While earliest outbreaks of the virus had been positioned in mainland China, the variety of new instances in China have tapered off as new instances in the remainder of the world proceed to rise. The chair of the WHO emergency committee stated on January 23, 2020 that it was “too early” to call the coronavirus an emergency, and on January 30 on the organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global public health emergency. On March 11, WHO labeled the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and on March 13 President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in the United States. On May 27, reported coronavirus deaths in the U.S. topped 100,000. See NBC News’ day-by-day timeline of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chinese authorities, which is trying to keep away from a repeat of the 2003 SARS outbreak, warned officers to not cowl up the unfold of the virus. The South China Morning Post reported that Beijing stated anybody who withheld data could be “the sinner of a millennium to the party and the people” and could be “nailed on the pillar of shame for eternity.”
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CORRECTION (March 31, 2021, 3:47 p.m. ET): A earlier model of the map on this text omitted South Sudan, which grew to become a country in 2011. The map has been republished to incorporate it.
Joe Murphy contributed.