December 2019 – January 2020: CCP leaders know about coronavirus but take aggressive steps to hide it from the public, including detaining doctors who warned about the virus and censoring media on the virus.
December 30, 2019
Doctors in Wuhan report positive tests for “SARS Coronavirus” to Wuhan health officials. Under WHO regulations, China is required to report these results within 24 hours. China fails to inform the WHO about the outbreak.
December 31, 2019
WHO officials in Geneva become aware of media reports regarding an outbreak in Wuhan and direct the WHO China Country Office to investigate. Taiwan informs WHO about human-to-human transmission, but data is not published on WHO’s data exchange platform.
January 1, 2020
Hubei Provincial Health Commission official orders gene sequencing companies and labs who had already determined the novel virus was similar to SARS to stop testing and to destroy existing samples.
January 2, 2020
The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) completes gene sequencing of the virus, but the CCP does not share the sequence or inform the WHO.
January 3, 2020
China’s National Health Commission ordered institutions not to publish any information related to the “unknown disease” and ordered labs to transfer samples to CCP controlled national institutions or destroy them.
Mid-Late January: Despite knowing about the virus, CCP allowed massive travel within China and abroad during the Spring Festival (3 billion estimated trips over 40 days), and Wuhan held a celebratory potluck with more than 40,000 families eating from 14,000 dishes.
January 11, 2020
After a researcher in Shanghai leaks the gene sequence online, the CCP transmits the WIV’s gene sequencing information to the WHO that was completed 10 days earlier. The Shanghai lab where the researcher works is ordered to close.
January 14, 2020
Wuhan health authorities claim no human-to-human transmission from coronavirus. This assessment was tweeted by WHO the same day. According to classified documents obtained by the Associated Press, Xi Jinping is warned by top Chinese health official that a pandemic is occurring.
January 22, 2020
WHO mission to China admits some evidence of human-to-human transmission.
January 23, 2020
After the Emergency Committee is divided on whether to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), Director-General Tedros decides not to. This delay contributed to a regional epidemic turning into a global pandemic.
January 23, 2020
The CCP institutes a citywide lockdown of Wuhan. However, before the lockdown goes into effect, an estimated 5 million people leave the city.
January 29, 2020
Jan. 29, 2020: Tedros praises the CCP’s response to the virus, saying their transparency was “very impressive, and beyond words” and that the CCP was “actually setting a new standard for outbreak response.”
January 30, 2020
One week after declining to do so, Tedros declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
February 1, 2020
First death outside of the PRC occurs, in the Philippines.
February 7, 2020
Dr. Li, who first shared the positive SARS test results with his classmates via WeChat, dies from COVID-19.
February 9, 2020
The death toll for COVID-19 surpasses that of SARS.
February 15, 2020
First death from COVID-19 outside of Asia occurs, in France.
February 16, 2020
WHO and PRC officials begin a nine-day “WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019” and travel to China to examine the outbreak and origin of COVID-19. Many team members, including at least one American, were not allowed to visit Wuhan on the trip.
February 25, 2020
For the first time, more new cases are reported outside of PRC than within.
February 26, 2020
The WHO-China Joint Mission issues its findings, praising the PRC for its handling of the outbreak.
February 29, 2020
The first reported COVID-19 death in the United States occurs.
March 11, 2020