The Coronavirus Timeline: Here's how it spread

Coronavirus has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). As of February 1st 2020 304 people have died from coronavirus and over 12,000 have been infected. How did this spread so quickly and what is the time line? Well here's what happened...

- In mid-December there were patients in a Wuhan hospital that were exhibiting symtoms of a flu-like winter illeness, which included coughing, shortness of breath, fever and coughing. 

- January 1, 2020 The Wuhan wholesale seafood market was shut down as many who were infected worked there. The wholesale food market is where live fish and livestock are sold and traded. This is where the virus was thought to have originated.

- January 5 2020 The Chinese government ruled out severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) as the culprit. 

- January 7 coronavirus is officially identified.

- January 11 the first coronavirus death.

- January 13 the first case outside of China was identified in Thailand from a woman who travelled there from Wuhan.

- January 17 three U.S. airports started screening passengers arriving from Wuhan.

- January 20 a third death in China was reported. It was also discovered that the virus can be transmitted from human to human.

- January 22 the death toll is at 17, with 550 people infected with the virus.

- January 23  Wuhan is quarantined and public transportation is suspended out of Wuhan.

- January 24,  the death toll rises to 26. 

- January 25, further travel restrictions were put in place, including Hong Kong which put a restriction on links to mainland China.

= January 26, the death toll rises to 56 with over 2000 confirmed cases of the virus. Hong Kong closed it's Disneyland and Ocean Park theme parks.

- January 27, the death toll rises to 106 wtih 2,714 confirmed cases. 

- January 30, WHO declares coronavirus a global emergency as the death toll rises to 170 and has spread to each of the 31 provinces in China. 

- February 1, the death toll rises to 259 and the virus has spread to Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

- February 2, there have been at least 304 people were confirmed dead in China and 2,590 new infections reported, bringing the total in the country to 14,380.

The Philippines had its first fatality - a Chinese male from Wuhan.