The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic over a new coronavirus, which causes an illness known as COVID-19 that has spread to nearly every country.
The disease has killed more than 957,000 people and infected more than 30.8 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 21 million people have recovered.
Below is a timeline:
September 14 – 20
On September 19, Spain imposed restrictions in certain portions of the capital Madrid.
Frace recorded over 13,000 cases on September 18, its biggest daily number of coronavirus infections to date.
On September 17, Canada’s top medical officer issued a warning that the country could lost its ability to manage the pandemic due to a worrying spike in new COVID-19 cases.
On September 16, India crossed 5 million confirmed cases, the second-highest number of infections in the world.
The Asian Development Bank on September 15 said the economies of ”developing Asia” will contract by 0.7 percent in 2020, the first contraction in nearly six decades.
September 7 – 13
On September 12, Mexico’s death toll passed 70,000 as a new study showed England’s coronavirus case count was doubling every seven to eight days. Canada meanwhile reported zero COVID-19 deaths for the first time since March.
India recorded over 95,000 cases on September 10, the highest reported in one day globally. Greece, France and Palestine also reported a record number of daily coronavirus cases since the outbreak began.
On September 9, clinical trials of one of the most promising candidate vaccines, AstraZeneca, were suspended after one of the trials’ volunteers fell ill with an unexplained illness.
India overtook Brazil on September 7 as the country with the second-most coronavirus cases in the world, with more than 4.2 million infections to date.
August 31 – September 6
On September 6, Australia’s coronavirus hotspot state of Victoria extended a hard lockdown in its capital Melbourne by two weeks to the end of September as infection rates declined more slowly than hoped.
On September 4, Iraq’s health ministry warned hospitals may “lose control” in the coming days as the country recorded 5,036 new coronavirus cases, its highest single-day rise since the start of the pandemic.
On September 2, Australia reported figures showing the economy contracted 7 percent in the second quarter after a 0.3 percent decline in the first quarter, entering its first recession period in almost 30 years.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the United States on August 31 surged past the six million mark, with states including Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota reporting daily records.
August 24 – 30
On August 29, Indonesia reported its biggest rise in infections for a third successive day, while Ukraine and Myanmar also registered a record daily rise in coronavirus cases.
On August 28, Russia’s coronavirus cases surpassed 980,000, while India reported another record daily jump of 77,266 infections.
John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on August 27 that the continent has seen a 20-percent decrease in confirmed cases in the past week, with 23 of 54 countries reporting a sustained decrease in new cases in the past couple of weeks
The total number of coronavirus cases passed 24 million on August 26, with over 821,000 deaths recorded.
On August 24, Mexico reported 226 more deaths from the coronavirus, finishing the week with 3,723 fatalities, the lowest total in over two months.
August 17 – 23
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) warned on August 23 that the country is on the brink of a nationwide outbreak following the highest daily number of coronavirus cases recorded since March.
India, the third-worst-affected country in the world, on August 20 reported a record number of cases of coronavirus.
Spain reported the highest number of…