The novel coronavirus began in December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei province. Now, it’s spread to 28 other countries and territories and killed 1,775 people, the majority in mainland China. Take a look at how we got here:
December 8: the First patient develops symptoms of coronavirus in Wuhan.
December 31: Earliest cases of the virus reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).
January 1: Seafood and wildlife market in Wuhan, where the outbreak is believed to have originated, is closed for disinfection
January 7: Chinese authorities confirm that they have identified the virus as a novel coronavirus
January 9: First-person dies of the virus, though his death wasn’t announced until January 11.
January 16: Japanese authorities confirm their first case.
January 21: US officials confirm their first case.
January 23: Wuhan is placed on lockdown, and Lunar New Year celebrations are cancelled in major Chinese cities. Around 60 million people are affected by lockdowns and travel restrictions in other parts of China. WHO says virus is not yet a public health emergency of international concern
January 28: Death toll tops 100. The number of confirmed cases in mainland China overtakes the deadly 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak.
January 30: WHO declares a public health emergency of international concern.
Carter is a former US Army Ranger, US Army intelligence officer, and counterintelligence officer with the Defence Intelligence Agency.
He has a BA in Political Science from UCLA and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown.