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COVID-19: An interactive timeline

Chinese subterfuge leaves the world in the dark as a pandemic spreads

A patient infected with COVID-19 at the intensive care unit of the Franco-Britannique hospital in Levallois-Perret, northern Paris. LUCAS BARIOULET/AFP/Getty Images

COVID-19: An interactive timeline
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Editor’s Note: WORLD will periodically update this interactive timeline as the coronavrius pandemic unfolds.

Mindy Belz

Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine’s first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afghanistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run From ISIS With Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C.


Angela Lu Fulton

Angela is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine and a part-time editor for WORLD Digital. She is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Angela resides in Taipei, Taiwan.


Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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My husband and I deeply appreciate the GUTS and the WORK it takes to create an accurate timeline of this historical event, the worldwide COVID-19 epidemic, holding responsible the Chinese Communist Party and those in the WHO who support the CCP.  The people of China are NOT responsible for this virus or its initial unchecked spread; we are grateful to citizens, physicians, and others who tried to warn the rest of the world in spite of personal consequences. THANK YOU for this timeline and its promised updates; please make a printable version sans photos if possible.