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Covid-19 Timeline: From Oldest

The timeline below provides a brief visual overview some of the developments in both Bermuda and around the world, beginning with the detection of a pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, China. It is in no way indicative of all developments, and is a work in progress, and will be updated as time passes. For ease of reading, it is colour coded – international updates are in blue, and Bermuda-specific updates are in pink. You can also see a global timeline, which updates daily here. For a look at the same timeline providing entries in the opposite course of time – showing the latest entries first – click here.

Covid-19

2019
Dec 31

Pneumonia of Unknown Cause

Pneumonia of Unknown Cause

A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the World Health Organization [WHO] on 31 December 2019. This would eventually be known as Covid-19.

2020
Jan 11

China Reports The First Death Caused By Covid-19

China Reports The First Death Caused By Covid-19

China reported their first known death from an illness caused by the coronavirus. The patient was a 61-year-old man in Wuhan.

Jan 20

WHO Announce First Confirmed Cases Outside China

WHO Announce First Confirmed Cases Outside China

A World Health Organization situation report detailed the first confirmed cases outside China – in Thailand, Japan and South Korea.

Jan 21

First Coronavirus Case In The USA

First Coronavirus Case In The USA

The United States announced its first confirmed coronavirus case — a man from Washington state who has recently returned from Wuhan, China.

Jan 27

Bermuda Govt Raises Local Threat Level To ‘Elevated’

Bermuda Govt Raises Local Threat Level To ‘Elevated’

Bermuda’s Ministry of Health raised the local threat level from ‘Guarded’ to ‘Elevated” and confirmed that they “are in a state of heightened preparedness for a Public Health Emergency.”

Jan 30

WHO Declares Coronavirus A ‘Health Emergency’

WHO Declares Coronavirus A ‘Health Emergency’

The World Health Organization [WHO] has declared the new coronavirus outbreak to be a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

Feb 11

Who Officially Names The Disease Covid-19

Who Officially Names The Disease Covid-19

The World Health Organization says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-19.

Mar 04

Person Arrives, Later Confirmed To One Of Two First Cases

Person Arrives, Later Confirmed To One Of Two First Cases

One of the first two individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 arrived via AA308 from the USA on March 4. The second person arrived via BA2233 from the UK on March 6.

Mar 11

WHO Declares Coronavirus A Pandemic

WHO Declares Coronavirus A Pandemic

The World Health Organization declares the novel coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic.

Mar 12

Bermuda Ban Travelers From China, Iran, Italy, Korea

Bermuda Ban Travelers From China, Iran, Italy, Korea

Government instated a “travel ban disallowing entry to visitors travelling from the four countries where there is sustained community spread of COVID-19: China, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea: Daegu or Cheongdo.”

Mar 13

US President Declares National Emergency

US President Declares National Emergency

US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to help handle the growing outbreak of coronavirus in the USA.

Mar 16

Bermuda Moves To Raise Debt Ceiling By $150M

Bermuda Moves To Raise Debt Ceiling By $150M

Due to the expected impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Government moved to secure emergency liquidity lines of credit, including an associated $150 million increase in the debt ceiling.

Mar 16

Canada Close Borders To Non Citizens

Canada Close Borders To Non Citizens

Canada announce plans to close the border to noncitizens, as the country’s number of confirmed cases rose to over 300. The border restrictions include some exceptions, including for U.S. citizens and air crews.

Mar 17

Permit To Be Revoked If Worker Violates Order

Permit To Be Revoked If Worker Violates Order

Government notes that individuals, including guest workers, arriving into Bermuda are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and “any guest worker found to be violating the self-quarantine order will immediately have their work permit revoked.”

Mar 17

Self-Quarantine Required For Arriving Passengers

Self-Quarantine Required For Arriving Passengers

All persons arriving into Bermuda are required to self-quarantine for 14 days

Mar 18

Bermuda Hospital Suspends Elective Surgeries

Bermuda Hospital Suspends Elective Surgeries

As a precautionary measure, Bermuda’s hospital suspended elective surgeries from March 18th onwards, in order to start cross-training and upskilling staff, as well as increasing bed capacity.

Mar 18

First Cases Of Covid-19 In Bermuda Confirmed

Premier David Burt announces that the first diagnosed cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Bermuda, with two residents, who recently traveled home from the UK and USA, confirmed to have Covid-19.

Mar 18

Bermuda Announce Major Closures: Schools, Airport, Buses & More

Bermuda Announce Major Closures: Schools, Airport, Buses & More

Following the first two confirmed cases in Bermuda, major closures are announced, with Government stating that the airport will close for incoming passenger flights for two weeks, schools will close, and public bus and ferry services are suspended.

Mar 19

USA Issue ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory

USA Issue ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory

The U.S. State Department raised the global travel advisory to the highest tier – Level 4: Do Not Travel – and advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel, adding that U.S. citizens should arrange for immediate return to the United States.

Mar 19

Italy’s Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses China

Italy’s Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses China

Italy surpassed China as the country with the most coronavirus-related deaths, registering 3,405 fatalities.

Mar 20

Worldwide Death Toll Surpasses 10,000

Worldwide Death Toll Surpasses 10,000

As the Covid-19 coronavirus continues to spread around the world, the official death toll surges past 10,000, with over 1/4 million confirmed cases in over 175 countries, areas or territories.

Mar 20

On-Island Testing For Covid-19 Underway

On-Island Testing For Covid-19 Underway

Premier announces that on-island testing for Covid-19 has commenced, with 150 tests on island, and 800 more tests expected to arrive over the next two weeks.

Mar 21

Govt Issues Closure Notice For Specific Establishments

Govt Issues Closure Notice For Specific Establishments

Government is reminding people that a closure notices for specific types of establishments has been issued, and “failure to adhere to the Closure Notice will result in penalties.”

Mar 23

Bermuda Announce Four New Cases- Making A Total Of Six

Premier Burt announced that Bermuda now has six confirmed cases. The four additional cases were a close family contact of a passenger on the BA flight on March 8th, a person who arrived via BA on March 17th, and two people who arrived via a private jet.

Mar 25

Worldwide Death Toll Surpasses 20,000

Worldwide Death Toll Surpasses 20,000

As the Covid-19 coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, the official death toll surpasses 20,000, with Italy and Spain recording the most fatalties.

Mar 25

Bermuda Records 7th Confirmed Case

Bermuda records an additional positive test, making a total of 7 cases in the island. Six were people who recently traveled overseas, and one was a close contact to one of the travelers.

Mar 26

Govt Confirm 8 More Cases, Total Of 15

The Premier confirms eight more people tested positive for Covid-19, making a total of 15 positive tests in the island.

Mar 26

U.S. Has Most Confirmed Cases In The World

U.S. Has Most Confirmed Cases In The World

The United States surpasses all other nations to have the most cases in the world.

Mar 29

Overnight Curfew Takes Effect in Bermuda

Overnight Curfew Takes Effect in Bermuda

An island-wide curfew order takes effect, restricting most residents from going out from 8pm – 6am.

Mar 31

Govt Confirm A Total Of 32 Covid-19 Cases

The Premier confirmed that the island has a total of 32 Covid-19 cases; 10 have recovered and three are in hospital.

Apr 01

State Of Emergency Declared

State Of Emergency Declared

The Premier has asked the Governor to declare a state of emergency and direct that Bermuda’s residents must shelter in place for 14 days.

Apr 02

Over 1 Million Cases Worldwide

Over 1 Million Cases Worldwide

The number of confirmed cases worldwide surpasses one million, with over 50,000 deaths worldwide.

Apr 03

Incoming Passengers Placed In Govt Quarantine Facility For 14 Days

Incoming Passengers Placed In Govt Quarantine Facility For 14 Days

The Government’s Quarantine Order mandates that all persons entering Bermuda from April 3rd will “be placed in quarantine for a period not exceeding 14 days, at a place approved by the Quarantine Authority for the purpose.”

Apr 04

Shelter In Place Comes Into Effect

Shelter In Place Comes Into Effect

The Shelter in Place policy comes into effect, with residents asked not to leave their homes unless for specific purposes such as grocery shopping. It will last for 14 days.

Apr 04

Residents Advised To Use Face Coverings

Residents Advised To Use Face Coverings

The Bermuda Ministry of Health release guidance, advising the “use of simple cloth face coverings to slow of the spread the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.”

Apr 05

Global Death Toll Exceeds Bermuda’s Population

Global Death Toll Exceeds Bermuda’s Population

A sobering and sad statistic, the global death toll from Covid-19 has now exceeded the entire population of Bermuda, with over 65,000 deaths recorded worldwide.

Apr 06

Bermuda Records First Two Covid-19 Deaths

Bermuda Records First Two Covid-19 Deaths

The Premier of Bermuda confirms the sad news that the island has recorded our first two Covid-19 related deaths.

Apr 08

Bermuda Records Third Covid-19 Death

Bermuda Records Third Covid-19 Death

Premier David Burt confirms that another person has died, marking the third Covid-19 related death in Bermuda.

Apr 09

Fourth Covid-19 Death In Bermuda

Premier David Burt confirms that a fourth person has died from Covid-19 in Bermuda.

Apr 10

Worldwide Death Toll Surpasses 100,000

Worldwide Death Toll Surpasses 100,000

With Covid-19 continuing to spread around the world, the official global death toll has now surpassed 100,000 people.

Apr 13

Bermuda Records Fifth Covid-19 Death

The Government confirms that another person has died, bringing Bermuda’s Covid-19 death toll to five.

Apr 15

Govt Confirms 24 New Cases, Total Of 81

Govt Confirms 24 New Cases, Total Of 81

With 24 new cases, the island now has a total of 81, with 23 of the latest positive tests associated with the outbreak at Matilda Smith.

Apr 22

Bermuda Now Has A Total Of 99 Cases

Bermuda Now Has A Total Of 99 Cases

The Government confirmed one more positive test, bringing the total on the island to 99.

Apr 24

Drive-Through Facility Opens At Southside

Drive-Through Facility Opens At Southside

A multi-lane drive-through testing facility opens at Southside.

Apr 24

American Death Toll Exceeds 50,000

American Death Toll Exceeds 50,000

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus exceeds 50,000, accounting for more than a quarter of the world’s deaths.

Apr 26

Bermuda Records Sixth Covid-19 Death

The Government confirms that another person has died, bringing Bermuda’s Covid-19 death toll to six.

Apr 27

Govt Confirms 1 New Case, Total Of 110

Govt Confirms 1 New Case, Total Of 110

The Government confirmed one more positive test, bringing the total on the island to 110.

Apr 30

Three More Positives, Total Of 114

Three More Positives, Total Of 114

The Government confirms that three more people tested positive for Covid-19; Bermuda now has a total of 114 confirmed positive cases.

May 02

‘Shelter-In-Place’ Ends In Bermuda

‘Shelter-In-Place’ Ends In Bermuda

‘Shelter-in-place’ protocols end in Bermuda at 6.00am, with new regulations going into effect immediately.

May 02

Government Confirm Seventh Covid-19 Death

Government Confirm Seventh Covid-19 Death

The Government confirms that another person has died, bringing Bermuda’s Covid-19 death toll to seven.

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