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Timeline: How the coronavirus pandemic unfolded

(Reuters) – Here are some key developments as the novel coronavirus spread around the world: FILE PHOTO: The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS. Dec. 31, 2019: China alerts the World Health Organization of 27 cases of “viral pneumonia” in the central city of Wuhan. Authorities shut down a wet market in Wuhan the next day, after discovering some patients were vendors or dealers. Jan. 11, 2020: A 61-year-old man is reported as the first death. Preliminary lab tests cited by Chinese state media point to a new type of coronavirus. Jan. 13: A Chinese woman is quarantined in Thailand, the first detection of the virus outside China. Jan. 15: Japan confirms its first case. Jan. 20: South Korea confirms its first case. Jan. 22: The WHO convenes an emergency meeting with health authorities around the world. Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the new coronavirus does not yet constitute an international emergency. Jan. 23: China issues a lockdown for millions of people in Wuhan and Hubei as the death toll rises to 18. Jan. 24: The first cases in Europe are reported in France. Jan. 25: China bans wildlife trade after the virus was traced to a Wuhan animal market. The Lunar New Year holiday is extended for workers and schools. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announces measures to limit links with China. Jan. 27: The United States warns against travel to China, a day after five people who had been in Wuhan become the first confirmed cases in America. Jan. 30: The WHO declares the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. Feb. 1: The United States, Singapore, Russia and Australia ban foreign travelers who were recently in China. Feb. 2: A 44-year-old man dies in the Philippines, the first death outside China. Feb. 3: Investors erase $393 billion from China’s benchmark stock index, selling the yuan and dumping commodities on the first day of trade after the Lunar New Year break. Feb. 4: Hong Kong reports its first death. Macau shutters casinos. American Airlines Group (AAL.O) and United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL.O) suspend flights to Hong Kong. Feb. 5: About 3,700 passengers are quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess, a Carnival Corp (CCL.N) cruise liner, off the coast of Japan after 10 people test positive. More than 700 passengers eventually test positive and 14 die. The ship is quarantined for nearly a month. Feb. 7: Li Wenliang, a Chinese ophthalmologist who had been reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the Wuhan outbreak, dies, triggering wide public mourning and rare expressions of anger against the government. Feb. 7: Hong Kong supermarket shelves are stripped bare as residents hoard toilet paper and other supplies. Feb. 11: The Chinese government’s senior medical adviser tells Reuters the outbreak may be over by April. Feb. 12: An Iranian woman di
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