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Welcome to InMarket's COVID-19 Insights Center

Officially a global pandemic, COVID-19 has become a worldwide health crisis disrupting daily life as we know it. In these unprecedented times, consumers and businesses alike have had to adapt their behaviors, shift policies and plans and adjust to uncertainty.  CDC guidelines around social distancing to contain the virus has impacted where, when and how often consumers visit and shop as well as what they buy. This microsite was designed to provide you with the latest actionable intelligence and research highlighting changes in consumer behavior including visits and purchase behavior; strategies to consider including how best to be of service to consumers during these difficult times; and finally what we are doing to help educate and contain the spread of the virus.

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Outbreak Timeline

2020

Clinical trials of one of the most promising candidate vaccines, AstraZeneca, were suspended after one of the trials’ volunteers fell ill with an unexplained illness.

The UN Secretary General, launching a new report United in Science 2020, stated that greenhouse gases levels were at record levels, while emissions that had temporarily declined because of the coronavirus pandemic were returning to pre-COVID levels, as global temperatures hit new highs.

India overtook Brazil as the country with the second-most coronavirus cases in the world, with more than 4.2 million infections to date.

The UN released a new report by UN Women, From Insights to Action: Gender Equality in the wake of COVID-19, stating that the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences will likely force an additional 47 million more women into poverty, reversing decades of progress to eliminate extreme poverty.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the United States surged past the six million mark, with states including Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota reporting daily records.

The total number of coronavirus cases passed 24 million, with over 821,000 deaths recorded.

The WHO announced only a slim possibility of COVID-19 reinfection, citing documented cases of 1 in over 23 million.

Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) warned warned that the country is on the brink of a nationwide outbreak following the highest daily number of coronavirus cases recorded since March.

Spain reported the highest number of coronavirus infections since it lifted the lockdown in late June.

South Korea announced a ban on large public gatherings and ordered a closure of churches and nightspots in the greater capital area after more than 400 cases were linked to a huge church in northern Seoul.

Faced with an uptick in coronavirus cases, Italy ordered mask wearing in public from 6pm – 6am and a three-week closure of all dance venues. France and South Korea also saw a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

In the U.S. state of Georgia, the Cherokee County School District announced that over 800 students and over 40 staff have been advised to enter a period of quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19.

Health authorities in the United States revealed that an agreement has been reached with the biotechnology company Moderna to secure 100 million doses of the company’s potential COVID-19 vaccine for a cost of $1.5 billion.

Russia reported more than 5,000 daily coronavirus cases. On the same day, global coronavirus cases went past 20 million as the casualty figure crossed 736,000.

The United States on surpassed five million coronavirus cases, the highest in the world.

Coronavirus deaths in Brazil crossed 100,000, the second-highest number globally after the US.

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo announced that the state’s schools will reopen fully after the summer break due to declining coronavirus cases, although some virtual lessons will still take place.

Mexico surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths, the third highest in the world after the United States and Brazil.

United States President Donald Trump stated that the US could potentially have a COVID-19 vaccine by November 3, the date of the 2020 presidential election.

The United States Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory, which advised citizens against all non-essential international travel, based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The global death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 700,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University and Reuters tallies, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the number of deaths.

In the United States, data from the ADP National Employment Report shows that only 170,000 private company employees were hired in July, a stark contrast to over 4 million hired in June, with data also suggesting that there are 13 million fewer people employed in the US than in February, attributed directly to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Chicago Teachers Union announced that schools will not reopen physically after the summer break in September, with lessons conducted online to prevent coronavirus transmission.

Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio announced that coronavirus checkpoints will be established on major entry points to New York City to ensure that travellers arriving from states deemed to have unsafe levels of transmission stay in quarantine for two weeks, with fines of up to $10,000 for anyone caught breaching the orders.

The US is in a new phase of the outbreak, with infections “extraordinarily widespread” in rural areas as well as cities, a White House expert said as cases hit 4.68 million with more than 155,000 deaths reported.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi stated that she was not considering an extension to the enhanced unemployment benefits scheme, scheduled to end on July 31.

The World Health Organization on August 1 warned the COVID-19 pandemic was likely to be “lengthy”, as it met to evaluate the situation, six months after sounding the international alarm.

US second-quarter GDP plunged by 32.9% amid virus-induced shutdown

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that the upcoming 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be held virtually across the United States. It is normally held on its usual venue at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Organizers of Major League Baseball postponed two games scheduled to be held in Miami and Philadelphia due to concerns over the coronavirus after several Miami Marlins players tested positive for COVID-19.

CEO of Google Sundar Pichai announced that the company’s employees will be encouraged to work from home until July 2021 due to surging cases worldwide.

The world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the US government along with Moderna Inc.

Majority leader of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell revealed further details about a coronavirus economic relief program proposed by the Republican Party. Under the scheme, each American citizen will be entitled to $1,200, schools will receive over $100 billion in funding, more money will be injected into small businesses struggling with the financial consequences of the pandemic, $16 billion in funding was allocated to improve individual states’ capacity to test for COVID-19, and over $25 billion in funding will be provided to increase production of personal protective equipment and potential COVID-19 vaccines in the US.

A study by the international news agency Reuters revealed for the first time that Latin America has the highest number of coronavirus cases than any other region in the world, with over 4.3 million confirmed cases.

The Supreme Court of the United States voted to maintain legislation imposed by the state government of Nevada which prevented more than fifty people gathering together after a Calvary Chapel in Dayton Valley requested changes to the legislation to allow larger religious services.

Russia, the fourth worst-hit country in the world, surpassed 800,000 coronavirus infections.

Mayor of Washington, D.C. Muriel Bowser announced that from July 27, travellers arriving into Washington, D.C. for non-essential reasons from any area deemed to be a coronavirus hotspot must enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine to reduce the risk of transmission, although the neighbouring states of Maryland and Virginia were excluded from the restrictions. Despite the increasing restrictions, the US National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. reopened with various coronavirus measures in place. Visitors must pre-book tickets, with a reduced capacity, and face masks are compulsory for both visitors and staff; social distancing measures were also introduced with some areas of the zoo implementing a one-way system.

White House Press Secretary stated that POTUS aims to fully reopen all American schools at the start of the academic year despite concerns from teachers and parents about a potential increase in transmission of COVID-19.

The Walt Disney Company postponed the debuts of several films due to the coronavirus pandemic. The release of the live-action version of Mulan was postponed indefinitely, and the releases of Avatar 2 and a new Star Wars film were postponed to December 2022 and December 2023 respectively.

The United States Department of Labor revealed that over 1.4 million American citizens applied for unemployment benefits in the last week, an increase on the figure reported last week, despite several weeks of decreasing numbers.

The National Football League announced that all spectators will be required to wear face masks when the season resumes in September to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Mayor of Washington, D.C. Muriel Bowser announced that face masks will be made compulsory in all areas outside of the home due to a recent rise in cases in the city, with authorities citing the effectiveness of similar orders elsewhere in reducing transmission of the virus.

United States Minority Senate Leader Chuck Schumer urged leaders of the Republican Party to present details for further coronavirus legislation in the United States Congress.

POTUS announced that the government’s daily coronavirus briefings will resume this week.

Scientists at Oxford University said their experimental coronavirus vaccine prompted a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot. The vaccine called AZD1222 is one of 150 in development globally, but is considered the most advanced.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed further details about the Canadian government’s $14 billion economic recovery program, to restart the economy after the coronavirus pandemic. Measures included in the program include contact tracing, providing appropriate PPE to healthcare workers, assisting financially struggling municipalities to pay operating costs, and improving long-term social care for the elderly.

United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin stated that policymakers should consider blanket loan forgiveness for smaller businesses that received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program, and also stated that additional funds could be made available, with businesses badly affected potentially entitled to a second emergency loan.

Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp announced that he would be suing authorities in the city of Atlanta after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms attempted to introduce legislation requiring residents to wear face masks in public spaces; Kemp claims that city officials do not have the authority to make such a decision.

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo stated that New York City is “not ready” to reopen shopping centres and museums even if authorities move into the next phase of reopening. Cuomo stated that no additional indoor activity will open in the state during the fourth phase of reopening due to the risk of coronavirus transmission.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the ban on cruise ships sailing in U.S. waters to 30 September, due to the rapidly rising coronavirus cases in the country.

Managers at Walmart announced that customers will be required to wear face masks in-store from 20 July amid rising coronavirus cases in the US.

Researchers in the US said that the first vaccine tested in the country had worked to boost patients’ immune systems and is set for final testing. This is as the number of cases nationwide rose by 65,682 for a total of 3.45 million.

LA County Sets New Single-Day Record for COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations

The WHO has warned the pandemic could get far worse if countries around the world do not follow basic healthcare precautions. Meanwhile Hong Kong is set to impose its toughest restricting measures after authorities warned the risk of a large-scale outbreak was extremely high.

The United States has added more than 56,000 new coronavirus cases, including at least 15,000 in the state of Florida, pushing the nationwide total to 3.3 million cases, with more than 135,000 deaths.

The World Health Organization reported a record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours.

Hong Kong will close all schools after the territory reported a spike in locally transmitted COVID-19 infections.

The WHO acknowledged “emerging evidence” of the airborne spread of the coronavirus, after a group of scientists wrote a letter urging the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease is spread.

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Bolsonaro spent months downplaying the severity of the disease, even as Brazil recorded more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus, second only to the United States, and more than 65,000 deaths.

The United States officially notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization. The withdrawal is expected to take effect July 6, 2021.

The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. surpassed three million.

WHO said that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 after the medications failed to reduce mortality.

Florida surpassed 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as the state reported more than 10,000 new positives for four straight days.

Brazil passed 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, as cities reopened bars, restaurants and gyms sparking fears infections will keep rising.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 11 million.

More than 10.3 million people around the world had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, more than 5.2 million had recovered, and more than 505,000 had died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the pandemic is “not even close to being over” and while there had been some progress initially, it was “actually speeding up.”

The US health secretary Alex Azar warned the “window is closing” for decisive action to curb the virus as cases there surge.

Australia’s second most populous state said that it is considering reimposing social distancing restrictions after the country reported its biggest one-day rise in new coronavirus infections in more than two months.

The death toll from the coronavirus neared 500,000 people, while the number of cases worldwide exceeded 10 million.

The EU announced plans to bar travellers from the United States, Brazil and Russia due to a continued surge in infections in the three countries.

United States Vice President Mike Pence announced that 16 states are seeing an increase in cases of the novel coronavirus.

WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the pandemic was getting worse globally, with the number of infections expected to reach 10 million next week.

US hospitaliztions and caseloads have reached new highs in more than half a dozen states, with newly confirmed cases nationwide back near their peak level of two months ago.

Worldwide, at least 8.85 million people were confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus, more than 4.3 million have recovered, and more than 465,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the 150,000 new cases recorded on June 18 was the highest number reported in a single day, as the global pandemic accelerated.

The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, was hospitalized for pneumonia after revealing the previous day that he and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19.

Scientists and the WHO announced a “breakthrough,” a cheap and widely used steroid dexamethasone became the first drug found to dramatically reduce the risk of dying from COVID-19.

China moved to mass testing in the capital, Beijing, after a spike in cases connected to a major wholesale food market.

A number of European nations, including France, Germany, Greece and Switzerland, reopened their borders to fellow Europeans.

The number of US cases surpassed two million, while the death toll exceeded 110,000. Meanwhile, vaccine developer Moderna announced plans to trial its vaccine on 30,000 people in July.

Moderna confirmed that it plans to start a trial of 30,000 volunteers of its much-anticipated coronavirus vaccine in July as the company enters the final stage of testing.

The Defense Department’s largest biomedical lab, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland, selected a lead COVID-19 vaccine candidate for additional research as well as two backup vaccine candidates.

Data released Thursday by the Department of Labor showed that more than 1.5 million people filed for unemployment for the first time last week. The claims came slightly below economists’ expectations of 1.6 million first-time jobless claims and was a third of the peak of claims from early April.

Reports showed that coronavirus cases are rising in nearly half the states, as many places roll back lockdowns.

U.S. stocks dropped sharply as investors weighed sobering economic forecasts and new data, along with indications that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from subsiding.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order that removed many restrictions in Georgia starting June 16, including allowing restaurants and movie theaters to no longer enforce maximums on the number of people who can sit together.

A report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said the pandemic had triggered the worst global recession in nearly a century even without a second wave of infections.

Brazil restored detailed COVID-19 data to its official national website following controversy over the removal of cumulative totals and a ruling by a Supreme Court justice that the full set of information be reinstated.

The virus crisis triggered the most severe recession in nearly a century, and is causing enormous damage to people’s health, jobs and well-being, according to an analysis of global economic data by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Public beaches reopened in Miami Beach, Florida, after a 12-week closure due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Starbucks announced that it lost as much as $3.2 billion in revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Texas experienced a spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations, setting a new record for three consecutive days. The state reported 2,153 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Wednesday, 2,056 on Tuesday and 1,935 on Monday. All of those totals topped the earlier record of 1,888 hospitalizations set on May 5.

Disney announced a phased reopening plan for its California parks and resorts. Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will reopen by July 17 and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plan to reopen on July 23.

California music festival Coachella and its smaller sibling Stagecoach were officially canceled.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige extended the state’s 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from out of state through the end of July.

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. surpassed 2 million.

Coronavirus deaths in Latin America surpassed 70,000.

A WHO expert clarified that the coronavirus can be spread by people who show no symptoms, a day after sparking widespread confusion by saying that such asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 was “very rare.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy lifted his stay-at-home order as the state continued to make progress in its fight against the coronavirus.

Best Buy announced that more than 800 store locations will reopen to shoppers beginning June 15 under strict social distancing guidelines that will limit the number of people in stores.

AMC Theaters, the largest theater chain in the U.S., said it planned to reopen all its locations in July.

New York City began the first phase of reopening after nearly three months of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

A new modelling study of lockdown impacts in 11 nations by researchers at Imperial College London found that wide-scale lockdowns, including shop and school closures, reduced COVID-19 transmission rates in Europe enough to control its spread and may have averted more than three million deaths.

The National Bureau of Economic Research found that the U.S. was officially in a recession in February, bringing an end to a historic 128 months of economic growth.

The WHO said new coronavirus cases had their biggest daily increase ever on June 7, as more than 136,000 new cases were reported worldwide. The agency said the pandemic had yet to peak in central America and urged countries to press on with efforts to contain the virus.

South Korea recorded more than 50 new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, as authorities continued to work to suppress a spike in fresh infections in the Seoul metropolitan area.

The global coronavirus death toll surpassed 400,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than a quarter of these were in the U.S.

North Carolina reported 1,370 new cases of coronavirus — the third straight day the state has set a record for new cases.

Coronavirus deaths in the United States surpassed 110,000.

Brazil removed months of data on its COVID-19 epidemic from public view, as President Jair Bolsonaro defended delays and changes to official record-keeping of the world’s second-largest outbreak. Brazil’s Health Ministry also stopped giving a total count of confirmed cases, which shot past 672,000 — more than anywhere outside the U.S. — or a total death toll, which passed Italy and was nearing 36,000.

Florida reported more than 1,000 confirmed cases, the fourth straight day of cases hitting that threshold as the state continues with its reopening plan.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released new figures showing that the U.S. economy gained 2.5 million jobs in May and the unemployment rate dropped to 13.3%, down from 14.7% in April. Black unemployment rose to 16.8%, up slightly from 16.7 last month, white unemployment came in at 12.4%, down from 14.9%.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive orders to reopen more regions of the state. The executive orders state that much of northern Michigan and all of the state’s Upper Peninsula can reopen salons, movie theaters and gyms starting on June 10.

Florida’s health department announced 1,305 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 61,488.

A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that people are engaging in extremely dangerous behaviors — including gargling with bleach — in an effort to prevent COVID-19.

The World Health Organization broadened its recommendations for the use of masks during the coronavirus pandemic and said it is now advising that in areas where the virus is spreading, people should wear fabric masks when social distancing is not possible, such as on public transportation and in shops.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it would contribute $1.6 billion to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, an organization that helps provide vaccines to developing countries.

Several U.S. states across the South appeared to be grappling with upticks in infections, as Alabama, South Carolina and Virginia saw new cases climb 35 percent or more in the week that ended May 31 compared with the previous week.

The NBA approved a plan to restart the season with abbreviated competition of just 22 teams — tentatively set to begin July 31 with all games played near Orlando, Florida.

The medical journal The Lancet on Thursday retracted a large study on the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 because of potential flaws in the research data. The study, published two weeks ago, found no benefit to the drug — and suggested its use may even increase the risk of death.

The United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) issued $545 million in its first payments to farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz urged protesters to get tested for COVID-19.

A Tennessee judge ruled that all eligible voters in the state could apply for a mail-in ballot because of dangers posed by the coronavirus.

Organizers of the country’s largest annual technology trade show, CES, said the convention is still on track to be held in Las Vegas in January. The group said it will expand its selection of livestreamed CES content and roll out new cleaning and social distancing practices.

New research from the University of Minnesota Medical School found that hydroxychloroquine was no better than a placebo at preventing symptoms of COVID-19 among people exposed to the virus.

An autopsy found that George Floyd, who died during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, had coronavirus.

The GOP-controlled Senate unanimously passed a bill that seeks to fix the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides direct relief to small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

New figures from the Department of Labor showed that around 1.8 million Americans filed for first-time jobless benefits last week, hinting that the worst could be over for the labor market.

Wuhan registers no new asymptomatic infections for the first time following tests of more than 60,000 people.

As access to COVID-19 tests ramps up in many areas across the country, some testing sites, from California to Florida, temporarily suspend operations because of violence and protests in recent days.

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, says that warmer weather is unlikely to slow or stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Senate votes 51-40 to confirm Brian Miller, President Trump’s pick to be the special inspector general for pandemic recovery. Miller, who had been working for Trump in the White House Counsel’s office, was opposed by most Senate Democrats.

POTUS says that he will be seeking another state to host the Republican National Convention because North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper refused to guarantee that coronavirus restrictions wouldn’t affect the party’s nominating convention.

Spain reports no deaths in a 24-hour period from the new coronavirus for the first time since March.

The Congressional Budget Office says U.S. economy could be $15.7 trillion smaller over the next decade than it otherwise would have been if Congress does not mitigate the economic damage from the coronavirus.

Russia records more than 400,000 total coronavirus infections — with only Brazil and the U.S. recording more — as the epidemic grows in regions outside of Moscow.

Gilead Sciences Inc. says its antiviral drug remdesivir has shown improvement in patients with moderate COVID-19 in a late-stage study.

Eli Lilly starts the first COVID-19 antibody treatment trials in humans. The treatment uses what are known as monoclonal antibodies made from people who were sick with the coronavirus. They are meant to work as natural antibodies do in the body by blocking the virus.

As thousands of Americans gather in cities across the country to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, infectious disease experts worry that the large crowds and lack of social distancing could cause catastrophic setbacks for controlling the spread of the coronavirus.

Global coronavirus cases surpasses 6 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data, as the death toll worldwide nears 370,000.

Florida reports more than 2,100 positive coronavirus cases in two days, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 55,424. The state’s death toll as a result of the virus is 2,447.

South Korea reports 27 new cases, 21 of which were recorded in the densely-populated Seoul metropolitan area where officials have been working to stem transmissions linked to nightclub-goers and warehouse workers.

The EU calls on the U.S. to reconsider the decision to sever ties with the WHO over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says that all of the city’s COVID-19 testing centers were closed as of 3 p.m. local time due to protests in the city.

The CDC reports that the coronavirus began quietly spreading in the U.S. as early as late January — before POTUS blocked air travel from China and a full month before community spread was first detected in the country.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces New York City is on track to begin Phase I reopening on June 8.

POTUS announces that the US is “terminating” its relationship with the WHO, saying the agency has not made coronavirus reforms.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announces that he will be signing an executive order allowing child care services, non-contact organized sports, and youth day camps to resume over the next several weeks. Child care centers will be able to reopen on June 15, non-contact sport activities can restart on June 22, and summer programs can begin on July 6.

Data released by the Department of Labor shows that more than 2.1 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, the 10th straight week that jobless claims have been in the millions.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces that he is signing an executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to people who do not wear a mask or face covering.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces that the city will begin reopening on June 3. Child care centers, libraries, hotels, hair salons and barber shops, dentist offices and other health care centers and non-essential retail businesses will be among those allowed to open as long as safety guidelines are followed. Restaurants and coffee shops will be open for outdoor dining only.

The Boston Athletic Association announces that the Boston Marathon will be held as a virtual event this year.

The United Nations confirms that its annual climate summit, COP 26, will be pushed back to November 2021.

South Korea reports its biggest spike in cases in more than 50 days, marking a setback after the country won praise for initially bringing its epidemic under control. The resurgent spike of 79 new cases is linked to workers at a massive logistics warehouse in Seoul, operated by a local e-commerce giant.

The WHO announces the creation of a foundation for new sources of funding, which would ease a potential financial shortage and that funds will go towards all of the agency’s projects, including vaccine research and preparing for future pandemics.

The Texas Supreme Court blocks an effort by Democrats in the state to expand voting by mail, ruling that lack of immunity to COVID-19 does not qualify a person to apply for a mail-in ballot.

More than 2 million students return to school in South Korea, as the country records the highest number of new infections in more than a month.

Boeing announces plans to lay off 6,770 workers.

A large federal trial of remdesivir enters its next phase to test the effects of combining the antiviral drug with a pill to bring down inflammation.

The Walt Disney Company announces plans to begin a phased reopening of some of its Orlando, Florida, parks. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are planning to open July 11. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are set to open July 15.

The United States surpasses 100,000 coronavirus deaths.

The New York Stock Exchange’s famous trading floor partially reopens.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announces that professional sports teams in the state will be allowed to practice and play in games or matches.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says Virginians will be required to wear face coverings “inside at a public place,” beginning on May 29.

The CDC reports that more than 62,000 doctors, nurses and other health care providers on the front lines of the U.S.’s COVID-19 crisis have been infected, and at least 291 have died.

California gives the green light for hair salons and barber shops to reopen in parts of the state that are seeing fewer coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says customers will be welcomed back inside retail businesses, and houses of worship can resume in-person services.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez says the city will allow dine-in eating to resume at restaurants, but with restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

The WHO says the Americas have emerged as the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide passes the 5.5 million mark.

The United States bar arrivals from Brazil, the country with the second-highest number of cases in the world after the U.S.

The WHO announces that it is suspending a trial of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19, saying fears of the drug’s potential danger is causing it to “err on the side of caution.”

The NHL announces plans to allow small groups of players, no more than six, to gather for workouts in early June, with an eye toward restarting play and resuming its coronavirus-halted season.

A second person in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody dies from COVID-19 complications.

The WHO warns that countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak.

California’s state health department announces that counties can reopen places of worship for religious services, with restrictions that include limiting gatherings to 100 people or less.

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that following an investigation of the animals at the Wuhan Seafood Market — where the first cases of COVID-19 were initially reported — it has ruled the site out as the origin of the outbreak.

POTUS threatens to move the RNC from Charlotte, North Carolina, if there is a chance the venue might not be filled later this summer due to virus-related restrictions.

President Trump said he had “just finished” taking a two-week course of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, the medication he has vigorously promoted as a preventative or curative treatment for coronavirus, even as evidence piles up that the drug may cause more harm than good.

Chinese authorities report zero new infections of coronavirus for the first time since they began reporting data in January

The number of deaths linked to the coronavirus surpass 2,000 in Los Angeles County

Amazon confirms that another warehouse worker has died from COVID-19, bringing the total known deaths to eight employees

Confirmed cases in Pennsylvania surpass 65,000, as the state’s death toll rises to 4,869

Global coronavirus cases reach 5 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. The United States, Russia and Brazil stand as the countries with the highest number of infections

Another 2.44 million Americans filed for initial unemployment benefits the week before, bringing the total number of people who lost their job so far during the coronavirus pandemic to almost 40 million

POTUS announces on Twitter that about $300 million is heading to New York’s struggling Metropolitan Transit Authority, part of the $3.9 billion that’s been allocated for New York under coronavirus stimulus legislation passed by Congress

British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca receives more than $1 billion in funding from the U.S. Health Department’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to develop a coronavirus vaccine in collaboration with the University of Oxford

The U.S. National Park Service announce Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim will be open to the public starting May 22 to May 25 for “limited entry and recreational access,” following guidance from the White House, CDC, and state and local public health authorities

Wuhan implements a five-year ban on the trade of illegal wildlife and the consumption of wild animals

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says he agrees that the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics will have to be cancelled if the Games cannot take place in summer 2021

Hundreds of people protest Michigan’s stay-at-home order by getting free haircuts outside of the state Capitol in Lansing

More than 100,000 cases reported to the World Health Organization in 24 hours. The announcement comes as the total number of coronavirus cases worldwide near 5 million

President Trump threatens to withhold federal funding for Michigan and Nevada over their pursuit of mass mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic

Connecticut’s statewide stay-at-home order expires, meaning all 50 states are beginning to lift some lockdown measures imposed to suppress the coronavirus pandemic

Weeks after a draft of guidelines for reopening businesses across the U.S. were leaked from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the final plans were released. The 60-page guidelines includes details about what child care facilities, schools, restaurants and businesses need to do to keep people safe

The State Department announces that the U.S. government has pledged an additional $162 million in foreign aid to fight the coronavirus, bringing the total to more than $1 billion

State officials said New York City’s low-income neighborhoods with large minority populations have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic

CDC officials announce the agency is planning a nationwide study of up to 325,000 people in 25 metropolitan areas to track how the coronavirus is spreading across the country. The study is expected to launch in June or July

Florida reports more than 500 new cases of COVID-19 and 54 additional deaths in the past day, bringing the statewide number of confirmed cases to nearly 47,000 and the death toll to 2,052

A federal judge rules that Texas voters afraid of contracting the coronavirus can cast their ballots by mail in upcoming elections

Los Angeles officials announce they are aiming to reopen the country’s most populous county on July 4

The U.S., Canada, and Mexico extend their agreements to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential travel until June 21

Unemployment claims in the UK jump from 856,000 people to 2.1 million

Pier 1 Imports announces it is seeking bankruptcy court approval to wind down its business after it was not able to find a buyer due to the coronavirus pandemic

The Trump administration signs a $354 million contract with Phlow Corp., a generic drug maker based in Virginia, that would create the nation’s first strategic stockpile of key ingredients needed to make medicines

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announces that restrictions will be relaxed in Virginia Beach ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Beaches will be allowed to open under modified conditions including sunbathing and surfing

More than 130,000 autoworkers return to factories across the U.S. for the first time in nearly two months, in one of the biggest steps yet to restart American industry

President Trump states he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, an unproven treatment for COVID-19 that he has vigorously promoted

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announces that if coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to decline in the state, professional sports may be given the green light to return as soon as June

China pledges $2 billion at the WHO’s assembly to aid “economic and social development” in developing countries hit badly by COVID-19. During the virtual summit, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar blamed the WHO for a failed response to the pandemic that “cost many lives.”

A COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by Moderna shows it can prompt an immune response in the human body, and is also found to be safe and well-tolerated in a small group of patients

Japan’s economic growth plunges into recession in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic squelches production, exports and spending. The country’s Cabinet Office reported a drop of 3.4% annual pace in seasonally adjusted real GDP, the total value of a nation’s goods and services, for the January-March period, compared to the previous quarter

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott eases more restrictions on restaurants and announces that he will allow summer school as soon as June 1

POTUS threatens to make the freeze on U.S. funding for the World Health Organization permanent

Former U.S. President Barack Obama criticizes the country’s leaders for their handling of the coronavirus response in an online commencement address

The number of coronavirus deaths in the United States surpasses 90,000. Confirmed cases in the country also rise to nearly 1.5 million

China reports five new cases of the virus, as the commercial hub of Shanghai announces the reopening of some schools and airlines revived flights

New Orleans begins loosening two months of restrictions on businesses, restaurants and houses of worship. The city is restricting buildings to 25% of capacity and require restaurants, nail salons and other businesses to only take customers by reservation. Malls and retail stores could reopen, but casinos, video poker, live entertainment and bars remain closed

Mexico reports 47,144 cases of coronavirus, with the country’s death toll rising to 5,045

Brazil’s confirmed coronavirus cases surpass those of Spain and Italy, making Brazil’s outbreak the fourth largest in the world. Brazil’s Health Ministry registers 14,919 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 233,142, behind only the U.S., Russia and the U.K.

The U.N. predicts pandemic will shrink world economy by 3.2% this year, the sharpest contraction since the Great Depression in the 1930s, pushing an estimated 34.3 million people into extreme poverty

Chinese city of Jilin imposes travel restrictions, closes off residential areas and bans gatherings after a number of coronavirus cases are confirmed

The US reports more than 80,000 COVID-19 deaths. Meanwhile, China’s health authority says the reappearance of local clusters of coronavirus cases in recent days suggests that counter-coronavirus measures cannot be relaxed yet.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces a cautious easing of the country’s lockdown, encouraging those who cannot work from home to go back to their workplaces and allowing people to go out for unlimited exercise.

China and South Korea report new spikes in coronavirus cases, with Seoul recording 34 new cases – its biggest single-day jump in about a month.

Globally, a total of about 279,000 have died from COVID-19, amid more than four million infections. About 1.3 million people have recovered.

Seoul shuts down more than 2,100 nightclubs, hostess bars and discos after dozens of coronavirus infections were linked to club goers who went out last weekend as the country relaxed physical distancing guidelines.

The number of new coronavirus cases surpasses 4 million worldwide, while the death toll surpasses 277,000 people.

Around 3 million more workers filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, down slightly from 3.8 million the previous week.

Neiman Marcus files for bankruptcy protection, the second major retailer after J.Crew to seek reorganization this week as the industry buckles under widespread store closures.

WHO warns of the risks of returning to lockdown if countries emerging from pandemic restrictions do not manage transitions “extremely carefully and in a phased approach”.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announces he will relax some rules put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, allowing curbside retail and opening hiking trails, but also says travelers at LAX will be required to wear masks.

One of the president’s personal valets at the White House tests positive for the coronavirus.

World leaders pledge $8 billion for a vaccine, but not the U.S.

China reports just one new infection and no deaths for the fifth day in a row

China’s province of Hubei, where the coronavirus was first detected, lowers its emergency response level from the highest to the second-highest

Spain’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 25,000. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country also rose to 216,582

Protesters carry guns and at least one Confederate flag to the Kentucky Capitol to rally against Gov. Andy Beshear’s stay-at-home order and his phased approach to gradually reopening the economy. Similar protests are also held in Ohio.

Target, Whole Foods, Amazon, Instacart, FedEx and Walmart employees stage “sickout” protests over coronavirus safety on International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces that all schools and colleges in the state will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year

The F.D.A. authorizes emergency use of an antiviral drug, remdesivir, as a treatment for COVID-19

The NBA postpones its draft lottery because of the coronavirus pandemic. No new dates are set.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee extends the state’s stay at home order through May 31, but also outlines how the state may allow some businesses to reopen

The W.H.O. extends its declaration of a global public health emergency

U.S. Unemployment claims reach 30 million

Hundreds of Michigan residents protest outside the state Capitol building, with some pushing inside while the Legislature was debating state of emergency extension

Airlines announce rules requiring face masks

U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 1 million, a third of all global infections, while death toll exceeds 57,000

Total number of global coronavirus cases reaches 3 million

The CDC expands list of recognized COVID-19 symptoms to include chills, repeating shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and loss of taste and smell

Tyson Foods publishes full-page ad in The NYT and WaPo that “millions of pounds of meat” will disappear from national supply chain as COVID-19 forces processing plants to close

China reports no new coronavirus deaths for the 10th consecutive day

China announces no remaining coronavirus cases in Wuhan hospitals

Lysol manufacturer issues statement warning against internal use of its products

Number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths surpasses 50,000

POTUS signs nearly $500 billion interim coronavirus bill that includes additional money for the small-business loan program, as well as more funding for hospitals and testing

Hundreds of Amazon tech and fulfillment center employees call out sick, rallying virtually to protest what they say are unsafe and unethical working conditions

POTUS suggests exploring disinfectants as possible treatment for COVID-19–a dangerous proposition

NYC deaths surpass 15,000

Unemployment Reaches 26 Million

The House passes a nearly $500 billion interim coronavirus bill that includes additional money for the small-business loan program, as well as for hospitals and testing

Since the start of the pandemic, 26 million+ U.S. citizens have requested unemployment benefits

State and local governments facing dire financial straits due to pandemic will have to wait until at least May before Congress considers further relief

Tyson Foods suspend operations at an Iowa plant critical to the U.S. pork supply but had been devastated by COVID-19 outbreak.

Known global infections surpass 2.5 million

Officials in Silicon Valley report two virus-related deaths that predate a Washington state fatality previously believed to be the first victim of COVID-19 in the U.S.

Oil prices plunge into negative territory as global demand plummets

POTUS says he is temporarily suspending immigration to the U.S. in response to the pandemic and the “need to protect jobs.

700,000+ people in the U.S. have tested positive for coronavirus. The U.S. leads globally in reported deaths with 36,734.

Comic-Con 2020 canceled for the first time in 50 years

Health officials in New York City estimate that coronavirus death toll has surpassed 12,000. The city’s death toll jumped in recent days as a result of the inclusion of “probable” fatalities in daily tallies.

About 5 million more people filed for first-time unemployment claims in the week ending 4/11, as the job market in every sector of the economy continues to be devastated

The small business loan program runs out of money for the Paycheck Protection Program.

Seven midwestern governors announce they are forming a regional pact to reopen their economies

POTUS announces new federal guidelines for reopening the U.S. that puts the onus on governors for making decisions about their own state economies.

Total number of global cases surpasses 2,000,000

POTUS announces plans to halt funding for the World Health Organization, accusing the agency of “severely mismanaging and covering up” the coronavirus crisis.

POTUS orders halt on $400m in funding for WHO.

Boris Johnson released from hospital

Number of Amaericans that file for unemployment since mid-March hits 22 Million

Number of US deaths reach 20.071, surpassing Italy’s toll of 19.468. Cases top 519,000

Global death toll surpasses 100,000

Roughly 95% of all Americans are under lockdown, as 42 states issue stay-at-home orders

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved into ICU after showing persistent symptoms, 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

World passes 1,000,000 COVID-19 infections

UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the coronavirus pandemic presents the world with its “worst crisis” since World War II as the global total of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached one million and the worldwide death toll topped 50,000.

More than 1/3 of humanity is under some form of lockdown

Number of deaths in the US (3400) from coronavirus surpassed those reported by China (3309), where the pandemic began in December, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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President Trump extended federal guidelines on social distancing until April 30 after a top health official warned between 100,000 to 200,000 people could die from coronavirus in the United States.

The US accounted for the highest number of coronavirus infections in the world, recording more than 124,000 cases. The death toll in the country surged past 2,000, more than double the figure two days ago.

Number of cases worldwide surpassed 600,000, with more than 27,000 deaths.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed to have COVID-19

Globally, authorities report more than 558,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with about 431,000 being active and ongoing cases, roughly 128,000 recoveries, and 25,251 deaths.

The United States House of Representatives pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act via voice vote, and was signed by Donald Trump afterwards.

Total confirmed cases in the US reach 82,404 — the highest in the world — surpassing China’s 81,782 and Italy’s 80,589

Roughly 1 in 2 Americans go on lockdown as 22 states issue stay-at-home orders.

The White House and Senate leaders reach an agreement on a $2 trillion stimulus deal to offset the economic damage of coronavirus, producing one of the most expensive and far-reaching measures in the history of Congress.

The Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021.

India, a country of 1.3 billion, announces a 21-day lockdown.

Delaware Gov John Carney issues statewide stay-at-home order until May 15 or until “public health threat is eliminated”

New York City confirms 21,000 cases, making it the biggest epicenter of the outbreak in the US.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issues emergency order requiring all non-essential service businesses/orgs to close physical workplaces but work remotely. Limits gatherings to 10 people.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issues stay-at-home order until April 12

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb issues stay-at-home order until April 6

Connecticut’s “stay safe, stay at home” policy goes into effect

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issues stay-at-home order for entire state until April 7

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom first governor in US to set mandatory stay-at-home restrictions

White House advises public to avoid groups of more than 10, asks people to stay away from bars and restaurants

Financial markets in U.S. briefly stopped after stocks plunged sharply minutes into the session — the third trading halt this month

The CDC recommends organizers cancel or postpone events with 50 people or more for 8 weeks

Fed slashes interest rates to near zero to prop up economy during coronavirus pandemic

New York reports first 2 corona virus deaths

US implements more measures to contain spread (Some states, like Seattle and Ohio, have closed schools. Hospitals nationally are setting up tents to cater to increasing inflow of patients. In Hawaii, urgent care clinics are offering drive-through testing.)

Texas declares state of emergency

South Carolina declares state of emergency

New Hampshire declares state of emergency

Alabama declares state of emergency

National emergency declared

Actor Tom Hanks and wife test positive

Tennessee declares state of emergency

Wisconsin declares state of emergency

Kansas declares state of emergency

Nevada declares state of emergency

Montana declares state of emergency

Delaware declares state of emergency

Virginia declares state of emergency

Arkansas declares state of emergency

Louisiana declares state of emergency

Arizona declares state of emergency

US restricts travel from Europe for 30 days

The Dow — already deep in the red for the day — tumbled nearly 1,500 points after the WHO announcement. It closed at 23,553, a nearly 6 percent decline on the day. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index flirted with bear territory before closing just above the mark at 2,741, a 4.9 percent fall for the session. The Nasdaq composite tumbled 4.7 percent to 7,952. All three indexes are in negative territory for the year.

WHO declares COVID-19 as pandemic

Connecticut declares state of emergency

Michigan declares state of emergency

North Carolina declares state of emergency

Massachusetts declares state of emergency

Colorado declares state of emergency

Ohio declares state of emergency

Iowa declares state of emergency

New Jersey declares state of emergency

Illinois declares state of emergency

US Army restricted travel to and from Italy and South Korea

According to health officials, Grand Princess cruise will be allowed to dock at a terminal near Oakland, where passengers will disembark. The passengers will be sent for quarantine elsewhere in California

Oregon declares state of emergency

Florida declares level 2 state of emergency

New York declares state of emergency

SXSW canceled

Pennsylvania declares state of emergency

Indiana declares state of emergency

Kentucky declares state of emergency

The US recorded a sharp rise of nearly 100 cases in 24 hours to total 329. Coronavirus-related deaths in the country stand at 17.

The Congress passed an $8.3bn emergency spending bill to fight the outbreak, which has now spread to at least 14 states. President Trump is yet to sign the bill.

Maryland declares state of emergency

California reports first coronavirus death

California announces state of emergency

Widespread COVID-19 testing approved by US officials

Washington reports first coronavirus death

Washington Declares State of Emergency

First US coronavirus death

Travel restrictions on South Korea, Iran and Italy

US confirms first case of unknown source

DOW plummets 1000 points lower

A new case is reported in Humboldt County, California, increasing the number of cases in the country to 16.

Quarantine orders lifted for hundreds of people being housed at 2 California bases

Americans aboard the infected cruise ship evacuated/ land.

Fourteen evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan were allowed to fly back to the United States Sunday despite testing positive for coronavirus

Facebook, IBM cancel conference plans over coronavirus fears at Global Marketing Summit

The largest global mobile event, Mobile World Congress cancelled (Facebook, Amazon, Sony, Nokia and LG pull out of event)

WHO gives name to new coronavirus disease: COVID-19

Quarantine ends for all 195 coronavirus evacuees at California Air Force base

Americans evacuated from the Hubei province in China

Travel to China restricted

World Health Organization (WHO) declares global health emergency

First confirmed US case (Washington)