The first case of coronavirus is identified in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province, China. It is believed that the disease may originate from a “wet” market, where live wild animals are sold for meat.
January the 21st
Coronavirus begins to appear on UK news agenda as number of infections increases in China
British authorities are starting to worry about the threat and health officials are joining forces with border officials to find 2,000 people recently arrived in the UK from Hubei province.
Britons returning from Wuhan, affected by a coronavirus, to China, are told they will be quarantined for 14 days.
The coronavirus epidemic has been declared an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization.
Two members of the same family tested positive for coronavirus in England and were treated at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. More than 80 Britons are evacuated from Wuhan by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and placed in quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral.
The UK government is funding a nationwide advertising campaign urging the public to wash their hands thoroughly and use tissues to help contain the spread of the disease. Meanwhile, 11 other British evacuees from China land in the United Kingdom and are sent to Arrowe Park.
The government is announcing funding of £ 20 million for vaccine research.
The cruise ship Diamond Princess is quarantined off the coast of Japan with 3,700 people on board, including more than 100 British citizens due to an epidemic of coronavirus. Britons from mainland China are invited to leave if they can by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Hospitals are invited to create emergency assessment modules for coronaviruses.
A third person in the UK tested positive for coronavirus after contracting it in Singapore and was treated at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital in London.
Five Britons test positive for the coronavirus in France after coming into contact with the third case to be diagnosed in a ski resort.
A final British government chartered flight bringing back about 150 British citizens from Wuhan, affected by a coronavirus, lands and the passengers are quarantined at a facility in Milton Keynes.
The government declares the coronavirus “a serious and imminent threat to public health” and gives itself the power to quarantine people.
The number of cases in the UK has reached eight.
The coronavirus is officially named Covid-19.
A repatriation flight carrying 32 British and European evacuees from the Diamond Princess lands – and the passengers are transported to Arrowe Park Hospital for quarantine.
The first case of coronavirus is recorded in Northern Ireland.
The first case of coronavirus is reported in Wales. A Briton previously quarantined on the Diamond Princess becomes the first British citizen to die from Covid-19.
The first case of coronavirus is confirmed in the Republic of Ireland.
Scotland confirms its first case of coronavirus.
3rd of March
The British government unveils a national plan to fight coronaviruses, including emergency plans to help the police if “a significant number” of the disease is lost. He predicts that in a “stretch scenario”, up to one-fifth of employees may be absent from work during peak weeks.
The first patient dies in the UK when the number of cases reaches 90. The patient, in her 60s, died at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. A second person, an 80-year-old man, died the next day.
206 cases are now registered in the United Kingdom.
The Covid-19 epidemic has been declared a pandemic by the WHO.
12th of March
The EU and the UK are dropping face-to-face discussions on a post-Brexit trade deal due to the risk posed by the coronavirus. Thousands of people are believed to be infected with the virus in Britain.
First coronavirus patient dies in Scotland. High-level football competitions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are suspended. European countries, including Austria, Portugal, France, Denmark and Norway, are beginning to ban public gatherings and close schools as the death toll increases.
A newborn baby tests positive for coronavirus in London.
Number 10 announces daily press briefings on the progress of the pandemic. The Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to more than 30 countries
A patient in his sixties becomes the first death in Wales. Imperial College scientists warn the government that about 250,000 people will die in Britain unless tougher measures are taken to protect people.
the 17th of March
Parliament stops all non-essential public access. Public worship suspended by the Church of England. Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils a £ 330 billion package to help businesses. The Scottish government announces a £ 350 million support fund to help those who have remained in difficulty following the coronavirus epidemic. Schools, nurseries and colleges are to close from the end of March 20 until further notice.
The Queen moved early to Windsor Castle to start the Easter court and would likely stay there for the duration of the pandemic. Boris Johnson says the tide can be activated against coronaviruses within 12 weeks.
Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon order the closure of pubs and restaurants across the UK. Rishi Sunak announces a multi-billion pound package to prevent mass layoffs and improve the welfare system.
The British public is aware that starting this evening they will be allowed to leave their homes only for limited reasons, including buying food, exercising once a day, medical needs and traveling for work when absolutely necessary. All stores selling non-essential items must close, gatherings of more than two people in public are prohibited, all events, including weddings but excluding funerals, are canceled. Foreign Minister Dominic Raab tells Britons traveling abroad to go home as long as they can.
A new program is launched to recruit volunteers to help the NHS – initially the target is 250,000, but more than half a million apply in just two days. A new field hospital called Nightingale Hospital with a capacity of 4,000 people is being prepared at the Excel Center, said Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
The Prince of Wales is positive for coronavirus but displays only “mild symptoms”. Many Scots condemn the king for defying government rules by leaving his main residence in London to go to Balmoral in rural Aberdeenshire. The fact that the Prince is tested by the NHS Grampian with only mild symptoms while NHS staff are not tested is also controversial.
The first Scottish victim to be named is Danny Cairns, 68, of Greenock, who had no underlying health problems. An 84-year-old man becomes the first inmate to die in Covid-19 prison. The UK is becoming the largest contributor to the search for a coronavirus vaccine, pledging £ 210 million in financial aid. A support program for the self-employed is announced – covering on average 80% of income over the past three years.
Boris Johnson and Secretary of Health Matt Hancock are positive for Covid-19, while England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty says he has symptoms of the disease and self-isolates.
In the UK, coronavirus deaths reach 1,019, an increase of 260 in 24 hours. In Scotland, 40 people died from the virus. The number of infections reaches around 600,000 worldwide. An NHS chief said the UK “would do well” to suffer only 20,000 deaths during the pandemic. In Italy, the death toll exceeds 10,000, while the most affected country in the world reveals that 10,023 people have died.
Another coronavirus patient in Scotland died, bringing the total number of deaths to 41. A total of 1,384 people in Scotland tested positive for the virus. Greater Glasgow and Clyde have the most cases with 401, followed by Lothian with 188 and Lanarkshire with 184. Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon is launching a Scotland Cares volunteer program to help fight coronaviruses.
A 13-year-old boy turns out to be the young British victim of the pandemic. Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, of Brixton, London, died in hospital on Monday morning. The teenager, who had no apparent underlying medical condition, was described as a “sweet and kind” boy with a “comforting” smile.
First of April
The UK has the highest number of day-long deaths since the start of the epidemic, with 563 people dying after being tested positive for the virus. The total death toll rose from 1,789 to 2,352. The Scottish death toll increased from 16 to 76.
126 people died in Scotland – an increase of 50 Scottish. However, Nicola Sturgeon says 40 of the 50 deaths have occurred earlier than the past 24 hours, but have just been reported to the government. Deaths in the UK jumped 569 to 2,352, the largest daily increase to date. Meanwhile, British government sources say April 12 will likely be the worst day for deaths according to current projections and that the best scenario would be for Britain to keep the number of Covid-19 deaths below 20. 000 during the crisis.
The United Kingdom overtakes China in the gloomy global toll of coronavirus victims. The latest figures show that the total number of deaths in the UK stands at 3,605 Thursday at 5 p.m. This follows the biggest day-long jump recorded so far, with 684 new cases.
A five-year-old child becomes the youngest British victim of the pandemic as 637 other people die, bringing the British total to 4,313.