Last updated: Aug 13, 2021

Coronavirus Timeline

This timeline focuses on the origins of the novel coronavirus and the Chinese Communist Party’s response. It is based on publicly available sources and will be updated as new information emerges.

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Chapter 1
The Beginning


October 2019

15 Oct. 2019

Wuhan Hospital Traffic Surges

Wuhan, China experiences a dramatic increase in hospital traffic “beginning in late summer and early fall," according to a Harvard Medical School study. Dr. John Brownstein notes that there was “some level of social disruption” happening in October, “well before what was previously identified as the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic.”  

Updated 1 year ago

31 Oct. 2019

Hubei Audit Chronicles Lack of Resources That Threatens Public Health Functions

An audit internal to Hubei Province concludes that a “huge gap in staff and operating funds of the provincial CDC has seriously affected the normal performance of public health functions.”

Updated 1 year ago

November 2019

01 Nov. 2019

Wuhan Lab Staff Hospitalized with Flu-Like Symptoms

Three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology are hospitalized with flu-like symptoms.

Updated 1 year ago

17 Nov. 2019

'Patient Zero'

A 55-year-old resident from Hubei province contracts COVID-19, according to data seen by the South China Morning Post, possibly the first coronavirus case.

Updated 2 years ago

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Office buildings at sunset in April 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. (Photo by Duan Zhiwei/VCG via Getty Images)

December 2019

01 Dec. 2019

First Case Recognized by Chinese Authorities

The first coronavirus case now recognized by Chinese authorities is recorded in a Wuhan hospital. The patient was initially suspected to have been infected by an animal (likely a bat) in the Huanan Seafood Market, a narrative now in dispute as researchers propound alternative origins, including that lax security procedures in the Wuhan Institute of Virology led to its escape.

Updated 2 years ago

02 Dec. 2019

Influenza Outbreak Begins

A month-long influenza outbreak begins, including in Wuhan, causing a 20-fold increase in influenza cases from the previous year. 

Updated 1 year ago

06 Dec. 2019

Wuhan Doctors Suspect Human-to-Human Transmission

The first suspected human-to-human transmission is recorded by Wuhan doctors. A patient is observed to have the virus but denies ever visiting the seafood market.

Updated 2 years ago

25 Dec. 2019

Threat to Health Care Workers

Wuhan doctors suspect disease transmission from patients to medical staff, further evidence of human-to-human transmission and the first instance of a threat to health care workers. Wuhan hospitals have experienced a steady rise in infections since the first cases.

Updated 2 years ago

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This photo taken on February 17, 2020 shows medical staff members working at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

27 Dec. 2019

First Known Case Outside of China

A French patient is confirmed to have the virus, marking the first known case outside of China. The sample from the patient was not analyzed until May 2020.

Updated 2 years ago

DNA Sequencing

A Guangzhou-based genomics company sequences most of the virus, showing an “alarming similarity to…SARS.” Samples of the virus are distributed to at least six other genomics companies for testing.

Updated 2 years ago

31 Dec. 2019

Chinese Social Media Censoring

Chinese social media censors introduce a list of coronavirus-related terms, including “Wuhan unknown pneumonia” and “unknown SARS,” to block from online discussions.

Updated 2 years ago

Taiwan's Warning

Taiwanese public health officials warn the World Health Organization (WHO) that the virus is spreading between humans. The WHO never publicizes the warning.

Updated 2 years ago

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen visits Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center for the coronavirus response on February 7, 2020. (Photo by Office of the President, ROC via Flickr)

January 2020

01 Jan. 2020

China Summons Doctors

The Wuhan Public Security Bureau summons eight people to its headquarters, including Dr. Li Wenliang, who initially warned the public about the virus, accusing them of spreading “hoaxes.” Dr. Li signs a statement confessing to his “misdemeanor.” The fate of the other seven is unknown.

Updated 2 years ago

Hubei Provincial Health Commission Orders Company to Cease Testing and Destroy Samples

An official at the Hubei Provincial Health Commission orders a genomics company to cease “testing samples from Wuhan and to destroy all existing samples.” The company’s labs had sequenced the virus’s genetic code in December with results suggesting a highly infectious virus similar to SARS.

Updated 2 years ago

02 Jan. 2020

'Probable' Infections Identified in Ohio

Retroactive antibody testing identified “probable” infections in people living in disparate corners of Ohio in early January.

Updated 1 year ago

03 Jan. 2020

Institutions Ordered Not to Publish Coronavirus Information

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) orders institutions “not to publish any information related to the unknown disease” and orders labs to “transfer any samples they had to designated testing institutions or to destroy them.” The order did not specify any testing institutions.

Updated 2 years ago

CDC Learns of the Coronavirus; National Security Council Informed

U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Robert Redfield receives reports on the novel coronavirus from Chinese colleagues. The chief of staff to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar informs the National Security Council.

Updated 2 years ago

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield speaks during a press conference on recent developments with the coronavirus with other members of President Trump's Coronavirus Task Force at the Health and Human Services headquarters on February 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

05 Jan. 2020

WHO Advises Against Travel Restrictions

Six days after its China Country Office was “informed of cases of pneumonia with unknown etiology” in Wuhan, the WHO “advises against the application of any travel or trade restrictions on China based on the information available on this event.”

Updated 2 years ago

06 Jan. 2020

CDC Offer to Help Rejected

The CDC offers to send a team to assist Chinese authorities; it never receives permission to enter the country.

Updated 2 years ago

Wuhan Officials 'Stymie' Investigators

Wuhan hosts annual, eleven-day meetings with local and Hubei provincial officials. Local officials reportedly “stymied” investigators from Beijing for fear of angering their superiors.

Updated 2 years ago

07 Jan. 2020

Xi Orders Public Officials to Control the Outbreak

President Xi Jinping reportedly orders public officials to control the outbreak during a private meeting of top CCP leadership. The existence of the meeting was not reported by state media until February, in the face of heavy criticism from Chinese citizens.

Updated 2 years ago

09 Jan. 2020

Chinese Authorities Announce Novel Coronavirus Behind Outbreak

Chinese authorities announce publicly that a novel coronavirus was behind the recent viral pneumonia outbreak.

Updated 2 years ago

Chinese State Media Report on the Outbreak

Xinhua News Agency first reports on the outbreak.

Updated 2 years ago

WHO Praises China's Response; Says Virus Does Not Spread between People

The WHO praises the Chinese government: “Preliminary identification of a novel virus in a short period of time is a notable achievement and demonstrates China’s increased capacity to manage new outbreaks.” It also stresses that “the virus does not spread readily between people” and reiterates its advice against travel or trade restrictions on China. Privately, WHO officials were frustrated that the CCP had not yet released the virus’s genome; yet these concerns were not shared with the public

Updated 2 years ago

12 Jan. 2020

Chinese Authorities Share Virus Genome

Chinese authorities share the virus’s genome with the rest of the world. The Chinese government had been in possession of the sequence since December 27.

Updated 2 years ago

13 Jan. 2020

Thailand's First Case

14 Jan. 2020

WHO Says 'No Clear Evidence of Human-to-Human Transmission'

Nearly six weeks after Wuhan doctors raise the possibility of human-to-human transmission, the WHO issues a statement stressing that Chinese authorities recorded no cases of human-to-human transmission.

Updated 2 years ago

China's National Health Commission Raises the Possibility of Human-to-Human Transmission

Hubei Provincial officials hold a teleconference with Ma Xiaowei, the head of China’s National Health Commission, who details the threat posed by the new virus. A memo from the teleconference raises the possibility of human-to-human transmission.

Updated 2 years ago

15 Jan. 2020

Japan's First Case

Japan records its first case of coronavirus.

Updated 2 years ago

CCP Alerts Consulates to Prepare for Pandemic

The CCP issues an alert to all Chinese consulates “to prepare for and respond to a pandemic” by obtaining massive stocks of personal protective equipment. 

Updated 2 years ago

Emergency Response

China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing initiates internally its highest-level emergency response, which includes directions to hospitals to take protective precautions and to begin tracking cases. The directions are marked “not to be publicly disclosed.”

Updated 2 years ago

18 Jan. 2020

Wuhan's Lunar New Year Celebration

Wuhan authorities allow nearly 40,000 to gather for the Lunar New Year celebration.

Updated 2 years ago

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Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the Kunming international convention and exhibition center in southwest China's Yunnan Province on Jan. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

20 Jan. 2020

Xi Orders Officials to Stop the Virus

Chinese state media first reports that President Xi ordered officials to stop the virus; President Xi also makes a public statement, failing to mention human-to-human transmission.

Updated 2 years ago

Human-to-Human Transmission Confirmed

Dr. Zhong Nanshan, a leading authority on respiratory health who rose to prominence for his role fighting SARS, confirms that the disease spreads from person-to-person. The head of China’s NHC investigatory team also confirms cases of human-to-human transmission in Guangdong province, indicating spread between provinces.

Updated 2 years ago

21 Jan. 2020

First American Case

The CDC confirms the first American case, a Washington resident who had returned from China six days earlier.

Updated 2 years ago

22 Jan. 2020

WHO Director General Praises Xi; WHO Declares Virus Does Not Yet Constitute Public Health Emergency

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praises China for its “cooperation” and praises Xi Jinping for his “leadership and intervention” which had been “invaluable” to responding to the outbreak. A WHO Emergency Committee concludes that the virus does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Updated 2 years ago

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Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization, (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, on January 28, 2020 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Naohiko Hatta via Getty Images)

Chapter 2
Global Spread

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January 2020

24 Jan. 2020

Europe's First Real-Time Cases

France records Europe’s first and second real-time cases.

Updated 2 years ago

25 Jan. 2020

Australia and Canada's First Cases

Australia and Canada record their first coronavirus cases.

Updated 2 years ago

26 Jan. 2020

Lunar New Year Holiday Extended

The Chinese government announces it will extend the Lunar New Year Holiday until February 2.

Updated 2 years ago

27 Jan. 2020

China Suspends International Group Travel

The Chinese government suspends group travel to foreign countries (individuals would still travel abroad unencumbered), three days after massive outbound traffic begins for the Lunar New Year. Over those days, travelers journeyed to Japan, South Korea, the United States, Italy, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, and South America. The RAND Corporation estimates that, at this time, China’s reported number of infections was undercounted by a factor of nearly 40.

Updated 2 years ago

30 Jan. 2020

WHO Declares Global Health Emergency

The WHO declares the coronavirus a global health emergency, while expressing confidence in “China’s capacity to control the outbreak.” The organization recommends against border closures, visa restrictions, and quarantining of healthy visitors from affected regions.

Updated 2 years ago

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A child is evacuated from a public housing building in Hong Kong on February 11, 2020 after the coronavirus outbreak. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)
Lunar New Year Holiday Extended Further

Several Chinese provinces and cities extend the Lunar New Year holiday until at least February 13 to halt commerce and travel.

Updated 2 years ago

31 Jan. 2020

Iran Suspends Travel To and From China

Iran presumptively cancels all flights to and from China. Privately owned Mahan Airlines (which has links to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) continues service between Tehran and China, including Wuhan, for at least another week.

Updated 2 years ago

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Iranian Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi wipes the sweat off his face, during a press conference with the Islamic republic's government spokesman Ali Rabiei in the capital Tehran on February 24, 2020. (Photo by MEHDI BOLOURIAN/FARS NEWS/AFP via Getty Images)
Uighur Groups Quarantined

CCP authorities order residents in Atush, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, to confine themselves in their homes for three weeks. Residents say they were given no prior warning and Uighur watchdog groups report widespread starvation in the area. Authorities never close Uighur detention camps.

Updated 2 years ago

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GRAPHIC CONTENT: This photo taken on January 30, 2020 shows a man wearing a facemask cycling past an elderly man who collapsed and died on the pavement along a street near a hospital in Wuhan. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

February 2020

01 Feb. 2020

China Criticizes U.S. Travel Ban

Responding to the prior day’s announcement that the United States would suspend entry of foreign nationals who had visited China, Chinese officials criticize the move as “neither based in fact nor helpful” and “certainly not a gesture of goodwill.”

Updated 2 years ago

02 Feb. 2020

First Death Outside China

The first coronavirus death outside China is reported: a 44-year-old man in the Philippines.

Updated 2 years ago

Wuhan Builds New Hospital

The city of Wuhan completes construction on the makeshift Huoshenshan hospital in ten days, eliciting breathless praise from state media, which describe the accomplishment as “shocking.”

Updated 2 years ago

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This aerial photo shows excavators and trucks at the construction site of a new hospital being built to treat patients from a deadly virus outbreak in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 27, 2020. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

05 Feb. 2020

China Criticizes Australia's Travel Ban

The Chinese embassy in Canberra criticizes Australia’s travel ban on entries from mainland China.

Updated 2 years ago

06 Feb. 2020

First American Death

A California patient initially thought to have died from influenza is confirmed in April to be the first COVID-19 death in the U.S. The first U.S. death reported in real-time would not be until February 29 in Seattle.

Updated 2 years ago

07 Feb. 2020

Death of Li Wenliang

Dr. Li Wenliang, considered by the Chinese public to be the foremost champion of spreading information about coronavirus, succumbs to the virus at the age of 33. His death leads to an outpouring of national anger over information suppression.

Updated 2 years ago

Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang shared documents online and carried out interviews via text message from his hospital bed before his death on February 7, 2020.
Hubei Authorities Underreport COVID Cases

Hubei officials underreported cases by nearly half, with 2,478 reported and 5,918 recorded in internal documents. The average time from symptom onset to a positive test result is 23.3 days, and clinical diagnoses are recorded as “suspected cases” instead of “confirmed cases.” This practice would continue into the middle of the month. 

Updated 1 year ago

Chinese Social Media Censors Posts Related to Li's Death

Shortly after Dr. Li’s death, the hashtag “#wewantfreedomofspeech” trends on Chinese social media platform Weibo. The same day, it is deleted by censors along with other related topics.

Updated 2 years ago

Xi and Trump Speak

Xi Jinping and President Trump speak; Trump pledges assistance to China and congratulates them on their progress.

Updated 2 years ago

14 Feb. 2020

First Coronavirus Death in Europe

France reports the first coronavirus death in Europe: an 80-year-old Chinese tourist.

Updated 2 years ago

Xi Calls to Improve Biosecurity

19 Feb. 2020

China Expels Wall Street Journal Reporters

China expels three Wall Street Journal reporters in response to an op-ed headline.

Updated 2 years ago

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Wall Street Journal reporters Josh Chin (R) and Philip Wen walk through Beijing Capital Airport before their departure on February 24, 2020, after being expelled over a controversial headline in an op-ed that angered Beijing. (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

21 Feb. 2020

Iran's First Case

Iran reports its first coronavirus cases from an unknown source.

Updated 2 years ago

23 Feb. 2020

Cases in Italy Surge

Italy first reports a major surge in coronavirus cases; Codogno, near Milan, becomes the first Italian town to lock itself down.

Updated 2 years ago

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Medical workers ushered in a patient to the newly-built Columbus Covid 2 wing of the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital in Rome in March 2020. (Photo by Andreas Solaro/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

Chapter 3
China’s Strategic Maneuvering

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February 2020

24 Feb. 2020

CCP Calls Uighur Detention Camps 'Training Centers'

In response to criticism of CCP treatment of Uighur communities during the outbreak, Wang Xining, China’s number two diplomat in Australia, calls Uighur detention camps “training centers,” where people get “training for future jobs” and where residency is “mostly voluntary.”

Updated 2 years ago

26 Feb. 2020

Uighur Workers Sent Back to Factories

30,000 Uighur workers, described by some as “dispensable labor” are sent back to factories. International watchdogs describe the move as “dangerous,” turning Uighurs into “commodities of the state” who would assume the risk of infection while stimulating the Chinese economy.

Updated 2 years ago

China Plans Book to Detail 'Advantages' of 'Socialist System with Chinese Characteristics'

The Chinese government announces plans to publish a bookGreat War, that details Xi Jinping’s “strategic vision and outstanding leadership” in combatting the virus in China, alongside a demonstration of the “advantages” of the “socialist system with Chinese characteristics” in handling such a crisis.

Updated 2 years ago

First Case in Latin America

A São Paolo man, recently returned from a trip to Italy, becomes the first coronavirus case in Latin America, according to Brazilian health officials.

Updated 2 years ago

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Relatives and friends of a mechanic called Roberto, who died at a hospital with symptoms of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 and did not have a wake before his burial, cry at the Milagro de Dios Cemetery in Managua, on May 9, 2020. (Photo by INTI OCON/AFP via Getty Images)

28 Feb. 2020

First Case in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria confirms the first coronavirus case in Sub-Saharan Africa, a businessman traveling from Milan to Lagos.

Updated 2 years ago

29 Feb. 2020

China's Coronavirus Timeline Contains No Pre-Jan. 25 Information

China Daily, a state media organ, launches a coronavirus timeline but displays no information regarding events before Jan. 25.

Updated 2 years ago

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A medical staff member gestures inside an isolation ward at Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 10, 2020. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

March 2020

03 Mar. 2020

Xinhua Argues 'World Should Thank China'

Xinhua contends that the “world should thank China” for its early response to the virus and touts that, unlike the U.S. government's treatment of Chinese citizens, it never imposed a travel ban on American citizens.

Updated 2 years ago

07 Mar. 2020

Hubei Authorities Underreport COVID Deaths

Hubei authorities underreport daily deaths by nearly 800, part of a weeks-long pattern of publicly underreporting death totals. 

Updated 1 year ago

08 Mar. 2020

China Donates $8 Million to WHO

China announces an $8 million donation to the WHO.

Updated 2 years ago

11 Mar. 2020

WHO Declares the Outbreak a Pandemic

The WHO declares the outbreak a pandemic.

Updated 2 years ago

12 Mar. 2020

China's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Says Virus Originated in America

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian insinuates in a tweet that COVID-19 originated in America and was spread to China by the United States military.

Updated 2 years ago

14 Mar. 2020

Chinese Whistleblower Disappears

Friends of Chinese businessman Ren Zhiqiang report that he has disappeared. Ren had authored an essay blasting the CCP for its slow response to the outbreak, blaming its speech restrictions for exacerbating the crisis and calling President Xi a “power-hungry clown.”

Updated 2 years ago

15 Mar. 2020

Serbian President Asks for Chinese Aid

In a public address Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić blasts the European Union for failing to provide the country with aid and announces a personal appeal to President Xi for Chinese assistance, saying “the only country that can help us is China.” Serbia’s application for EU membership is still under consideration, and the CCP has long seen the nation as a way of making inroads in Europe.

Updated 2 years ago

16 Mar. 2020

Chinese Disinformation Campaign Sows Confusion in American Public

Chinese operatives push misinformation across several platforms, falsely informing Americans that a mandatory federal lockdown was imminent. The strategy was intended to “induce panic.”

Updated 2 years ago

17 Mar. 2020

China Announces 'Health Silk Road'

Xinhua News announces that President Xi, as relayed in a phone call with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, will send medical experts and supplies to Italy as part of his initiative to create a “Health Silk Road.” The supplies were, in fact, sold to the Italian government.

Updated 2 years ago

Chinese President Xi Jinping wears a mask as he gestures to a coronavirus patient and medical staff via a video link at the Huoshenshan hospital in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province on March 10, 2020. (Xie Huanchi/Xinhua/AFP via Getty Images)
Xinhua Criticizes American Response

Xinhua News criticizes the American government for irresponsibility and incompetence while praising the “arduous effort” of the Chinese government which “provided the world with precious time” needed to organize its response.

Updated 2 years ago

18 Mar. 2020

China Revokes Press Credentials for Journalists from Major U.S. Newspapers

China revokes press credentials from Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post reporters.

Updated 2 years ago

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang speaks during the daily press briefing in Beijing on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images)

21 Mar. 2020

China Sends Medical Supplies to Spain

A train bound for Spain departs from Yiwu, China, loaded with 110,000 medical masks and 776 protective suits. The train from Yiwu to Madrid takes seventeen days (a flight takes less than one), and Chinese factories produced 110 million facemasks in February alone.

Updated 2 years ago

China Cites 'Unexplained' Pneumonia in Italy

Chinese state media outlets circulate reports that “an unexplained strain of pneumonia” may have originated in Italy late in 2019.

Updated 2 years ago

23 Mar. 2020

Hubei Officials Relax Restrictions for Province, But Restrictions Persist for Wuhan

The Hubei Provincial government lifts restrictions on Hubei Province, with the exception of Wuhan.

Updated 2 years ago

25 Mar. 2020

Huawei Donates Masks to European Countries Considering 5G Contracts

Huawei donates two million masks to Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Greece—countries that are still considering 5G providers. The move is highly publicized by Huawei company officials.

Updated 2 years ago

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Some 130 tons of protective gear is unloaded an Austrian Airline airplane arrived from China and bound for Italy at Vienna Airport in Schwechat, Lower Austria on March 23, 2020. (Photo by GEORG HOCHMUTH/APA/AFP via Getty Images)

26 Mar. 2020

Spain Reports Faulty Tests Sent by China

Spanish microbiologists report that tests sent to Spain by the CCP detected positive COVID-19 cases only 30% of the time.

Updated 2 years ago

Czech Republic Reports Faulty Test Kits Sent by China

Researchers from University Hospital Ostrava in the Czech Republic report that 80% of the coronavirus antibody test kits received from the Chinese government were defective, likely because antibody tests cannot detect the illness in its early stages.

Updated 2 years ago

29 Mar. 2020

Dutch Health Ministry Recalls Faulty Masks Sent by China

The Dutch Health Ministry recalls over 600,000 faulty medical masks received from the Chinese government.

Updated 2 years ago

31 Mar. 2020

China Revises Case Numbers to Include Asymptomatic Cases

The Chinese Health Commission admits it has been omitting asymptomatic cases of coronavirus to date and will begin including asymptomatic carriers in its daily counts.

Updated 2 years ago

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A woman walks past a photograph of China's President Xi Jinping displayed outside a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on May 28, 2020. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

April 2020

01 Apr. 2020

U.S. Intelligence Services Report That China's Coronavirus Numbers Are 'Fake'

U.S. intelligence services report that the Chinese government “intentionally” under-represented its outbreak totals and that its reported numbers are “fake.”

Updated 2 years ago

03 Apr. 2020

PLA Stages Naval Combat Exercises

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army stages naval combat exercises in the South China Sea in response to U.S. “territorial violations” and because “COVID-19 has significantly lowered the U.S. Navy’s warship capability in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Updated 2 years ago

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Seaman Xi Chan stands lookout on the flight deck of the Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Barry during routine underway operations. Barry is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Samuel Hardgrove)

05 Apr. 2020

Merkel and Xi Reach Agreement on Medical Supplies

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaches an agreement with Xi Jinping to receive large-scale shipments of medical supplies from Chinese companies.

Updated 2 years ago

14 Apr. 2020

Washington Post Reports Previous Warnings about Wuhan Institute of Virology

The Washington Post reports that, in 2018, U.S. Embassy officials sent official warnings to Washington after visiting the Wuhan Institute of Virology. One cable concerned the Institute’s research on bat coronaviruses and warned that their potential transmission “represented a risk of a new SARS-like pandemic.”

Updated 2 years ago

15 Apr. 2020

Consensus Grows Among U.S. Officials That Coronavirus Originated at Wuhan Lab

Sources report that the growing consensus among U.S. officials is that the virus originated in a unit studying bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is central to China’s effort to become the global leader in identifying and combating viral outbreaks.

Updated 2 years ago

20 Apr. 2020

Wuhan Institute of Virology Denies Responsibility

A spokesman for the Wuhan Institute of Virology denies any link to the pandemic, declaring that there is “absolutely no way” the virus originated in the lab.

Updated 2 years ago

24 Apr. 2020

CCP Pressure Results in EU Removing China References in Coronavirus Report

The CCP pressures the European Union into removing references to China from a report on government misinformation and the coronavirus.

Updated 2 years ago

30 Apr. 2020

U.S. Intelligence Community Confirms Investigation of Wuhan Institute of Virology

The U.S. Intelligence Community confirms that it is investigating whether the coronavirus may have originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Updated 2 years ago

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An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

May 2020

03 May 2020

Pompeo Says There Is 'Enormous Evidence' Coronavirus Came From Wuhan Lab

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims that there is “enormous evidence” that the virus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology and accuses China of blocking international investigations into the virus’s origin.

Updated 2 years ago

DHS Report Says Chinese Government Hoarded Medical Supplies

A Department of Homeland Security report concludes that the Chinese government hoarded medical supplies during the virus’s early stages. It notes a pattern of increased imports and decreased exports of medical supplies during December and January.

Updated 2 years ago

05 May 2020

China Daily Edits Out Reference to Wuhan in Op-ed by European Ambassadors

China Daily edits a reference to the virus’s origin in Wuhan out of an op-ed authored by 27 European ambassadors.

Updated 2 years ago

06 May 2020

Chinese Ambassador to United States Accuses U.S. of 'Always Blame China' Mindset

The Washington Post publishes an op-ed by Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai accusing the United States of an “always blame China” mindset.

Updated 2 years ago

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Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai, pictured here in January 2020 in Washington, DC, accused the U.S. in a Washington Post op-ed of an 'always blame China mindset.' (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

11 May 2020

Wuhan Reports New Cases

Wuhan health authorities report the city’s first cluster of cases since the city removed its lockdown order on April 8.

Updated 2 years ago

DHS and FBI Prepare to Accuse Chinese Hackers of Attempting to Steal Vaccine Research

The New York Times reports that the United States Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigations are preparing to accuse Chinese hackers of attempting to steal United States research into a coronavirus vaccine.

Updated 2 years ago

12 May 2020

China Suspends Certain Trade with Australia, Threatens Additional Retaliation

13 May 2020

CCP 'Considering Punitive Countermeasures' Against U.S. Individuals, Entities, and State Officials

The Global Times, a CCP media organ, reports that China is “considering punitive countermeasures against U.S. individuals, entities, and state officials,” such as Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and United States Senators Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton. Missouri passed legislation allowing coronavirus victims to sue the Chinese government for relief.

Updated 2 years ago

21 May 2020

CCP Orders Lockdown of Shulan after New Outbreak

The CCP orders a lockdown of the city of Shulan in Northeast China and replaces a number of local leaders after a new coronavirus outbreak. This new crop of cases reportedly exhibits different symptoms and a longer incubation period than did the first outbreak.

Updated 2 years ago

22 May 2020

New National Security Law Threatens Hong Kong

The National People’s Congress (NPC)—seen largely as a body to rubber stamp CCP decisions—introduces a new national security law for Hong Kong that bans “treason, secession, sedition and subversion.” Critics warn that the law could mean the end of Hong Kong’s autonomy as it has existed since 1997. The U.S. Department of State declared on May 27 that Hong Kong was no longer autonomous from China.

Updated 2 years ago

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Hong Kong protesters rally against China's national security law at Mongkok district on May 27, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday during the National People's Congress that Beijing would establish a sound legal system and enforcement mechanism for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong.(Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)

June 2020

22 Jun. 2020

Report Argues China's COVID-19 Caseload Undercounted

A RAND Corporation study concludes that “China’s reported COVID-19 caseload was undercounted by a factor of nearly 40.” The report uses outbound flight data and international infection rates to estimate the proportion of Chinese residents infected with the novel coronavirus. 

Updated 2 years ago

29 Jun. 2020

WHO Changes Coronavirus Timeline, Says Chinese Government Did Not Report Virus in Dec. 2019

Contrary to both China’s and the WHO’s initial story, the WHO updates its coronavirus timeline to indicate that a WHO office in China, and not the Chinese government, first reported the existence of a new virus to the WHO. 

Updated 1 year ago

July 2020

06 Jul. 2020

Chinese Law Professor Detained for Criticizing Xi

Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Tsinghua University, was detained in his home and held for a week for publishing essays criticizing Xi Jinping’s handling of the outbreak.

Updated 1 year ago

10 Jul. 2020

Chinese Immunologist Claims CCP Covered Up Virus

Chinese immunologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who fled from Hong Kong to the United States out of fear of “being disappeared or killed,” claims that the Chinese Communist Party knew about the virus well before they publicly announced it

Updated 1 year ago

14 Jul. 2020

Japan Defense Review Says China Spread Disinformation During Pandemic

Japan concludes in its annual defense white paper that, during the pandemic, China has been making "propaganda efforts in various manners, including the spread of disinformation, amid growing social uncertainties and confusion due to the spread of infection."

Updated 1 year ago

21 Jul. 2020

U.S. Accuses Two Hackers of Stealing Secrets From American Firms for China

The U.S. government indicts two Chinese hackers of targeting American firms researching coronavirus treatments and testing. 

Updated 1 year ago

31 Jul. 2020

Hong Kong Postpones Legislative Elections for a Year

Hong Kong delays its legislative elections for a year due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. 

Updated 1 year ago

August 2020

10 Aug. 2020

China Sends Fighter Jets as U.S. Health Chief Visits Taiwan

Chinese fighter jets cross the median line in the Taiwan Strait, violating Taiwanese airspace in retaliation for U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s visit to the self-governed island of Taiwan.

Updated 1 year ago

Azar Tsai
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen meet in Taipei on August 10, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE

September 2020

15 Sep. 2020

IMF Reports Chinese Economic Growth While Other Nations Slump

The International Monetary Fund reports that the Chinese economy has grown in 2020, the only country expected to do so this year.

Updated 1 year ago

October 2020

09 Oct. 2020

China Pledges to Give Vaccines to Developing Nations

China joins a WHO-directed vaccine effort to give vaccines to developing nations, an effort it had initially resisted. 

Updated 1 year ago

November 2020

05 Nov. 2020

Coronavirus Mutation Found in Minks

Denmark plans to cull nearly 17 million mink after discovering a coronavirus mutation spreading among the population. Mink is Denmark’s third largest export, with the majority going to China.

Updated 1 year ago

30 Nov. 2020

Leaked Documents Detail CCP Mishandling of the Virus

CNN obtains leaked internal documents from the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, detailing early mishandling of the virus accompanied by misleading public statements. 

Updated 1 year ago

December 2020

08 Dec. 2020

CCP Advances New Virus Origin Story

With the WHO investigation into the virus’s origins approaching, Chinese diplomat Zha Liyou advances theory that the coronavirus arrived in Wuhan via foreign frozen food shipments. 

Updated 1 year ago

January 2021

03 Jan. 2021

CCP Claims Coronavirus Outbreak Did Not Begin in Wuhan

China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, says the COVID-19 pandemic was caused by several outbreaks around the globe, not a single outbreak in Wuhan.

Updated 1 year ago

05 Jan. 2021

WHO Team Investigating Coronavirus Origins Denied Entry Into China

The World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the coronavirus is denied entry into China due to "lack of visa clearances."

Updated 1 year ago

12 Jan. 2021

Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine Proved Less Effective Than Initially Described in Brazil

Brazilian researchers report China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine to be only 50.38% effective in late-stage trials, nearly 30% lower than initially announced. 

Updated 1 year ago

A Butantan Institute researcher in São Paulo held a vial on Tuesday containing CoronaVac, Sinovac Biotech’s vaccine. (PHOTO: AMANDA PEROBELLI/REUTERS)

20 Jan. 2021

Chinese Media Attempts to Discredit Western Vaccines

Chinese scientists and media urge Europe and Australia to discontinue use of American vaccines, which they described as hastily developed and dangerous for elderly recipients.

Updated 1 year ago

February 2021

11 Feb. 2021


The CCP bans the BBC from China, citing “distorted coronavirus reports about Wuhan.”

Updated 1 year ago

12 Feb. 2021

Chinese Authorities Deny Access to Data to WHO Investigators

17 Feb. 2021

CCP Pressures German Pharmaceutical Manufacturer to Scrap Deal to Send Vaccines to Taiwan

Taiwanese health minister Chen Shih-Chung suggests that China pressured BioNTech, a German pharmaceuticals manufacturer, to call off a deal with the Taiwanese government that would have sent five million coronavirus vaccine doses to the island country. 

Updated 1 year ago

23 Feb. 2021

Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Says China's Viral Research Practices Put World at Risk

Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his top China policy adviser Miles Yu detail China's "reckless" viral research practices, which they say put the world at risk.

Please note that both Secretary Pompeo and Mr. Yu are fellows at Hudson Institute.

Updated 1 year ago

March 2021

29 Mar. 2021

Secretary of State Blinken Raises Concerns About WHO Coronavirus Origins Report

30 Mar. 2021

WHO Chief Says Lab Leak Study Needed

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that the international team of scientists sent to China as part of a mission to study the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic did not adequately analyze the possibility of a lab leak. Tedros argues the lab leak theory requires further investigation.

Updated 1 year ago

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg)
14 Countries Issue Joint Statement Calling for 'Transparent and Independent' Investigation Into COVID-19 Origins

The Governments of Australia, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America issue a joint statement noting their "commitment to working with the World Health Organization (WHO)" and calling for "transparent and independent analysis and evaluation, free from interference and undue influence, of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Updated 1 year ago

May 2021

03 May 2021

Wuhan Institute of Virology Lead Researcher Reveals 'Gain-of-Function' Research Conducted Under Lax Safety Standards

Dr. Shi Zhengli, lead bat coronavirus researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, reveals that coronavirus gain-of-function research is conducted under biosafety level 2 restrictions, the second laxest.

Updated 1 year ago

23 May 2021

Wuhan Lab Staff Discovered to be Sick in Nov. 2019

The Wall Street Journal reports that three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology are hospitalized with flu-like symptoms in November 2019.

Updated 1 year ago

August 2021

12 Aug. 2021

WHO Scientist says Chinese officials Pressured Investigation to Drop Lab-Leak Theory

Ben Embarek, a Danish representative on the WHO’s origins investigation team, admits in an interview that Chinese colleagues in the investigation pressured the team to omit or decline to investigate further the possibility that the coronavirus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Embarek went on to say there could have been “human error” involved in the outbreak but that “the Chinese political system does not allow authorities to admit that

Updated 10 months ago

Research Manager: William Lombardo