COVID-19 has made it clear that public health is essential to economic recovery.
The notion that we must choose between them is ridiculous – and has had deadly consequences.

The timeline plots the history of COVID-19, from the first reported case to current events,
which are kept regularly updated.

It can be viewed chronologically, as things happened, or by most recent events first.
Here you can find more a detailed introduction and a guide to abbreviations.

This timeline will be updated approximately weekly throughout 2021.
Please check back for the latest developments.

31 December 2019

A cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China is reported by Wuhan’s Municipal Health Commission. Source

30 December 2019

Dr. Li Wenliang, a Wuhan ophthalmologist, posts a WeChat message to other doctors to warn them about a new virus and advises them to wear protective gear; he is reprimanded for spreading rumors. Source

12 December 2019

Health officials in Wuhan, China, begin looking at people with a viral pneumonia, most of whom went to the Huanan Seafood Market, where bats, snakes and other animals are sold. Source

17 November 2019

The South China Morning Post reports a possible first case of illness from the novel coronavirus. Source