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In December, a pneumonia-like disease, dubbed COVID-19, emerged in Wuhan, China. Since then, it's spread to every populous continent and infected thousands around the world — though the vast majority of confirmed cases and fatalities still fall within China.

The coronavirus claimed its first life on January 10, and since then the death toll has climbed at an alarming and accelerating rate. All in all, COVID-19 has a relatively low mortality rate, and many of the casualties were older.

We've plotted the death toll over time to help illustrate the rising mortality from the virus. This story and its embedded graph will be updated as we learn more and time goes on. For more context and information, we're also tracking the outbreak with this timeline.


January 10: The New York Times

January 17: Reuters

January 18: South China Morning Post

January 19: Reuters 

January 21: BNO News

January 22: The Beijing News

January 23: National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China

January 24: CNBC

January 25: BNO News

January 26: The BBC

January 27: The Beijing News

January 28:

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February 1: South China Morning Post

February 2: BNO News

February 3:

February 4: The Guardian

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