Timeline: How Coronavirus Got Started
The outbreak spanning the globe began in December in Wuhan, China
The novel coronavirus outbreak, which began in Wuhan, China, in December, has expanded to touch nearly every corner of the globe. At least 98,000 people around the world have been sickened and thousands have died.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the virus a global healthemergency and rated COVID-19's global risk of spread and impact as "very high," the most serious designation the organization gives.
Here's a timeline of how the outbreak has unfolded so far:
Dec. 31, 2019: WHO learns mysterious pneumonia sickening dozens in China
Health authorities in China confirm that dozens of people in Wuhan, China, were being treated for pneumonia from an unknown source. Many of those sickened had visited a live animal market in Wuhan and authorities said there wasn't evidence of the virus was spreading from person to person.
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