December 31, 2019
Chinese authorities inform the World Health Organisation of a respiratory illness in the city of Wuhan.
Viral pneumonia has struck down 27 people, leaving seven critically ill. The outbreak is traced to a “wet” market selling wild animals.January 8, 2020
Chinese TV identifies the possible cause as a new type of coronavirus – the first time many people have heard the phrase. But scientists say the risk of human transmission remains low.
January 11, 2020
The first person to die from the virus is identified as a 61-year-old man living in Wuhan who had “severe” underlying health issues.
January 20, 2020
First signs of the virus spreading emerge as cases reported in Beijing, Shenzhen, Thailand and Japan.
January 22, 2020
Wuhan goes into travel lockdown with outbound flights and trains banned, and bus routes closed.
January 24, 2020
Health Secretary Matt Hancock chairs the Government’s first Cobra meeting on coronavirus and later insists the threat to the UK is “low”.
January 26, 2020
The Foreign Office tells Britons living in Wuhan to leave if they can.
January 28, 2020
The death toll passes 100.
January 30, 2020
The WHO declares the coronavirus outbreak a global emergency.
January 31, 2020
The first people in the UK – two members of the same family – test positive for coronavirus. Britons arriving on flights from Wuhan are taken into quarantine.
The first coronavirus death outside of China is confirmed - in the Philippines.
February 11, 2020
Deaths in mainland China pass 1,000. The WHO says the disease caused by coronavirus will be called Covid-19.
February 22, 2020
The first deaths are reported in Italy, leading to lockdown measures in the north of the country.
February 24, 2020
The WHO says the planet must prepare for a coronavirus pandemic.
The FTSE 100 hits a new 13-month low, with the leading companies having £150billion wiped off their value in four days.
February 28, 2020
A passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan becomes the first Briton to die from the virus.
March 5, 2020
A woman in her 70s dies at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, the first person in the UK to die with coronavirus.
March 10, 2020
The Cheltenham Festival, attracting 240,000 spectators over four days, goes ahead despite concerns about spreading the virus. Health Minister Nadine Dorries becomes the first British politician to test positive for Covid-19.
March 11, 2020
Coronavirus is declared a pandemic by the WHO. US President Donald Trump announces a ban on travellers from Europe, except the UK.
Hollywood star Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson say they are infected and are being treated in an Australian hospital.
Some 3,000 Atletico Madrid fans attend their side’s Champions League game against Liverpool at Anfield –despite Spain’s severe coronavirus outbreak.
March 12, 2020
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tests positive for coronavirus.
March 13, 2020
Top-level football is suspended in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Some European countries begin to ban public gatherings.
March 14, 2020
Trump extends travel ban to those arriving from the UK and Ireland.
March 17, 2020
Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils £330billion package to help ailing businesses furlough staff.
March 18, 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says schools and nurseries will close after March 20. Only vulnerable kids and those whose parents are key workers will be allowed to attend. Glastonbury, due to be headlined by Sir Paul McCartney, is cancelled.
March 20, 2020
Pubs and restaurants across the country are ordered to close from midnight.
Schools also close their doors.
March 23, 2020
The PM announces unprecedented lockdown measures in a dramatic TV address. People can only leave home for limited reasons and Britons overseas are told to return to the UK.
March 25, 2020
Prince of Wales tests positive for Covid-19 but is displaying only “mild symptoms”.
March 27, 2020
Mr Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock test positive for Covid-19, while Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty says he has symptoms of the disease and is self-isolating.
More than 750,000 people sign up to join a “volunteer army” to help with delivering supplies and getting in touch with lonely people.
March 28, 2020
The total number of UK deaths from coronavirus passes 1,000.
Amged El-Hawrani, left, a 55-year-old consultant, becomes the first frontline NHS hospital worker to die after testing positive for coronavirus.
March 30, 2020
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, becomes the youngest person in the UK to die after contracting the deadly virus.
April 1, 2020
The Wimbledon Championships , the UK’s Grand Slam tennis tournament, is called off.
April 2, 2020
Chinese authorities ease lockdown measures on Wuhan, enabling many to leave their homes for the first time in months. Premier League football giant Tottenham Hotspur sparks fury after furloughing 550 non-playing staff.
April 3, 2020
Areema Nasreen, 36, from Walsall, West Mids, becomes the first NHS nurse to die from virus. The new NHS Nightingale field hospital opens at the ExCeL centre in East London.
The number of registered worldwide cases of coronavirus passes the one million mark.
April 5, 2020
The Queen makes a historic TV broadcast to nation, evoking the Blitz spirit as she tells 24 million viewers: “We will meet again.” Mr Johnson, below, is admitted to St Thomas’s Hospital in London as his symptoms persist.
April 6, 2020
It is announced that the UK PM is being treated in intensive care.
Golf’s 149th Open Championship, at Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Kent, is cancelled.