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Timeline: How coronavirus spread from China to Australia

By March 29, 2020 No Comments
December 12
First case of novel coronavirus is detected in Wuhan, China. It is not disclosed for several weeks.
Chinese authorities confirm they have identified 2019-nCoV.
January 9
A 61-year-old man from Wuhan is the world’s first death linked to the virus.
January 20
Chinese authorities confirm the virus can spread from person-to-person, with coronavirus added as a listed human disease under the Biosecurity Act of 2015.
January 21
Additional proportionate border measures are in place in Australia, with biosecurity and border security staff processing passengers from three direct flights a week from Wuhan to Sydney.
January 24
The level of travel advice for ​​​​​​Wuhan and Hubei province in China is raised to level four: “do not travel”.
January 25
The first case of coronavirus in Australia is confirmed – a man from Wuhan travelled on flight CZ321 from Guangzhou to Melbourne on 19 January.
A further three men test positive for COVID-19 in Sydney after arriving in the country on January 6, 19 and 20.
January 27
Australia’s fifth case is recorded after a NSW resident tests positive.
January 29
Scientists at Melbourne’s Peter Doherty Institute become the first to recreate the coronavirus, as Australia records seven confirmed cases: one in Queensland, two in Victoria, and four in New South Wales.
January 31
The World Health Organisation declares a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of coronavirus.
February 3
More than 200 Australians are evacuated on Qantas flights from Wuhan and quarantined on Christmas Island for 14 days.
February 5
Two Australians on the Diamond Princess cruise ship contract coronavirus as it’s quarantined off Japan.
February 5
Australia announces a 14-day ban for non-citizens arriving from China
February 11
The global death toll passes 1000.
February 19
The 180 Australians stuck on the Japanese cruise ship are evacuated to a quarantine camp in Darwin, with four later testing positive for coronavirus.
A timeline of COVID-19 in February 2020.
A timeline of COVID-19 in February 2020.(9News)
March 1
A Perth man rescued from the Diamond Princess becomes Australia’s first fatality.
March 3
The country records its second fatality after a 96-year-old woman in Sydney aged care dies.
March 7
The global cases hit 100,000
March 9
Australia records its third coronavirus related death after an elderly Sydney man in another aged care home dies.
March 11
The WHO declares coronavirus a global pandemic
March 12
The Morrison government pledges a $17.6 billion stimulus package as the first roll-on effects of coronavirus are felt on the economy
March 15
The national death toll hits five
March 17
A human biosecurity emergency is declared in Australia as national death toll rises to six
Timeline of COVID-19 in March 2020.
Timeline of COVID-19 in March 2020.(9News)
March 18
Government places ban on indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, raises international travel advice to peak level – ‘do not travel’
March 19
Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin announce suspension of all international flights with 20,000 workers stood down.
RBA slash to record-low 0.25 per cent at an emergency meeting.
All non-citizens and non-residents are banned from entering the country. Tasmania announced a 14-day quarantine on people entering the Apple isle and an 81-year-old NSW woman dies, bringing the national toll to seven.
March 20
Three people on the Ruby Princess cruise ship docked in Sydney with the 2700 passengers and crew urged to self-isolate after three people test positive.
March 21
Australians are widely criticised for ignoring social distancing measures after thousands flocked to Bondi Beach.
The number of coronavirus cases in NSW has ballooned to 436 after 83 new cases were identified in the state, taking the national total past the 1000 mark.
How coronavirus is spreading around the world.
How coronavirus is spreading around the world.(9News)
March 22
Global death toll climbs past 11,000.
Morrison government announced a series of measures to help casual workers, sole traders, retirees and those on income support as part of its second $66 billion stimulus package.
An additional 97 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in NSW, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in NSW to 533.
The Federal Government says around 3000 Aussies remain stuck on cruise ships around the world.SA Health announced the number of confirmed cases in the state had risen by almost 50 per cent in 24 hours.
March 23
The Prime Minister announced tough new restrictions on social distancing across the country in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus as pubs, clubs and restaurants are forced to close.
March 24
Chaos at Centrelink offices around the country as thousands of Australians tried to register with the welfare agency for the first time.
Ruby Princess cruise passenger dies from coronavirus
March 25
Weddings, funerals, and birthday parties shutdown and Australians banned from travelling overseas in wide-ranging new restrictions announced by PM.
Victoria deploys 500 police officers for the daily task of enforcing the closure of non-essential services and the mandatory 14-day self-isolation for travellers.
Virgin Australia stands down about 8000 of its 10,000 workers.
March 26
Shuttered shops, empty streets and queues at Centrelink offices will be the new normal as tighter restrictions came into effect.Queensland Health confirm a 68-year-old man has died from the coronavirus.
Global death toll breaks 20,000Long queues have formed across the New South Wales and Queensland border after all non-essential visitors are locked out
March 27
The hotspots for coronavirus cases in Australia have been revealed to be in New South Wales and Victoria as both states consider more severe lockdowns.
How does coronavirus affect the body?(Graphic: Tara Blancato)
Australia’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 13.