More than one million people around the world have now died from the virus in the past nine months
There are now more than one million global deaths attributed to COVID-19 since the virus was first reported in December 2019, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
On 31 December last year, the World Health Organization announced that pneumonia of an unknown cause had been reported to WHO China Office.
Less than two weeks later, the unknown virus was pinned down as a “novel coronavirus”, with the WHO issuing its first guidance for countries to detect and respond to the new threat.
The first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outside of China was confirmed on 13 January, in Thailand.
The virus moved quickly. On 25 January, the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was confirmed in Australia, with Health Minister Greg Hunt announcing the patient, a man from Wuhan, flew to Melbourne from Guandong on 19 January.
Meanwhile on 12 February, WHO announced that the 2019-nCoV disease was officially named COVID-19.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨
“We now have a name for the #2019nCoV disease:
I’ll spell it: C-O-V-I-D hyphen one nine – COVID-19″
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 11, 2020
Global cases skyrocketed over the next several months, and as of 30 September sits at over 33.6 million, according to JHU
The highest number of cases has been seen in the United States, with the country clocking over 7 million cases and over 205,000 deaths.
India follows with 6.2 million cases (97,497 deaths), Brazil with 4.7 million (142,921 deaths) and Russia with over 1.1 million cases (20,456 deaths).
So far Australia is faring comparatively well, counting just over 27 thousand cases and 882 deaths as of 30 September.