Experts believe the novel coronavirus began infecting humans in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in China's Hubei Province. After an 11-week lockdown, Wuhan lifted restrictions on outgoing travel on April 8 after reporting a dramatic decrease in cases.
This timeline shows the major events and actions taken in Hubei Province at the start of the outbreak alongside a graph showing the growth of COVID-19 cases in the region over time. Dots on the timeline show key events – hover over these dots to see additional details about each event. Yellow bars show the total number of confirmed cases and the line shows total number of deaths. Our data starts being collected on January 23, when the counts of death cases was 17.
By March 10, the number of new cases reported per day had fallen to less than 20, suggesting the outbreak had largely come under control in the region.