Natural Disasters & Epidemics
Wednesday, 29 November 2023
2020 nY Governor Andrew Cuomo says â€œI believe the worst is over if we continue to be smart,â€ about the COVID-19 pandemic in New York as death toll passes 10,000
2020 German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns this is "not the end phase but still just the beginning" of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
2020 Barack Obama criticizes the US government's handling of the pandemic during an online address to graduates, saying officials "aren't even pretending to be in charge"
2020 UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet says pandemic exposing "endemic inequalities" around the world, cites death of George Floyd and higher death toll for ethnic minorities
2020 nY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces people arriving from nine states hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic will have to isolate for two weeks
2020 PM Boris Johnson announces that the UK has reached a 'perilous turning point' in the pandemic as he announces new restrictions
2020 persian Gulf crisis: Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 is mistakenly shot down by Iran's armed forces shortly after takeoff from Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, killing all 176 people on board.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The World Health Organization (WHO) declares the outbreak of the disease as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the sixth time that this measure has been invoked since 2009
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The World Health Organization (WHO) names the disease COVID-19
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Italy places 16 million people in quarantine, more than a quarter of its population, in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The government of Nepal announces that Mount Everest will be closed to climbers and the public for the rest of the season due to concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] European leaders close the EU's external and Schengen borders for at least 30 days in an effort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The Euro 2020 and 2020 Copa AmÃ©rica association football tournaments are postponed until the summer of 2021 by UEFA and CONMEBOL respectively.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The European Broadcasting Union announces that the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be cancelled due to COVID-19 in Europe, the first cancellation in the contest's 64-year history.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Solidarity trial, a WHO-sponsored group dedicated to finding a cure against COVID-19, is announced by Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 10,000 as the total number of cases reaches a quarter of a million.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Bhadla Solar Park is commissioned and becomes world's largest solar park
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] India goes into lockdown to contain COVID-19. The total number of people in the world facing some form of pandemic-related movement restriction now exceeds 2.6 billion, a third of the global population
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reports that the domestically transmitted epidemic was "basically blocked" and it is now under control.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The International Olympic Committee and Japan suspend the 2020 Summer Olympics until 2021. On March 30, the Summer Olympics are rescheduled from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Global COVID-19 cases reach 500,000, with nearly 23,000 deaths confirmed.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Militants in the Philippines, Syria, Yemen, and Libya agree to U.N. Secretary-General AntÃ³nio Guterres' call for a ceasefire; some accept medical aid for themselves and civilians in their communities. Guterres also asked wealthy countries to provide $2 billion to aid in fighting the virus. Colombia and Venezuela discussed a common response to the global pandemic, and the UAE airlifts aid to Iran
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] China reports 130 asymptomatic cases of COVID-19, its first reported asymptomatic cases.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Yemen's internationally recognised government releases more than 470 of its prisoners amid concerns of the spread of the virus in Yemen's overcrowded jails. The United Nations Human Rights Council has called for the release of all political prisoners
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 1 million worldwide
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The first case of COVID-19 in a zoo animal is reported: a four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] King Mohammed VI of Morocco pardons 5,654 prisoners and orders new measures to protect inmates from COVID-19
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] YouTube says it will remove videos promoting a conspiracy theory linking 5G to COVID-19, while "borderline content" will be removed from search results. The decision comes after four more mobile phone masts are set on fire, and broadband engineers have received threats, in several UK cities.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] Japan declares a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and finalises a stimulus package worth 108 trillion yen (US$990 billion), equal to 20% of the country's GDP
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] China ends the lockdown in Wuhan, with people allowed to leave the city for the first time in 76 days.
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The Saudi-led coalition declares a unilateral ceasefire in its operations against Houthi forces in Yemen in accordance with United Nations-led efforts.
2020 Kivu Ebola epidemic: The Democratic Republic of the Congo reports the first case of Ebola since February 2020. The outbreak has killed more than 2,200 people since August 2018
2020 [COVID-19 pandemic] The death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 100,000 globally, a ten-fold increase from March 20.