Here's the latest timeline of how the deadly virus is evolving across the world.

February 24, 2020: i) Coronavirus no longer a pandemic but remains an international emergency: WHO. ii) Covid-19 reaches to 30 countries outside mainland China. Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain announce first coronavirus case. North Korea quarantined 380 foreigners over virus fears. iii) Pakistan suspends flights to China till March 15; quarantines 200 near Iran border. The nation is yet to respond to the pleas of 1000 nationals stuck in coronavirus-hit Wuhan. iv) China considers 'complete ban' on the trade and consumption of Wild Animals.

February 23, 2020: i) South Korean President puts the country on 'red alert' after the rapid rise in new cases. ii) Italy announces third death from coronavirus. iii) Four passengers tested positive in England after evacuation from Diamond Princess Cruise ship. iv) Coronavirus can put recovery of the global economy at risk: IMF to G20.

February 22, 2020: i) China delays grant of clearance for IAF flight to bring back Indians from Wuhan, says a report. ii) incubation period might be 27 days, much longer than the presumed 14 days. iii) South Korea confirms 142 new cases of Covid-19. Four new cases reported in Japan. The novel coronavirus spreads to several Iranian cities. iv) Window to stem the deadly coronavirus outbreak is shrinking, warns WHO. v)The USA starts preparing for coronavirus pandemic (global epidemic).

February 21, 2020: i) Coronavirus kills another young doctor in Wuhan. China prisons report over 500 Covid-19 cases. Total death toll in mainland China hits 2,236; confirmed cases cross 75,400. ii) Confirmed infections in South Korea rose to 156, nearly tripled in just three days. The country now has the second-largest number of coronavirus cases after China. iii) Italy confirms new coronavirus case. The total number of infections reach four after two Chinese tourists and one local were tested positive.

February 20, 2020: Another Indian on-board Japan's quarantined cruise ship Diamond Prince tests positive for coronavirus.

February 19, 2020: i) All of the 406 Indians, who were evacuated from the coronavirus- hit Wuhan, earlier this month, have been discharged from the ITBP Quarantine facility in Delhi. ii) Death toll in China jumped over 2,000. About 1,693 new cases of infection have been reported. The total number of infection cases in China now stands at 74,000.

February 18, 2020: Director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan dies of coronavirus. So far, the COVID-19 virus has killed 1,900 people and infected over 72,000 others.

February 17, 2020: Total death toll from Covid-19 rose to 1,775. More than 70,000 people are infected in China. Outside mainland China, there have been around 780 infections reported in nearly 30 locations.

February 16, 2020: i) Death toll from Covid-19 climbs to 1,669. ii) South Korea confirmed 29th case of coronavirus. UAE reports ninth Covid-19 case. Taiwan reports first death case from the deadly coronavirus - fifth outside mainland China.

February 15, 2020: France announced the first coronavirus death in Europe. In total, it was fourth death outside mainland China after one each in Hong Kong, Philippines, and Japan.

February 14, 2020: Japan reported the first death from Covid-19. Nee cases reported in Malaysia and Thailand.

February 13, 2020: i) The ruling communist party fired the top officials of Wuhan and Hubei Province amid the outrage over the handling of coronavirus. ii) More than 14,000 new cases of infection were added from the Hubei Province, setting a daily record.

February 12, 2020: The total confirmed cases on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship, quarantined in Japan, have surged to 174.

February 11, 2020: i) The World Health Organization officially named the disease caused by the new coronavirus as ‘Covid-19’. ii) The death toll in China crossed the mark of 1,000 whereas the number of infection rose to 42,638.

February 10, 2020: The death toll in China rose to 908, surpassing the global number of casualties from the SARS epidemic in 2002-03. At this point, confirmed cases of infection in the country stood at 40,171.

February 08, 2020: A U.S. citizen died in Wuhan. It was the first known American death.

February 07, 2020: Dr Li Wenliang, a Chinese doctor who raised early alarms regarding the uncontrollable nature of the infection, died from the coronavirus.

February 5, 2020: i) About 350 people, mostly Americans, were evacuated from the Hubei Province, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak. ii) More than 3,600 passengers on-board Diamond Prince Cruise ship in Japan began their 14-day quarantine after a two-week trip to Southeast Asia.

February 04, 2020: Death toll from the outbreak rose to 425. Chinese administration admits 'shortcomings and difficulties' in coronavirus response.

February 03, 2020: India reported the third positive case in Kerala. The death toll soared to 362. Close to 2300 cases in China fall under the severe category.

February 02, 2020: Death toll rises to 305. The first coronavirus patient outside China dies in the Philippines.

February 01, 2020: Death toll crossed 259. Confirmed cases of coronavirus reported from Russia, Spain, and Sweden.

January 31, 2020: Coronavirus was declared a global health emergency by the WHO.

January 30, 2020: Russia closed the 2,700-mile border with China. The US reported the first domestic case.

January 23, 2020: Chinese officials quarantined the city, suspending travel in and out of Wuhan, a city of over 10 million.

January 13, 2020: Health officials in Thailand and Japan announced of having confirmed 2019-nCoV infections in travellers in their respective countries.

January 09, 2020: Officials announce the first coronavirus-related death, reported from Wuhan. Till now more than 200 people have died from the virus.

January 07, 2020: Chinese authorities confirmed that they have identified a new virus and it belongs to Coronavirus family. It was temporarily named "2019-nCoV".

January 03, 2020: A total of 44 patients with pneumonia of unknown aetiology were reported to the WHO by the national authorities.

January 01, 2020: The WHO requested further information from the national authorities to assess the risk.

December 31, 2019: The WHO Centre in China was informed about several cases of pneumonia of unknown aetiology (unknown cause) being detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. The virus did not match any of the earlier known viruses, raising concern over the nature of its effect on people.

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Coronavirus: Possibility of a Global Threat

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The recent outbreak of an unfamiliar kind of coronavirus (Novel Coronavirus/ 2019-nCoV) has generated a wave of panic around the world. 

As of February 04, 2020, the coronavirus outbreak has taken 425 lives in mainland China, mostly in Hubei. 

A total of 20,438 confirmed cases of infection have been reported nationally. With the rising number of casualties, quarantine is being expanded in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus began. 

With the death toll rising rapidly, the fear of coronavirus has managed to crawl into India too, as China is quite close to India (only 2,982 km away). 

India (on January 30) reported the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Kerala. On January 31, six more suspected cases of coronavirus were admitted to RML hospital. Till now (Feb 03), three confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Kerala, India.

On 2nd Feb, the Philippines reported its first death from the coronavirus, which was also the first death from virus outside China. On Tuesday (Feb 04), Hong Kong reported its first death from the coronavirus, taking the death toll outside China to 02. More than 150 cases of coronavirus have been reported in two dozen other countries. 

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What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that generally affect the respiratory tract of mammals and birds. They cause illness ranging from common cold and pneumonia to severe diseases such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). Notably, Coronaviruses are zoonotic, which means they are transmitted between animals and people.

A new coronavirus, which has not been previously known to humans, was identified in China on January 07, 2020. It is named as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Symptoms of Coronavirus 

The symptoms vary depending upon the type of infection a person is suffering from. In case of mild to moderate upper-respiratory infection, symptoms will include: 

♦ Running nose ♦ Headache ♦ Cough ♦ Sore throat ♦ Fever ♦ Not feeling well overall

However, coronavirus can also cause bronchitis and Pneumonia. The symptoms of which include: 

♦ High Fever

♦ Shortness of breath (shortness of breath and breathing difficulties)

♦ Cough with mucus

♦ Chest pain or tightness when you breathe and cough

It is to be noted that coronavirus has an incubation period of up to 14 days. Thus, it becomes extremely important to seek medical attention in case symptoms persist or worsen beyond 7 to 10 days.

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How it spreads?

Human coronaviruses generally spread from an infected person to others via:

♦ Air by coughing and sneezing

♦ Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.

♦ Touching an infected object or surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands. 

What to Do? 

Till now, no vaccine or cure has been developed for Coronavirus. However, many people have been cured after the treatment. Though, prevention is always better than cure.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued some preventive measures to stop the potential spread of the deadly virus. These precautions are quite similar to the things we do to avoid the common cold:

♦ Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.

♦ Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.

♦ Avoid contact with infected people. 

♦ Avoid travelling to farms, animal markets or slaughterhouses.

♦ Do not consume raw or under-cooked meat.

♦ Wear gloves in case you are handling raw meat. Keep them separate to avoid cross-contamination.

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♦ Wear a mask when visiting public places or using public transportation.

♦ Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.

Apart from this, there are certain general guidelines to keep you safe from the threat of this deadly disease. 

♦ When you are travelling abroad, especially to the country where coronavirus cases have been reported, make sure to keep all the mediations for fever, cough, and cold. Also, take measures to boost your immune system. 

♦ Cancel travel plans if you already have a cold, cough or fever. Many countries, around the world, are conducting health screening at international airports, railway stations, and bus stations to restrict deportation and importation of people who have contracted the coronavirus. 

♦ Individuals who have come in close contact with people suffering from coronavirus must get themselves examined as soon as possible. 

♦ In case you experience trouble in breathing and have a cold, cough and fever, it is advised to consult the doctor immediately. 

Dine-in only at those restaurants where general guidelines of food safety, food handling, and hygiene are followed. 

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Steps taken by the Indian Government

India, in the first flight on Saturday (Feb 01),evacuated 324 Indians from the infected city of Wuhan. Then, on Sunday (Feb 03) another batch of 323 Indians and seven Maldivian citizens was flown back to India in Air India's jumbo B747.

Indian authorities have kept several citizens under medical watch. Screening of thousands of passengers has been done at the airports. Travel and health advisories have been issued to pre-empt the spread of a new virus strain that has claimed over 425 lives in neighbouring China. Notably, India is one of the 30 nations which are at 'high risk' of coronavirus, according to a study from the University of Southampton.

What happened when?

Here's the latest timeline of how the deadly virus is evolving across the world.

February 24, 2020: i) Coronavirus no longer a pandemic but remains an international emergency: WHO

ii) Covid-19 reaches to 30 countries outside mainland China. Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain announce first coronavirus case. North Korea quarantined 380 foreigners over virus fears. 

iii) Pakistan suspends flights to China till March 15; quarantines 200 near Iran border. The nation is yet to respond to the pleas of 1000 nationals stuck in coronavirus-hit Wuhan.

iv) China considers 'complete ban' on the trade and consumption of Wild Animals.

February 23, 2020: i) South Korean President puts the country on 'red alert' after the rapid rise in new cases. 

ii) Italy announces third death from coronavirus. 

iii) Four passengers tested positive in England after evacuation from Diamond Princess Cruise ship. 

iv) Coronavirus can put recovery of the global economy at risk: IMF to G20

February 22, 2020: i) China delays grant of clearance for IAF flight to bring back Indians from Wuhan, says a report.

ii) Coronavirus incubation period might be 27 days, much longer than the presumed 14 days.

iii) South Korea confirms 142 new cases of Covid-19. Four new cases reported in Japan. The novel coronavirus spreads to several Iranian cities.

iv) Window to stem the deadly coronavirus outbreak is shrinking, warns WHO.

v) The USA starts preparing for coronavirus pandemic (global epidemic). 

February 21, 2020: i) Coronavirus kills another young doctor in Wuhan. China prisons report over 500 Covid-19 cases. Total death toll in mainland China hits 2,236; confirmed cases cross 75,400.

ii) Confirmed infections in South Korea rose to 156, nearly tripled in just three days. The country now has the second-largest number of coronavirus cases after China.

iii) Italy confirms new coronavirus case. The total number of infections reach four after two Chinese tourists and one local were tested positive.

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February 20, 2020: Another Indian on-board Japan's quarantined cruise ship Diamond Prince tests positive for coronavirus.

February 19, 2020: i) All of the 406 Indians, who were evacuated from the coronavirus- hit Wuhan, earlier this month, have been discharged from the ITBP Quarantine facility in Delhi.

ii) Death toll in China jumped over 2,000. About 1,693 new cases of infection have been reported. The total number of infection cases in China now stands at 74,000. 

February 18, 2020: Director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan dies of coronavirus. So far, the COVID-19 virus has killed 1,900 people and infected over 72,000 others.

February 17, 2020: Total death toll from Covid-19 rose to 1,775. More than 70,000 people are infected in China. Outside mainland China, there have been around 780 infections reported in nearly 30 locations. 

February 16, 2020: i) Death toll from Covid-19 climbs to 1,669.

ii) South Korea confirmed 29th case of coronavirus. UAE reports ninth Covid-19 case. Taiwan reports first death case from the deadly coronavirus - fifth outside mainland China.

February 15, 2020:  France announced the first coronavirus death in Europe. In total, it was fourth death outside mainland China after one each in Hong Kong, Philippines, and Japan.

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February 14, 2020: Japan reported the first death from Covid-19. Nee cases reported in Malaysia and Thailand.

February 13, 2020: i) The ruling communist party fired the top officials of Wuhan and Hubei Province amid the outrage over the handling of coronavirus.

ii) More than 14,000 new cases of infection were added from the Hubei Province, setting a daily record. 

February 12, 2020: The total confirmed cases on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship, quarantined in Japan, have surged to 174.

February 11, 2020: i) The World Health Organization officially named the disease caused by the new coronavirus as ‘Covid-19’.

ii) The death toll in China crossed the mark of 1,000 whereas the number of infection rose to 42,638.

February 10, 2020: The death toll in China rose to 908, surpassing the global number of casualties from the SARS epidemic in 2002-03. At this point, confirmed cases of infection in the country stood at 40,171.

February 08, 2020: A U.S. citizen died in Wuhan. It was the first known American death.

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February 07, 2020: Dr Li Wenliang, a Chinese doctor who raised early alarms regarding the uncontrollable nature of the infection, died from the coronavirus.

February 5, 2020: i) About 350 people, mostly Americans, were evacuated from the Hubei Province, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak.

ii) More than 3,600 passengers on-board Diamond Prince Cruise ship in Japan began their 14-day quarantine after a two-week trip to Southeast Asia.

February 04, 2020: Death toll from the outbreak rose to 425. Chinese administration admits 'shortcomings and difficulties' in coronavirus response.

February 03, 2020: India reported the third positive case in Kerala. The death toll soared to 362. Close to 2300 cases in China fall under the severe category.

February 02, 2020: Death toll rises to 305. The first coronavirus patient outside China dies in the Philippines.

February 01, 2020: Death toll crossed 259. Confirmed cases of coronavirus reported from Russia, Spain, and Sweden.

January 31, 2020: Coronavirus was declared a global health emergency by the WHO.

January 30, 2020: Russia closed the 2,700-mile border with China. The US reported the first domestic case.

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January 23, 2020: Chinese officials quarantined the city, suspending travel in and out of Wuhan, a city of over 10 million.

January 13, 2020: Health officials in Thailand and Japan announced of having confirmed 2019-nCoV infections in travellers in their respective countries.

January 09, 2020: Officials announce the first coronavirus-related death, reported from Wuhan. Till now more than 200 people have died from the virus. 

January 07, 2020: Chinese authorities confirmed that they have identified a new virus and it belongs to Coronavirus family. It was temporarily named "2019-nCoV". 

January 03, 2020: A total of 44 patients with pneumonia of unknown aetiology were reported to the WHO by the national authorities. 

January 01, 2020: The WHO requested further information from the national authorities to assess the risk.

December 31, 2019: The WHO Centre in China was informed about several cases of pneumonia of unknown aetiology(unknown cause) being detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. The virus did not match any of the earlier known viruses, raising concern over the nature of its effect on people. 

Advisory: The coronavirus outbreak is a grave concern and must be treated extremely seriously. It is spreading quite rapidly and the trajectory could be alarming, if the disease is not handled properly. It is highly recommended to follow the precautionary measures to keep safe from any potential harm. 

 

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