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World Timeline: Wuhan, one year after coronavirus lockdown

04:55  18 january  2021
04:55  18 january  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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China locked down the central city of Wuhan a year ago at the start of the Lunar New Year , the country's biggest holiday, as it battled to contain the China Daily via REUTERS/File Photo. Following is a timeline of key events since the first cases of the virus were detected in the city of 11 million

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(Reuters) - China locked down the central city of Wuhan a year ago at the start of the Lunar New Year, the country's biggest holiday, as it battled to contain the spread of a novel coronavirus.

a group of people in a room: FILE PHOTO: 1st anniversary of the Wuhan lockdown © Reuters/China Daily CDIC FILE PHOTO: 1st anniversary of the Wuhan lockdown

Following is a timeline of key events since the first cases of the virus were detected in the city of 11 million residents in Hubei province.

a group of people posing for the camera: FILE PHOTO: 1st anniversary of the Wuhan lockdown © Reuters/China Daily CDIC FILE PHOTO: 1st anniversary of the Wuhan lockdown

Dec. 31, 2019: China alerts the World Health Organization (WHO) of 27 cases of "viral pneumonia" in Wuhan. Authorities shut down a wet market in the city the next day, after discovering some patients were vendors or dealers.

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a street scene with focus on the side of a road: FILE PHOTO: 1st anniversary of the Wuhan lockdown © Reuters/China Daily CDIC FILE PHOTO: 1st anniversary of the Wuhan lockdown

Jan. 11, 2020: China reports 61-year-old man dies of the viral illness. Preliminary lab tests cited by Chinese state media point to a new type of coronavirus.

Jan. 20: China confirms person-to-person spread after medical staff are infected.

Jan. 23: China locks down millions of people in Wuhan city and Hubei province as the death toll rises to 18.

Jan. 24-25: More medical professionals are sent to Wuhan to help treat patients as fatalities rise to 56.

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Jan. 25: China bans wildlife trade after the virus was traced to a Wuhan animal market. The Lunar New Year holiday is extended for workers and schools.

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Feb. 4: The city's first makeshift hospital, Huoshenshan - built from scratch in just eight days - starts to receive patients.

Feb. 7: Chinese ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, who had been reprimanded for issuing an early warning about the Wuhan outbreak, dies, triggering wide public mourning and rare expressions of anger against the government.

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Feb. 16: 25-member China-WHO team begins nine-day field tripin China.

Feb. 22: Team arrives in Wuhan and learn about epidemic control measures and medical treatments.

March 10: Chinese President Xi Jinping makes first visit to Wuhan since the outbreak. Wuhan shuts last of 14 makeshift hospitals.

March 18: Wuhan registers zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases and authorities begin to gradually withdraw medical workers from Hubei province.

April 8: Wuhan begins allowing people to leave the city for the first time since the crisis, officially ending the lockdown.

May 13: Authorities in Wuhan launch campaign to test all of its residents after a cluster of new cases raises fears of a second wave of infections.

Dec. 18: WHO says it will send a team of 10 scientists toWuhan next month.

Jan. 14, 2021: The WHO team arrives in Wuhan, as China ramps up efforts to contain a resurgence of COVID-19 infections in its northeast.

(Compiled by Jacqueline Wong; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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