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Covid-19 Timeline

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The timeline below provides brief visual overview some of the developments in both Bermuda and around the world. 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.

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 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.

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