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31 March: Victoria to enter Stage 3 restrictions.
26 March: New Zealand enters Stage 4 restrictions.
25 March: The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission is established by the PM.
18 March: Australian PM Scott Morrison announces restrictions to visitors in aged care facilities.
17 March: Australia declares a biosecurity emergency and bans all meetings of 100 or more people.
16 March: NZ police start doing self isolation compliance checks. Total cases now up to 20.
Victoria declares a state of emergency for at least 4 weeks.
Australia bans all gatherings of over 500 people.
12 March: World Health Organisation declares COVID-19 a pandemic.
In New Zealand, Healthline has now registered a total of 9039 people or households for self-isolation since the process began.
There are currently 2,145 registrations (people or households) for self-isolation. An additional 6194 have completed isolation.
“I want to thank everyone who has self-isolated – whether that be confirmed cases, close contacts or those who’ve returned from overseas. Self-isolation really is one of the most important tools in the fight against COVID-19,” says Dr Bloomfield.
- NZMOH additionally extends travel restrictions to those travelling to/from Italy and South Korea also. Residents/citizens who return from those areas will go into self quarantine for 2 weeks on return to NZ.
- NZACA set to meet with NZMOH and DHB officials later today to discuss residential care Outbreak policies and support. A dedicated page for information and advice related to COVID-19 for aged care providers can be found on the NZACA website here.
3 March: Second confirmed NZ case. A woman returning from Singapore to Auckland has been diagnosed with coronavirus. She also took two domestic flights, from Auckland to Palmerston North and back again (NZ5013 and NZ8114). The woman and her husband are in self quarantine. MOH stated those who on that flight and are concerned or wants information should contact the Healthline number (0800 358 5453).
- First Australian death reported as former Diamond Princess passenger succumbs in WA.
- Aged care facilities express frustration at lack of policy and communication directed at residential care facilities. The result is that NZACA has secured a meeting on March 5th, with Associate Minister of Health, HON Jenny Salesa.
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29 February: First death reported in the US in King County. This death coincides with reports of an outbreak in a LTCF, which is also in King County.
28 February: The World Health Organization increase the risk assessment of the coronavirus to ‘very high’, in light of the disease spreading to 49 countries as well as community-spread in the US.
- NZ MOH states no confirmed cases in NZ, still advises that there is a high risk of imported cases but low-moderate risk of an outbreak in NZ.
- A new case definition for health professionals has been revised.
- Australian Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Murphy, send out an email to residential and aged care facilities, pleading for awareness and proper infection control measures.
- Algeria, Austria, Croatia, Greece and Switzerland have first cases of COVID-19.
- First time since initial onset of symptoms (Dec 8th, 2019) have been identified of COVID-19, there are more new cases outside of China than within.
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26 February: Concerns grow that US outbreak is ‘certain’
- Afghanistan, Bahrain Iraq and Oman confirm first cases of COVID-19.
- WHO releases an online course titled Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for COVID-19.
- A joint WHO and ECDC mission arrives in Italy to support authorities.
- Kuwait reports first case of COVID-19
- Iran’s neighbouring countries close borders to restrict immigration and travel.
22 February: Lebanon and Israel report first cases of COVID-19.
- Hundreds tested negative, leave the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship. A total of 621 people aboard were infected.
- Iran announced 2 COVID-19 cases, then hours later that they had died.
- WHO situational reports show widespread confirmed cases in Europe, Western Pacific, S.E. Asia, Upper Americas and East Mediterranean regions.
- WHO provides guidelines on lab diagnosis, using masks at home vs healthcare, clinical management, IPC in hospitals, home care, community engagement and global surveillance.
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18 February: Xi says in a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that China’s measures to prevent and control the epidemic “are achieving visible progress,” according to state news Xinhua.
- Chinese officials draft legislation to curb the practice of eating wildlife.
- WHO releases guidelines on managing public events at Points of Entry and mass gatherings.
- More than 200 Australian evacuees return home after 14 days of quarantine on Christmas Island. None of them tested positive.
- The official Communist Party journal Qiushi publishes the transcript of a speech made on February 3 by Xi in which he “issued requirements for the prevention and control of the new coronavirus” on January 7, revealing Xi knew about and was directing the response to the virus on almost two weeks before he commented on it publicly.
- NZ Govt announced temporary restrictions to visitors arriving in NZ from mainland China will remain in place.
- First death reported in France.
- A 80 year-old Chinese tourist who tested positive for the virus dies in France, becoming the first person to die in the outbreak in Europe.
- Egypt announces its first case of Wuhan coronavirus on Friday, according to a joint statement by Egypt’s Ministry of Health and the WHO.The confirmed case marks the first in Africa since the virus was detected.
- Added more than 14,840 new cases to the total number of infected in Hubei Province. That set a daily record, coming after officials in Hubei seemed to be including infections diagnosed by using lung scans of symptomatic patients.
- The Communist Party fired top officials of Hubei Province and Wuhan.
- First death in Japan
11 February: The WHO names the coronavirus COVID-19. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19.
In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”
- Xi inspects efforts to contain the Wuhan coronavirus in Beijing, the first time he has appeared on the front lines of the fight against the outbreak.
- On the same day, a team of international experts from WHO arrives in China to assist with containing the coronavirus outbreak.
- The death toll in China surpassed the number SARS killed worldwide.
- The US Embassy in Beijing confirms that a 60-year-old US national died in Wuhan on February 6, marking the first confirmed death of a foreigner.
- China opens second prefabricated hospital with 1,600 beds in Wuhan for patients with coronavirus.
- The Japanese Health Ministry announces that ten people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship moored in Yokohama Bay are confirmed to have the coronavirus.The ship, which is carrying more than 3,700 people, is placed under quarantine scheduled to end on February 19.
- Auckland, NZ, cancels Chinese Lantern Festival amidst discussions between local council and the local Chinese community.
- Malaysia and Belgium have first confirmed case.
- Hong Kong reports first death, making it the 2nd death outside of China.
- China’s Foreign Ministry accuses the US government of inappropriately reacting to the outbreak and spreading fear by enforcing travel restrictions.
- 100s of Hong Kong hospital workers go on strike, demanding China close borders to control spread.
- A man in the Philippines dies from the Wuhan coronavirus — the first time a death has been reported outside mainland China since the outbreak began.
- NZ Govt instituted travel restrictions as of 2nd Feb midnight. Preventing foreign nationals travelling from or transiting through mainland China from entering NZ. Position will be reviewed every 48hrs. Exemptions include NZ citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family. As well as AUS citizens who reside in NZ. Lastly all air crews who have been using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- All people who are exempt from these temporary restriction should self-isolate for 14 days if they have been to mainland China.
- Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, US, the UAE and Vietnam confirm new cases. Russia, Spain and Sweden report first cases.
- AUS announces it would bar entry to non-citizens coming from mainland China.
- The Donald Trump administration announces it will deny entry to foreign nationals who have travelled in China in the last 14 days. American airlines suspend travel to China for 2 months.
- Russia, Spain, Sweden, Italy and UK confirm first cases of COVID-19
- First suspected case in NZ
- Mongolia and Singapore closed their borders to China.
- WHO’s Risk Communication Team has launched a new information platform called WHO Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN).
- WHO introduces an online learning course for emerging viral infections.
- WHO releases a myth busting guide to combat spread of false/inflammatory information.
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- WHO declares the novel coronavirus a global emergency, reversing an earlier decision from the 22nd of January.The UN health agency defines an international emergency as an “extraordinary event” that constitutes a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated international response
- The US reports its first confirmed case of person-to-person transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus.
- India and Philippines confirms first case of COVID-19
- Russia closes border after first suspected case
- Education departments in Australia and New Zealand release information for students returning to school.
- Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Murphy, reports that the novel coronavirus is contagious before symptoms show.
- The CDC update their coronovirus information, including their checklist for healthcare staff.
- The Independent reports confirmed cases in patients who had not visited Wuhan.
- The White House announces the formation of a new task force that will help monitor and contain the spread of the virus, and ensure Americans have accurate and up-to-date health and travel information, it said.
- AUS has 2nd confirmed case. Finland has first confirmed case.
- NZ join AUS in evacuating nationals from Wuhan.
- AUS first country to recreate new coronavirus outside of China in labs
- Bug Control’s Gilian Graham wrote about the novel coronavirus. It covers what the virus is, how it’s spreading and what measures should be put in place if you have a suspected case.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom in Beijing.At the meeting, Xi and the WHO agree to send a team of international experts, including US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff, to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak.
- Japan, Taiwan and Germany reports first domestic transmission case of COVID-19.
- NZ Public Health Workers were sent to meet all passengers arriving on flights from China. NZ testing of the specimens are sent to Australia until end of the week when NZ is expected to be able to process their own.
- NZ MOH created a special incident control team and activated the NZ pandemic plan.
- NZ Health Minister putting forward legislation to make COVID-19 a notifiable Disease.
27 January: The World Health Organization tweets “The total number of confirmed cases of the 2019 novel #coronavirus reported from mainland China to date is 2,744. This includes 461 severe cases and 80 people who have died.” (Note: These tweets have since been taken down)
- The China Association of Travel Services reports that all tours, including international ones, will be suspended.
- NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade advise Kiwi travellers to avoid Hubei province.
25 January: Further 5 cities on lockdown in Hubei province.
24 January: Travel restriction and lockdown imposed on 13 Hubei province cities.
- At an emergency committee convened by the World Health Organization, the WHO says that the Wuhan coronavirus does not yet constitute a public health emergency of international concern.
- The Beijing Culture and Tourism Bureau cancels all large-scale Lunar New Year celebrations in an effort to contain the growing spread of Wuhan coronavirus.
22 January: Wuhan says it will “temporarily” close its airport and railway stations for departing passengers following news that the death toll from the Wuhan Coronavirus has risen to 17. Chinese authorities confirm at least 570 cases including China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and U.S.A.
- Officials in Washington state confirm the first case on US soil.
- Australia confirms COVID-19 case in Brisbane after returning from Wuhan.
- Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) started work towards vaccine.
- Situation report – 1
- China reports over 200 cases of the sickness, including a third death.
- National IHR Focal Point (NFP) for Republic of Korea reported the first case of novel coronavirus in the Republic of Korea.
- The National Institutes of Health announces that it is working on a vaccine against the coronavirus.“The NIH is in the process of taking the first steps towards the development of a vaccine,” says Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
- Confirmed human-to-human transmission
- Chinese health officials confirm that a second person has died in China.
- The US responds to the outbreak by implementing screenings for symptoms at airports in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.
16 January: Japanese authorities confirm that a Japanese man who traveled to Wuhan is infected with the virus.
14 January: 35 infrared thermometers have been installed in airports, railway stations, long-distance bus stations, and ferry terminals in China
13 January : Thai authorities report a case of infection caused by the coronavirus. The infected individual is a Chinese national who had arrived from Wuhan.
11 January: The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission announces the first death caused by the coronavirus. A 61-year-old man, exposed to the virus at the seafood market, died on January 9 after respiratory failure caused by severe pneumonia. He had a history of abdominal tumours and chronic liver disease.
10 January: the first novel coronavirus genome sequence was made publicly available. The sequence was deposited in the GenBank database (accession number MN908947) and was uploaded to the Global Initiative on Sharing all Influenza Data (GISAID).
7 January, 2020: Chinese authorities confirm that they have identified the virus as a novel coronavirus, initially named 2019-nCoV by the WHO.
5 January, 2020: China announces that the unknown pneumonia cases in Wuhan are not SARS or MERS. In a statement, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission says a retrospective probe into the outbreak has been initiated.
2 January, 2020: The incident management system was activated across the three levels of WHO (country office, regional office and headquarters).
1 January, 2020: Chinese health authorities close the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market after it is discovered that wild animals sold there may be the source of the virus.
According to the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, samples from the market tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Cases showed symptoms such as fever, dry cough, dyspnoea, and radiological findings of bilateral lung infiltrates. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Risk assessment: Outbreak of acute respiratory syndrome associated with a novel coronavirus, Wuhan, China; first update 2020 [updated 22 January 2020
31 December, 2019: Cases of pneumonia detected in Wuhan, China, are first reported to the WHO. During this reported period, the virus is unknown. The cases occur between December 12 and December 29, according to Wuhan Municipal Health.