The CoronaVirus Pandemic Chronology from November 2019

WHAT evidence could be working contrary to the CCP claims of transparency and openness? When China has tried to cover up that the Pandemic began as early as November 2019 … and not 31 December 2019!



Pandemic chronology

Late November 2019

According to phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2, the predicted latest common ancestor of all sequenced genomes would go back to late November, with an error of margin of one month. It is expected that either the virus got introduced in the human population at this date, eg. from an animal, or before November it had a mutation making it less contagious.[4][5]

1 December

A retrospective study published in The Lancet on 24 January 2020 revealed that the earliest laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 was in a man whose symptoms began on 1 December 2019, and that he had not been to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market of Wuhan. No epidemiological link could be found between him and the others of the first confirmed cluster of 41 cases, which had mostly been discovered using the national pneumonia surveillance system.[6][7][8][9] None of his family became ill.[10] The BBC Chinese Service later confirmed that they had received information from Wenjuan Wu, one of The Lancet authors and who was one of Wuhan’s Jinyintan Hospital’s senior doctors, that this first man was elderly, had Alzheimer’s disease, lived several bus rides away from the market and did not venture out from his home.[11]

A report by the South China Morning Post on 13 March 2020 suggested that one man, aged 55 years, could have been infected on 17 November 2019.[12]

10 December

The Wall Street Journal reported on 6 March 2020, that one of the earliest affected cases was a 57-year-old seafood merchant working at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, whose symptoms began on 10 December.[13][14]

12 December

The earliest onset of symptoms of pneumonia of unknown etiology was at one time recorded as 12 December, when Chinese authorities reported on suspected cases up to 5 January 2020.[15]

16 December

Of the first 41 cases of laboratory confirmed SARS-CoV-2, later revealed in The Lancet, the first admission to hospital was on 16 December 2019.[6][10]

18–29 December

Between 20 and 29 December, members of the Wuhan Institute of Virology and others reported and published a report on people with severe pneumonia who were admitted to the intensive care unit of the Wuhan Jin Yin-Tan Hospital at the beginning of the outbreak. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL) that was eventually used for viral genome sequencing was collected from hospital patients between 24 and 29 December. Their samples were sent to the laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other medical labs for the diagnosis of the causative pathogen. Patient ICU-01 was not proven to be linked to the Wuhan Seafood Market, but the other six were either sellers or deliverymen at the market.[16][17]

21 December

Chinese epidemiologists published on CCDC Weekly (Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention) 21 January 2020 an article stating that the first cluster of patients with “pneumonia of an unknown cause” occurred beginning 21 December 2019 and that the virus was more prevalent in older adults.[18]

24 December

Doctors from Central Hospital of Wuhan took fluid samples from the lungs of a 65-year-old deliveryman who worked at the Wuhan seafood market and sent them to Vision Medicals, Guangzhou, for testing.[17]

25 December

According to the China Youth Daily, Wuhan Fifth Hospital gastroenterology director Lu Xiaohong said that she heard some hospital staff might be infected on 25 December.[19]

26–27 December

Zhang Jixian, director of the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care at Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese & Western Medicine, examined an elderly couple who presented themselves at the hospital with fever and cough on 26 December 2019.[20] Having observed that CT scans of their chests showed a different pattern from other viral pneumonias, she asked the couple’s son to undergo a scan and found the same pattern, although he had no symptoms. Another patient, a merchant from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, also arrived at the hospital with fever and cough that day. Zhang, having conducted tests to rule out known respiratory ailments and believing this to be an infectious disease, reported the four cases to her superiors at the hospital on 27 December 2019.[12][21]

Vision Medicals had sequenced most of the virus from fluid samples of the 65-year-old deliveryman sent by Central Hospital of Wuhan on 27 December. The results showed an alarming similarity to the deadly SARS coronavirus between 2002 and 2003.[17][22]

28–29 December

During the following two days, Hubei Provincial received three similar cases, all associated with the seafood market. On 29 December, hospital administration convened a multi-departmental panel of doctors who concluded the cases were unusual and required special attention, whereupon they reported their findings to the provincial CDC.[21] Wuhan CDC staff initiated a field investigation and found additional patients with similar symptoms who were linked to the market. (According to a CCDC publication, the initial admissions to Hubei Provincial Hospital occurred on 29 December.)[23]

30 December

A genetic sequencing report from CapitalBio Medlab of Beijing on the pathogen of a 41-year-old patient the sample of which was collected by Wuhan Central Hospital mistakenly diagnosed as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS coronavirus). This mistaken result alerted the authority and some of the Wuhan doctors.[17]

Wuhan Municipal Health Committee issued an “urgent notice on the appropriate treatment to patients with pneumonia of unknown cause” to medical institutions under its jurisdiction.[24][25][26][27]

Multiple doctors in Wuhan shared the test report via internet, including Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, who posted a warning to alumni from his medical school class via a WeChat group in the late afternoon that a cluster of seven patients treating within the ophthalmology department had been unsuccessfully treated for symptoms of viral pneumonia and diagnosed with SARS.[28][29][17] Because these patients did not respond to traditional treatments, they were quarantined in an ER department of the Wuhan Central Hospital.[30] In the WeChat post, Li posted the erroneous diagnostics that “there had been 7 confirmed cases of SARS”.[31] Li posted a snippet of an RNA analysis finding “SARS coronavirus” and extensive bacteria colonies in a patient’s airways.[32]

News of an outbreak of “pneumonia of unknown origin” started circulating on social media on the evening of 30 December 2019.[33][34][35]

31 December

The Wuhan Municipal Health Committee informed WHO of 27 “cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan.”[36][37] Most were stallholders from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, seven of whom were in critical condition.

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission released a briefing on its website about the pneumonia outbreak in the city, confirming 27 cases and telling the public not to go to enclosed public places or gather. It suggested wearing face masks when going out.[38] There had been “a successive series of patients with unexplained pneumonia recently”—27 suspected cases in total, seven of which were in critical condition and 18 were stable, two of which were on the verge of being discharged soon.[25][38][27]

Chinese state television CCTV channel 13 in their daily news broadcasts issued an epidemiological alert telling the entire country of a strange and unknown virus. It also reported that a team of experts from the National Health Commission had arrived in Wuhan on the day to lead the investigation.[39] The People’s Daily said the “exact cause remained unclear and it would be premature to speculate.”[34][35][40][25]

Qu Shiqian, a vendor at the Huanan Seafood Market, said government officials had disinfected the premises on 31 December 2019 and told stallholders to wear masks. Qu said he had only learned of the pneumonia outbreak from media reports. “Previously I thought they had flu,” he said. “It should be not serious. We are fish traders. How can we get infected?”[35]

Tao Lina, a public health expert and former official with the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said, “I think we are [now] quite capable of killing it in the beginning phase, given China’s disease control system, emergency handling capacity and clinical medicine support.” No human-to-human infection had been reported so far and more pathological tests and investigations were underway, an official said.[35]

As a result of the official announcement of the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan immediately tightened their inbound screening processes.[41][42] Hong Kong Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee announced after an urgent night-time meeting with officials and experts, “[any suspected cases] including the presentation of fever and acute respiratory illness or pneumonia, and travel history to Wuhan within 14 days before onset of symptoms, we will put the patients in isolation.”[35] The social media reports stated that 27 patients in Wuhan—most of them stall holders at the Huanan Seafood Market—had been treated for the mystery illness.[35]

In the Financial Times of March 20, 2020, “Taiwan said its doctors had heard from mainland colleagues that medical staff were getting ill—a sign of human-to-human transmission. Taipei officials said they reported this to both International Health Regulations (IHR), a WHO framework for the exchange of epidemic prevention and response data between 196 countries, and Chinese health authorities on December 31.”[43]. According to Reuters, Taiwan’s Centres for Disease Control chief Chou Jih-haw said that it has written to the WHO and China on 31 December, asking for information about the virus outbreak in Wuhan, including whether there were human-to-human transmissions. Chou claimed WHO confirmed the UN body had received the letter but did not respond to it.[44] WHO denied the organization ignored Taiwan’s warning, stating “There was no mention in this mail of human-to-human transmission” in the communication from Taiwan.[45] Taiwan admitted the email did “not state directly and conclusively that there had been human-to-human transmission” and argued it had “strongly hinted” at the possibility[46] so that WHO staff “could discern from this wording that there was a real possibility”. According to Taiwanese authorities, since “in China, the term ‘atypical pneumonia’ is commonly used to refer to SARS”, the WHO should have inferred that human-to-human transmission was probable, especially since patients were being isolated for treatment, as was noted in their message.[47]

1 January 2020

Animated map of confirmed COVID-19 cases from 12 January to 29 February 2020.Date when first case in each first-level administration was reported.

According to information reported by the South China Morning Post on 13 March 2020, Chinese authorities had, identified 266 people who had been infected before the beginning of 2020.[12][48][49][50]

According to the Chinese state-sponsored Xinhua News, the Huanan Seafood Market was closed on 1 January 2020 for “regulation”.[30] However, in the Consortium’s report of 24 January 2020, it was stated that the Huanan Seafood Market had been closed on 1 January 2020 for “cleaning and disinfection. However, the virus could only stay on surfaces for so long so this was useless”[41]

US CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield was briefed about the severity of the virus from his Chinese counterparts Dr. George F. Gao when he was on vacation with his family – according to reports, what he heard “rattled him.”[51]

WHO in its Newsroom: Emergencies preparedness, the response said “the causal agent has not yet been identified or confirmed” and has requested further information from the Chinese authorities to assess the risk. [36]

2 January

On 2 January, 41 admitted hospital patients in Wuhan, China, were confirmed to have contracted (laboratory-confirmed) the 2019-nCoV (novel coronavirus); 27 (66%) patients had direct exposure to Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.[6] All 41 patients were subsequently relocated from the hospital they had originally been diagnosed in to the Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, China.[6] WHO declared that its three concerned levels (China country office, Regional Office for the Western Pacific and headquarters) have been working together to respond to the outbreak.

3 January

Chinese scientists at the National Institute of Viral Disease Control and Prevention (IVDC) ruled out the possibilities for 26 common respiratory pathogens, including influenza A and B virus, parainfluenza virus, adenovirus, respiratory syncytial virus metapneumovirus rhinovirus, enterovirus, and other common respiratory viruses. They determined the genetic sequence of the novel β-genus coronaviruses (naming it ‘2019-nCoV’) from specimens collected from patients in Wuhan, China, and three distinct strains were established.[23]

Health authorities in Wuhan reported 44 cases, a big jump from the 27 reported on Tuesday. Eleven of the 44 were seriously ill, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said, although there had been no reported deaths to date. The health of the 121 close contacts of the cases was being monitored.[52]

Dr. Li Wenliang, a Wuhan ophthalmologist, was summoned to the Wuhan Public Security Bureau where he was told to sign an official confession and admonition letter promising to cease spreading false “rumors” regarding the coronavirus. In the letter, he was reprimanded for “making false comments by announcing the confirmation of 7 cases of SARS at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market” that had “severely disturbed the social order”. The letter stated, “We solemnly warn you: If you keep being stubborn, with such impertinence, and continue this illegal activity, you will be brought to justice—is that understood?” Li signed the confession writing: “Yes, I understand.”[29][53]

China formally notified US on the outbreak. At a White House briefing in March 20, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said officials had been alerted to the initial reports of the virus by discussions between CDC director Robert Redfield and Chinese CDC Director Dr. Gao on Jan. 3. Mr. Azar also told his chief of staff to make sure that the National Security Council was aware that “this (the outbreak) is a very big deal” [54][55][56]

4 January

The head of the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Infection, Ho Pak-Leung, warned that the city should implement the strictest possible monitoring system for a mystery new viral pneumonia that infected dozens of people on the mainland, as it was highly possible that the illness was spreading from human to human. The microbiologist also warned that there could be a surge in cases during the upcoming Chinese New Year. Ho said he hoped the mainland would release more details as soon as possible about the patients infected with the disease, such as their medical history, to help experts analyze the illness and to allow for more effective preventive measures to be put in place.[57]

The Singapore Ministry of Health said on Saturday, 4 January, that it had been notified of the first suspected case of the “mystery Wuhan virus” in Singapore, involving a three-year-old girl from China who had pneumonia and a travel history to the Chinese city of Wuhan.[58] On 5 January, the Singapore Ministry of Health released a press statement stating that the earlier suspected case was not linked to the pneumonia cluster in Wuhan and was also tested negative for the SARS and MERS-CoV.[59]

Chinese officials were criticized for failing to disclose any information about the “mysterious virus” that machine translations of official reports suggested may be caused by a new coronavirus.[52]

The WHO waited for China to release information about the “mysterious new pneumonia virus”.[60] The United Nations agency activated its incident-management system at the country, regional and global level and was standing ready to launch a broader response if it was needed. The WHO’s regional office in Manila said in Twitter posts Saturday: “#China has reported to WHO regarding a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, Hubei Province. The Govt has also met with our country office, and updated @WHO on the situation. Govt actions to control the incident have been instituted and investigations into the cause are ongoing.”[60]

The Wuhan Institute of Virology did not respond to an emailed request for comment on the infectious source.[61]

5 January

The number of suspected cases reached 59 with seven in a critical condition. All were quarantined and local medical officials commenced the monitoring of 163 of their contacts. At this time, there had been no reported cases of human-to-human transmission or presentations in healthcare workers.[62][63]

Department of Zoonoses (National Institute of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention) submitted complete genome of Wuhan seafood market pneumonia virus isolate Wuhan-Hu-1 (published 12-JAN-2020).[64]

Early investigations into the cause of the pneumonia ruled out seasonal flu, SARS, MERS and bird flu.[65][66]

6 January

On Monday, 6 January, the Wuhan health authorities announced they continued seeking the cause but had so far ruled out influenza, avian influenza, adenovirus, and coronaviruses SARS and MERS as the respiratory pathogen that had infected 59 people as of 5 January.[67]

7 January

Scientists of the National Institute of Viral Disease Control and Prevention (IVDC) confirmed the novel coronavirus isolated on 3 January was the pathogenic cause of the viral pneumonia of unknown etiology (VPUE) cluster, and the disease has been designated novel coronavirus-infected pneumonia (NCIP).[23]

Scientists in China announced the discovery of a new coronavirus.[68][69]

Since the outburst of social media discussion of the mysterious pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China, Chinese authorities censored the hashtag #WuhanSARS and were now investigating anyone who was allegedly spreading misleading information about the outbreak on social media.[70]

The world continued to wait for China to disclose more information about what had triggered an unexplained pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China’s tenth-largest city.[71]

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created an “incident management system”and issued a travel notice Monday for travelers to Wuhan, Hubei province, China due to the cluster of cases of pneumonia of an unknown etiology…”[72][73]

According to prof. Mikhail Shchelkanov (FEFU Scientists’ Council on 17-MAR-2020) he knew sequence of the novel coronavirus genome by 7 January (“we – world scientists’ circles”).[74]



LOOK NO FURTHER! Who’s to Blame for CoronaVirus in Australia?


CAAN has found a letter which reveals that the Morrison Government had been notified by the CSIRO about the CoronaVirus as early as November 2019

THE CSIRO learnt of the emergence of the CoronaVirus in late November 2019 … they were alert to its likely consequences … but were hindered by China’s obsession with secrecy … was this ‘to save face’?

Following which the offices of the Health Minister and the Prime Minister were provided with the issues and specifics to safeguard Australia


‘Hunt and Morrison were Warned about CoronaVirus in Late November and did Nothing’


WHY was there a delay?

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Photo: WikipediA

WHY is it that there are other reports including the following that provide a TimeLine that does not commence until 31 December 2019?

COULD this be due to a cover-up by China? To save face?



December 31, 2019

Chinese Health officials inform the WHO about a cluster of 41 patients with a mysterious pneumonia. Most are connected to Huanan Seafood WholesaleMarket. January 1, 2020

January 1, 2020

Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market closes.



December 31 – January 5 

On December 31 last year, China alerted the WHO to several cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people. The virus was unknown.

Several of those infected worked at the city’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which was shut down on January 1. As health experts worked to identify the virus amid growing alarm, the number of infections exceeded 40.

On January 5, Chinese officials ruled out the possibility that this was a recurrence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus – an illness that originated in China and killed more than 770 people worldwide in 2002-2003.



DEC. 31

On Dec. 31, the government in Wuhan, China, confirmed that health authorities were treating dozens of cases. Days later, researchers in China identified a new virus that had infected dozens of people in Asia. At the time, there was no evidence that the virus was readily spread by humans. Health officials in China said they were monitoring it to prevent the outbreak from developing into something more severe.

BUT it was not until 31 December 2019 that the WHO notified of a

‘mysterious pneumonia sickening dozens in China‘.

‘Health authorities in China confirm that dozens of people in Wuhan, China, are being treated for pneumonia from an unknown source.’