As New York becomes the fourth state to record 1 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started, we look at 2020’s coronavirus events and roundup all the coronavirus news statistics from last year. Check out our latest coronavirus news from Stream MD.
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Coronavirus News: Statistics from Last Year
Coronavirus COVID-19 was first reported to the WHO on December 31, 2019.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first US coronavirus case on January 21, 2020, after a resident from Washington state returned from Wuhan, China, and tested positive.
The outbreak was declared a global health emergency on January 30, 2020, and the US followed soon after to declare a public health emergency on February 3, 2020.
February was a month of expert meetings as the WHO summoned a Global Research and Innovation Forum on February 11, 2020. This two-day meeting saw 450 experts and funders come together (some online) to discuss what they knew about the virus, how to prevent and control the disease, and essentially how they would move forward with funding for accelerated research.
On February 23, 2020, a press conference was held by the WHO-China Joint Mission’s Team Leaders on COVID-19. They warned that the world wasn’t well equipped to handle the disease and made major recommendations to differently affected countries.
It wasn’t until March 11, 2020, that WHO declared a global pandemic. The last time the WHO declared a global pandemic was in 2009 with the H1N1 influenza pandemic. The Trump administration declared COVID-19 a national emergency, on March 13. On the same day, a travel ban on non-US citizens goes into effect.
Just as the US reports its 100th confirmed COVID-19 death on March 17, Trump asks Congress to speed up the stimulus package giving emergency relief checks and aid to US citizens.
Two days later, on March 19, California became the first state to issue stay at home orders. This allowed for only essential travel to work and essential shopping.
President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on March 27.
On April 4, 2020, the WHO reported over 1 million cases of COVID-19 globally.
The 73rd World Health Assembly was held on 18-19 May 2020, which was the first time the event had been held virtually. They were resolute in bringing the world together to fight the disease, control the pandemic, and secure the “fastest possible global recovery”.
May 28 saw the number of deaths in the United States pass 100,000 people.
On June 10, the number of confirmed cases rose to 2 million in the US, likely due to relaxed social distancing regulations.
After this figure became 3 million, on July 6, President Trump began the process to withdraw from the WHO because of its response to COVID-19 and other health crises in recent decades. However, the process takes over a year and could be reversed by President-elect Joe Biden.
July was a month of early vaccine trials. Moderna Inc. was the first to enter large-scale human trials, and on July 14, they announced positive immune responses from all groups of volunteers. Moderna later received $472 million in funding from the Trump Administration.
Other vaccines from AstraZeneca and CanSino Biologics also showed promising results.
COVID-19 became the third leading cause of death in the US following heart disease and cancer as deaths exceeded 1,000 per day.
On September 28, the WHO announced they would make at least 120 million rapid test kits available for low-income countries. Partnerships with other organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, pledged to make the $5 tests over six months.
A new variant of the disease was circulating in the UK, reported just before Christmas, and the first case was found in the US in Colorado on December 29. The new strain is more contagious than the populous variant, but scientists believe it is no longer lethal.
December was the worst month for the US, with the most recorded deaths and cases since the pandemic started. Over 77,000 people died from COVID-19, while 6.4 million new cases of the virus were reported in December.
At the end of December, Novavax, the American vaccine development company, begins a phase 3 trial on 30,000 volunteers.
On December 30, 2020, the good news was reported as the U.K approved authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford. The vaccine, known as AZD1222, is ready for use on people aged 18 and over.
More than 350,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus across the nation.
Over 1.84 million people have lost their lives globally.
The worst-hit countries are :
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It is evident that larger countries will have higher numbers of cases and deaths and other demographics or factors such as countries with higher numbers of older citizens. Additionally, the different ways that each country reports their cases may also affect figures and be understated for some countries, especially where testing was or is unavailable.
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