On January 1, 2020, the WHO asked China about the mysterious illness in Wuhan.
However, China confirmed the disease two days later and took another 6 days to reveal it was a new coronavirus.
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China failed to contain the coronavirus and it spread across the world in the weeks and months that followed.
In March 2020, Europe was named the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The UK was put on lockdown in March to protect the NHS from being overwhelmed by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Currently Britain has the tenth highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.
Globally, there have been over 16.5 million cases of COVID-19.
The death toll has reached over 650,000 people.
More than 10,000,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the world.
The United States has the most COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 4.3 million.