Bavarian health ministry said Monday (Jan 27). "A man in the Starnberg region has been infected with the new coronavirus," a spokesman for the ministry said, adding that he is under surveillance in an isolation ward. The ministry gave no further details on how the patient came to be infected but said he was in a "medically good state". It did not disclose any details of the patient's age or nationality. "People who have been in contact (with the patient) have been informed...

  • [The area was not defined] , Profince of Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia Asia 27th January 2020

    A Chinese man from the central Chinese city of Wuhan was confirmed as the first person in Cambodia infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng announced at a press conference here on Monday evening. He said the Chinese man, 60, was tested positive for the virus by the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia on Monday afternoon. "The patient is currently in a stable condition, and he has a cold only," Bunheng said. According to the minister, the patient, along with his three family members, arrived in southwestern Cambodia's Preah Sihanouk province on Jan. 23 by...

  • Toronto, Province of Ontario, Canada North-America 27th January 2020

    Ontario health officials say a Toronto-area man has the country's first case of coronavirus. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, said Saturday (January 25) that a man in his 50s is being treated at Sunnybrook Hospital after being diagnosed with a "presumptive" case of the new virus. The patient recently returned from a trip to Wuhan, China, according to the hospital, and arrived at Sunnybrook’s emergency department on Thursday with a fever and respiratory symptoms. He was immediately isolated and tested. “We’re working actively to limit the spread of the virus,”...

  • [Maricopa County] , State of Arizona, USA North-America 27th January 2020

    A fifth U.S. case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Arizona's Maricopa County. A statement released on Sunday from the Arizona Department of Health Services described the patient as "a member of the Arizona State University community who does not live in university housing." The news was also confirmed by Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a press call with reporters.

  • [Orange County] , State of California, USA North-America 26th January 2020

    Health officials in Southern California have confirmed a third U.S. case of the new pneumonia-like virus from China, following confirmed cases in Washington state and Chicago. The Orange County Health Care Agency said Saturday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a traveler from the epicenter of the outbreak in China tested positive for the virus. The patient is in isolation at a hospital and in good condition. The local health agency is monitoring people who have had close contact with the patient. The new virus has accelerated its spread in China with 56 deaths so...

  • Melbourne, State of Victoria, Australia Australia - New-Zealand 25th January 2020

    Four cases of the deadly coronavirus have been confirmed in Australia, as authorities scramble to contact passengers who shared flights from China with the patients. The announcement comes after another man, aged in his 50s, tested positive in a Melbourne hospital after arriving from the Chinese city of Guangzhou last week. The Victorian patient, a Chinese national, has been isolated at the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton after his results returned a positive test at 2.15 am today. "He was confirmed as positive after a series of tests early this morning," Victorian Health Minister Jenny...

  • [The area was not defined] , State of New South Wales, Australia Australia - New-Zealand 25th January 2020

    Three men tested positive to the respiratory condition in NSW on Saturday, state health authorities confirmed. The men are aged 53, 43 and 35 and all three had some connection with the Hubei province. The patients are being kept in the same isolation facilities as people who contract measles, which is considered a more contagious illness. NSW chief health officer, Kerry Chant, has confirmed public health units have contacted the majority of the patients' close contacts to warn them of the risk. "The risk of that transmission to those people is very, very low but these are precautionary...

  • Paris, Capital City, France Europe 24th January 2020

    France has confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in Europe following an outbreak of the deadly disease in China. The two confirmed cases were announced by the French health minister Agnes Buzyn. She said one patient has been hospitalized in Paris and the other in the southwestern city of Bordeaux. The health minister told a news conference these were the first two confirmed cases in Europe and that more cases were likely to occur in France.

  • Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France Europe 24th January 2020

    France has confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in Europe following an outbreak of the deadly disease in China. The two confirmed cases were announced by the French health minister Agnes Buzyn. She said one patient has been hospitalized in Paris and the other in the southwestern city of Bordeaux. The health minister told a news conference these were the first two confirmed cases in Europe and that more cases were likely to occur in France.

  • Chicago, State of Illinois, USA North-America 24th January 2020

    A woman from Chicago who traveled to Wuhan, China, at the end of December and returned on Jan 13 represents the second travel-related case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection diagnosed in the United States, according to officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also announced that 63 suspected cases of 2019-nCoV are under investigation in 22 states, while 11 people have tested negative for the novel coronavirus, while 2 have been confirmed. On Jan 21, the CDC said a man in Washington state had...

  • Singapore, Capital City, Singapore Asia 24th January 2020

    The Ministry of Health (MOH) has on [23 Jan 2020] confirmed 1 imported case of novel coronavirus infection in Singapore. The case is a 66-year-old male Chinese national from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore with his family on [20 Jan 2020]. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and his condition is stable. MOH has also been notified of a suspect case, whose preliminary test for the novel coronavirus is positive. She is a 53 year old female Chinese national from Wuhan. MOH was notified of this suspect case on [23 Jan 2020]. The result of the...

  • Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg Federal city, Russia Asia 23rd January 2020

    One more patient was taken to a St. Petersburg hospital over the coronavirus scare, says city Health Committee. When asked whether the reports about the third case were true, the committee's press service answered with a simple "yes." Earlier reports disclosed that two people - Russian and Chinese nationals who came from China - were taken to hospital due to coronavirus suspicions. The Russian national was taken directly from the airport, while the Chinese student reportedly came to Russia a week ago. Earlier on Thursday, the St. Petersburg Health Committee reported that the two patients had...

  • [Edinburgh and Glasgow] , Scotland, United Kingdom Europe 23rd January 2020

    Boris Johnson has confirmed that four suspected cases of the coronavirus in Scotland. The patients are suffering from flu-like symptoms and respiratory difficulties after arriving via London from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the deadly outbreak started. The PM's spokesperson said that measures were "purely precautionary" according to Sky News. There are likely to be "many more cases" of suspected coronavirus across the UK, a professor has said as the four people undergo tests in Scotland. Three people are being tested in Edinburgh and another case is believed to be in Glasgow, Professor...

  • [Cho Ray Hospital] Ho Chi Minh City, Municipality of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Asia 23rd January 2020

    Two Chinese nationals were quarantined at a Saigon hospital Thursday after they tested positive for the pneumonia virus originating in Wuhan, China. Li Ding, 66 and his son Li Zichao, 28, must have passed on the infection among themselves, a representative of the Cho Ray Hospital said Thursday. This is Vietnam's first confirmed cases of individuals infected with the new coronavirus (CoV) after it was first detected in Wuhan City last December. Ding arrived in Hanoi from Wuhan on January 13, before proceeding to Nha Trang in the central province of Khanh Hoa, said doctor Nguyen Ngoc Sang of the...

  • [Municipality-wide] , Chongqing Municipality, China Asia 22nd January 2020

    According to China's National Health Commission (NHC), as of earlier today it has received reports of 440 cases, most of them from Hubei province where Wuhan is located. It said the latest cases were reported from Hubei province, plus 2 more in Shanghai and 3 in Beijing. Later in the day, more Chinese provinces reported their first cases. For example Zhejiang, which reported five, and the cities of Tianjin and Chongquing, reported their first illnesses. Previously affected areas reported additional cases, such as Guangdong province and the cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

  • Tianjin, Province of Tianjin, China Asia 22nd January 2020

    According to China's National Health Commission (NHC), as of earlier today, it has received reports of 440 cases, most of them from Hubei province where Wuhan is located. It said the latest cases were reported from Hubei province, plus 2 more in Shanghai and 3 in Beijing. Later in the day, more Chinese provinces reported their first cases. For example, Zhejiang, which reported five, and the cities of Tianjin and Chongquing, reported their first illnesses. Previously affected areas reported additional cases, such as Guangdong province and the cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

  • Macau, Capital City, Macau Asia 22nd January 2020

    The Chinese-ruled gambling hub of Macau confirmed on Wednesday its first case of pneumonia linked to an outbreak of a newly identified coronavirus and tightened temperature screening measures in casinos and around the city. The death toll from the flu-like coronavirus in China rose to nine on Wednesday with 440 confirmed cases. The virus, originating in Wuhan at the end of last year, has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. The Macau case involves a 52-year-old Wuhan businesswoman who reported to the...

  • [Snohomish County] , State of Washington, USA North-America 22nd January 2020

    A man in Washington State is infected with a new respiratory virus. Federal officials plan to expand screenings for the infection at major airports. A man in his 30s in Washington State is infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the first confirmed case in the United States of a mysterious respiratory infection that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more in Asia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday. Federal officials also announced expanded screenings for the infection at major airports in the United States. In addition to New York, Los Angeles,...

  • Taoyuan City, Taoyuan Special Municipality, Taiwan Asia 21st January 2020

    Taiwan on Tuesday reported its first confirmed case of a new type of coronavirus, brought in by a Taiwanese woman who was recently in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. A Taiwanese woman who works in Wuhan reported to quarantine officials at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport that she had a fever on returning Monday, according to an epidemic response command center established Monday to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. The woman was immediately placed in quarantine and later tested positive for the pneumonia-like virus dubbed the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the center said.

  • Cebu City, Province of Cebu, Philippines Pacific Ocean - West 21st January 2020

    The Department of Health (DoH) is now investigating the case of a 5-year-old child from Wuhan City in China, who is currently admitted in a hospital in Cebu City, after testing positive for a non-specific pancorona virus. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III disclosed this in a press conference in Manila on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Duque also said the child tested negative of the previously known strains of coronavirus – MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) and SARS-CoV (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus). He added that the child, prior to being admitted,...

  • [Kho Phi Phi Island] , Province of Phuket, Thailand Asia 20th January 2020

    A 32-year-old tourist from the United Kingdom, Ash Shorley, is fighting for his life at a hospital in Phuket, Thailand, after being infected with a mysterious virus that has originated in China. Doctors had to remove fluid from the patient's lungs. The flu-like illness has claimed three lives while the actual number of infected patients remains unknown. Shorley is suspected to be the first Western victim to have been infected by the virus. Shorley had been visiting the famous Kho Phi Phi island when he started to feel unwell. After displaying flu-like symptoms, his condition deteriorated...

  • Beijing, Capital City, China Asia 20th January 2020

    China reported Monday a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus, including the first cases in the capital. The outbreak coincides with the country’s busiest travel period, as millions of board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. Health authorities in the central city of Wuhan, where viral pneumonia appears to have originated, said an additional 136 cases have been confirmed in the city, which now has a total of 198 infected patients. As of the weekend, a third patient had died, bringing the death toll to three. Two individuals in Beijing and one in...

  • Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality, China Asia 19th January 2020

    Three suspected cases of Wuhan diseases were reportedly identified in Shenzhen and Shanghai after the Wuhan Health Commission announced to have four more confirmed cases. On Saturday early morning, the Wuhan Health Commission said it had identified 45 patients who were infected with the new coronavirus that could cause pneumonia. As of Thursday late evening, 15 people had recovered and left the hospital. Five people were in serious condition and two died. The commission said the four new patients showed symptoms of pneumonia between January 5 and 8 and were admitted to the hospital. A total of...

  • Shenzhen, Province of Guangdong, China Asia 19th January 2020

    Three suspected cases of Wuhan diseases were reportedly identified in Shenzhen and Shanghai after the Wuhan Health Commission announced to have four more confirmed cases. On Saturday early morning, the Wuhan Health Commission said it had identified 45 patients who were infected with the new coronavirus that could cause pneumonia. As of Thursday late evening, 15 people had recovered and left the hospital. Five people were in serious condition and two died. The commission said the four new patients showed symptoms of pneumonia between January 5 and 8 and were admitted to the hospital. A total of...

  • Kathmandu, Capital City, Nepal Asia 18th January 2020

    The throat swab and blood sample of a Nepali suspected of being infected with the corona virus, which develops a severe acute respiratory illness and can even lead to death, will soon be sent to New Delhi or Hong Kong to confirm whether he has contracted the fatal disease. The 32-year-old student, who recently returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan, was admitted to Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital on Monday after he complained of respiratory problems and inflammation in the throat. He had also complained of mild fever around 10 days ago. “Since he had returned from Wuhan...

  • Yokohama, Prefecture of Kanagawa, Japan Asia 16th January 2020

    Japan on Thursday reported its first case of a new coronavirus that has sickened 41 people in China, adding to concerns about the spread of the virus outside Chinese borders ahead of a major holiday. A Chinese man in his 30s has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Japanese health ministry said Thursday. The man, who was a resident of Kanagawa Prefecture, had returned to Japan on Jan. 6 after traveling to the Chinese central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. The man was hospitalized on Jan. 10 but was discharged five days later because he had recovered, according to the...

  • [Suvarnabhumi Airport] Bangkok, Capital City, Thailand Asia 14th January 2020

    A Chinese woman quarantined on holiday to Thailand has been confirmed to have the same killer virus behind an outbreak in China. The unidentified 61-year-old has become the first patient diagnosed with the strain of coronavirus outside of Wuhan, 700 miles (1,100km) south of Beijing. She traveled from the Chinese city, where 41 people have so far been hospitalized with the pneumonia-causing illness. One person has died. The woman was quarantined on January 8, but has since returned home in a stable condition after having treatment, the Thai Health Ministry said. 'Laboratory testing subsequently...

  • Seoul, Capital City, South Korea Asia 8th January 2020

    South Korea on Wednesday reported a suspected case of a mysterious pneumonia-like illness that has been spreading in China, the public health and safety agency said. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), a 36-year-old Chinese woman who had visited the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province showed symptoms of the illness. The patient has been isolated and is undergoing treatment after going into a local hospital on Tuesday. China has been grappling with people who have shown pneumonia-like symptoms such as fever, throat swelling and coughing in recent weeks. "The...

  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China Asia 2nd January 2020

    A woman has been quarantined in a Hong Kong hospital after displaying symptoms of upper respiratory infection, following a trip to Wuhan where a mysterious outbreak of viral pneumonia has occurred. A source from the Hospital Authority confirmed on Thursday that the Hong Kong woman, who is currently stable, had been admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital on New Year’s Eve. “She had symptoms of upper respiratory infections and fever,” the source said. “The patient also said she had been to Wuhan.” The woman was then isolated according to general procedures. But the source quoted the woman as...

  • Wuhan, Province of Hubei, China Asia 31st December 2019

    Health authorities are looking into nearly 30 cases of “unknown pneumonia” in central China’s Wuhan city on Tuesday. State television reported that a team of experts from the National Health Commission had arrived in Wuhan to lead the investigation into the nature of the disease, while People’s Daily, quoting local hospital sources, said the exact cause remained unclear and it would be premature to speculate. Mainland media were alerted to the outbreak after a notice from the city health department went viral on social media on Monday night. The note instructed hospitals to report...