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-  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)

- 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)


Latest data released by National Health Commission by midnight, March 19, 2020.

- 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

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 (


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