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It related to the 61 year old man who died on January 9 2020. 2020-01-11T00:00:00+0000The case was a woman who had visited Wuhan in China. 2020-01-13T00:00:00+0000The man had visited Wuhan. 2020-01-16T00:00:00+00002020-01-17T00:00:00+00002020-01-17T00:00:00+0000Cases were reported in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. 2020-01-20T00:00:00+00002020-01-20T00:00:00+00002020-01-20T00:00:00+00002020-01-20T00:00:00+0000The experiments were carried out by a team at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense. The treatment used a gene, delivered via a virus, that codes for an enzyme made in the liver called PON1 which enables the body to find and break down toxic nerve agents in the body to make them harmless. All mice injected with the gene therapy developed immunity to nerve agents for five month. Should the treatment prove successful in humans it could help provide immunity to common nerve agents like tabun, sarin, cyclosarin and soman. The research was published in V Betapudi et al, 'Gene therapy delivering a paraoxonase 1 variant offers long-term prophylactic protection against nerve agents in mice', Science Translational Medicine, 12/527, eaay0356, DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aay0356.2020-01-22T00:00:00+00002020-01-22T00:00:00+00002020-01-23T00:00:00+0000Beijing cancelled all events for celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year starting on January 25th.2020-01-23T00:00:00+00002020-01-23T00:00:00+0000This included the shut down of Shanghai Disneyland and other entertainment venues. Beijing also closed down a section of the Great Wall and other historical landmarks. 2020-01-24T00:00:00+00002020-01-25T00:00:00+00002020-01-26T00:00:00+00002020-01-26T00:00:00+0000By now the death toll from the virus had risen to 170 with the number of cases reported to be 7,711. The epidemic had spread to all 31 Chinese provinces2020-01-30T00:00:00+0000China reported 9,809 confirmed cases of infection. 2020-01-31T00:00:00+0000
Date Event People Places Sciences
11 Jan 2020China officially announced its first Covid-19 death  Covid-19
13 Jan 2020WHO reported the first case of Covid-19 in Thailand - the first one outside China   Covid-19
16 Jan 2020Japan Ministry of Health reported a confirmed Covid-19 case   Covid-19
17 Jan 2020Second Covid-19 death reported in Wuhan, China  Covid-19
17 Jan 2020Three US airports announced they would start screening passengers arriving from Wuhan  Covid-19
20 Jan 2020Third Covid-19 death recorded in Wuhan and more than 200 infections reported outside Hubei province  Covid-19
20 Jan 2020Chinese infectious disease expert confirmed Covid-19 spread by human to human contact  Covid-19
20 Jan 2020Asian countries introduced mandatory screenings at airports for all people arriving from high-risk areas of China to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by in  Covid-19
20 Jan 2020China reported its death toll from Covid-19 had risen to 17 and number of cases to be 550  Covid-19
22 Jan 2020Mice experiments indicate gene therapy could provide long-lasting protection against different chemical nerve agentsBetapudi, Goswami, Silayeva, Doctor, ChilukuriUS Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical DefenseGene therapy
22 Jan 2020Many European airports introduced measures to check passengers arriving from Wuhan  Covid-19
23 Jan 2020Three cities in Hubei province (Wuhan, Xiantao and Chibi) placed under quarantine and all air and rail departures from the cities suspended  Covid-19
23 Jan 2020First Covid-19 death reported outside Hubei province - in Beijing  Covid-19
23 Jan 2020WHO announced Covid-19 outbreak was not yet an international public health emergency and outside China there was no evidence the virus spread between humans   Covid-19
24 Jan 2020Number of Chinese cities under lock down in Hubei province rose to 13, affecting 41 million people  Covid-19
25 Jan 2020Hong Kong declared a public health emergency, cancelled Lunar New Year celebrations and restricted links to mainland China  Covid-19
26 Jan 2020Travel restrictions were imposed on five more Chinese cities in Hubei province, bringing the total number affected to 56 million  Covid-19
26 Jan 2020New Covid-19 cases confirmed in the US, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and South Korea  Covid-19
30 Jan 2020WHO declared Covid-19 to be a global emergency  Covid-19
31 Jan 2020First Covid-19 cases reported in Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom  Covid-19

11 Jan 2020

China officially announced its first Covid-19 death

13 Jan 2020

WHO reported the first case of Covid-19 in Thailand - the first one outside China

16 Jan 2020

Japan Ministry of Health reported a confirmed Covid-19 case

17 Jan 2020

Second Covid-19 death reported in Wuhan, China

17 Jan 2020

Three US airports announced they would start screening passengers arriving from Wuhan

20 Jan 2020

Third Covid-19 death recorded in Wuhan and more than 200 infections reported outside Hubei province

20 Jan 2020

Chinese infectious disease expert confirmed Covid-19 spread by human to human contact

20 Jan 2020

Asian countries introduced mandatory screenings at airports for all people arriving from high-risk areas of China to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by in

20 Jan 2020

China reported its death toll from Covid-19 had risen to 17 and number of cases to be 550

22 Jan 2020

Mice experiments indicate gene therapy could provide long-lasting protection against different chemical nerve agents

22 Jan 2020

Many European airports introduced measures to check passengers arriving from Wuhan

23 Jan 2020

Three cities in Hubei province (Wuhan, Xiantao and Chibi) placed under quarantine and all air and rail departures from the cities suspended

23 Jan 2020

First Covid-19 death reported outside Hubei province - in Beijing

23 Jan 2020

WHO announced Covid-19 outbreak was not yet an international public health emergency and outside China there was no evidence the virus spread between humans

24 Jan 2020

Number of Chinese cities under lock down in Hubei province rose to 13, affecting 41 million people

25 Jan 2020

Hong Kong declared a public health emergency, cancelled Lunar New Year celebrations and restricted links to mainland China

26 Jan 2020

Travel restrictions were imposed on five more Chinese cities in Hubei province, bringing the total number affected to 56 million

26 Jan 2020

New Covid-19 cases confirmed in the US, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and South Korea

30 Jan 2020

WHO declared Covid-19 to be a global emergency

31 Jan 2020

First Covid-19 cases reported in Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom

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