Special Report

These 46 Critical Days Defined Our Year of Living in a Pandemic

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Mar 11: WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic

The WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic. The organization made the assessment after two weeks during which the number of new COVID-19 cases outside mainland China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled.

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Mar 13: Trump declares national emergency

President Donald Trump declares a national emergency to “unleash the full power of the federal government” in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic as cases across the U.S. increase.

Mar 17: Coronavirus now present in all 50 states

West Virginia is the last state to report a case of the novel coronavirus.

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Mar 17: EU closes its borders to all nonessential travel

The 26 countries of the European Union, home to over 400 million people, announce a coordinated ban on all nonessential travel from non-member countries for 30 days. The U.K., which is no longer part of the EU, does not take part in the ban.

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Mar 19: Italy’s death toll surpasses China’s

Italy’s death toll from COVID-19 reaches 4,032 as the country becomes the first to surpass China in number of deaths. Italy reports 627 people died of the disease on March 19. In China, 3,249 people have died from COVID-19 by March 19.