COVID-19 Pandemic Timeline
2020 might be one of the most unforgettable years by most people worldwide. The COVID-19 virus outbreak has led to a total disaster to many countries. It all started at the very end of 2019 as shown in Figure 1, on 31 December 2019, China’s government alerted World Health Organization (WHO) on their finding to 40 pneumonia alike cases from an unknown virus in Wuhan, Hubei. On 7 January, officials announced that they already identify a new virus named 2019-nCovid and was classified as coronavirus family, which includes seasonal flu and SARS. On 13 January, the first case outside China was reported in Thailand from a woman who had just back from Wuhan. The number of confirmed cases kept rising both in China and overseas, which made the WHO declare the corona virus a global emergency on 30 January. Many countries started to lock down their infected cities, suspend all activities and imposed a strict quarantine to slower the virus spreading. On 20-24 February, the Middle East especially Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Oman all reported their first cases of the virus. Finally, on 11 March, WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic, by the time, there had been more than 118,000 cases with 4,291 died distributed into 114 various countries (World
Health Organization (WHO), 2020).