Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020

Animated map showing confirmed COVID-19 cases spreading from 22 January ( high resolution)
Date when first case in each first-level administration was reported

This article documents the chronology and epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 in March 2020, the virus which causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. The first human cases of COVID-19 were identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Case statistics

Pandemic chronology

1 March

WHO Situation Report 41:[1]

  • Armenia confirmed its first case, a 29-year-old man returning from Iran.[2]
  • Australia confirmed the first death in the country, a 78-year-old man from the cruise ship Diamond Princess.[3] One additional case was confirmed, bringing the total number to 26.[4]
  • Austria confirmed four more cases, bringing the total number to 14.[5]
  • Bahrain confirmed six more cases, bringing the total number to 47.[6]
  • Canada confirmed four new cases in Ontario, bringing the total number to 24. All four had travel history to Iran or Egypt.[7]
  • China confirmed 573 new cases; 570 of which were in Hubei province, bringing the total number to 79,824. Deaths increased by 35 to a total of 2,870.[8]
  • Czech Republic confirmed the first three cases in the country, individuals that had travelled from Northern Italy.[9]
  • Dominican Republic confirmed its first case, a 62-year-old Italian tourist.[10]
  • Ecuador confirmed five more cases, bringing the total to six.[11][12]
  • Egypt confirmed one more case, bringing the total number to 2.[13]
  • Finland confirmed two more cases related to woman diagnosed on 27 February, bringing the total number to 6.[14]
  • France confirmed 30 more cases, bringing the total number to 130.[15]
  • Germany confirmed 63 more cases, bringing the total number to 129.[16]
  • Hong Kong confirmed three more cases, bringing the total number to 98.[17]
  • Iran confirmed 385 new cases with 11 more deaths, bringing the total number to 978 and 54 respectively.[18] A total of 23 members of Parliament of Iran, about 8%, had tested positive for the virus.[19]
  • Iraq confirmed six more cases, bringing the total number to 19.[20]
  • Israel confirmed three more cases, bringing the total number to 10.[21]
  • Italy confirmed 566 new cases and five deaths, bringing the total number to 1,694 and 34 respectively.[22]
  • Japan confirmed another death from the coronavirus, bringing the total to 6.[23]
  • Malaysia confirmed four more cases, bringing the total number to 29.[24]
  • Mexico confirmed one additional case, bringing the total number to 5.[25]
  • The Netherlands confirmed three more cases, bringing the total number to 10.[26]
  • Saint Barthélemy confirmed its first case.[27]
  • Saint Martin confirmed its first case.[27]
  • San Marino confirmed seven more cases, bringing the total number to 8. The first death was also confirmed.[28]
  • Scotland confirmed its first case.[29]
  • Singapore confirmed four more cases, bringing the total number to 106.[30]
  • South Korea confirmed 376 more cases, bringing the total number to 3,526. Another 210 cases were later confirmed with the 18th death reported, bringing the total number to 3,736.[31]
  • Spain confirmed 26 more cases, bringing the total number to 84.[32] Spain also confirmed its first death due to the outbreak, in Valencia.[33]
  • Sweden confirmed one more case, bringing the total number to 14.[34]
  • Thailand confirmed its first death from the coronavirus, a 35-year-old retail worker who also had dengue fever.[35]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed an additional thirteen cases of the virus, including one person from Essex who had not travelled to any country previously affected by the virus, bringing the total in the country to 35.[36]
  • The United States reported the second confirmed death in Washington state. The first cases in Rhode Island, Florida, and New York were confirmed. The authorities confirmed 21 more cases in total, bringing the number to 89.[37][38]

2 March

WHO Situation Report 42:[39]

  • Andorra confirmed its first case.[40]
  • Australia confirmed four new cases, bringing the total number to 30, including its first human-to-human transmission.[41]
  • Bahrain confirmed two more cases, bringing the total number to 49.[42]
  • Canada confirmed three more cases, all in Ontario, bringing the total number to 27.[43]
  • China confirmed 202 new cases, bringing the total number to 80,026. Deaths increased by 42 to a total of 2,912.[44]
  • France confirmed 61 more cases, bringing the total number to 191. The third death was also reported.[45]
  • Germany confirmed 21 more cases, bringing the total number to 150.[46]
  • India reported its first cases since the initial outbreak. One case was detected in New Delhi, while the other was from Telangana. Another confirmed case was later detected in Jaipur, bringing the total number to 6.[47][48]
  • Indonesian president Joko Widodo announced the first two confirmed cases in the country.[49] The two people contracted the virus from a Japanese in Depok, who later tested positive in Malaysia. The mother and daughter are now hospitalised in North Jakarta.[50][51]
  • Iran's total cases rose to 1,501 with 66 deaths.[52]
  • Iraq confirmed two more cases, bringing the total number to 21.[53]
  • Ireland Tourism authorities announced that one of the largest annual events, the 2020 Dublin St Patricks Day Parade, was cancelled.[54]
  • Israel confirmed two more cases, bringing the total number to 12.[55]
  • Italy confirmed 342 new cases and 18 deaths, bringing the total number to 2,064 and 52, respectively.[56]
  • Jordan confirmed its first case.[57]
  • Kuwait confirmed ten more cases, bringing the total number to 56.[58]
  • Latvia confirmed its first case, a woman who had flown from Milan to Riga through Munich.[59]
  • Morocco confirmed its first case.[60]
  • The Netherlands confirmed eight new cases, bringing the total number to 18.[61]
  • Portugal confirmed its first two cases, one of whom had returned from Italy, the other from Spain.[62]
  • Qatar confirmed four new cases, taking their total to 7.[63]
  • Russia confirmed one additional case, bringing the total to 6 cases.[64]
  • Saudi Arabia confirmed their first case in a citizen who had travelled to Iran and returned to Saudi Arabia via Bahrain.[65]
  • Senegal confirmed its first case, where the person had recently travelled from France.[66]
  • Singapore confirmed two more cases, bringing the total number to 108.[67]
  • South Korea confirmed 476 more cases, bringing the total number to 4,212. Four more deaths were confirmed, bringing the total to 22.[68] Another 123 cases were later confirmed, bringing the total number to 4,335.[69]
  • Spain confirmed 36 more cases, bringing the total number to 120.[70]
  • Sweden confirmed one more case, bringing the total number to 15.[71]
  • Taiwan confirmed one additional case, bringing the total to 41 cases.[72]
  • Thailand confirmed one more case, bringing the total number to 43.[73]
  • Tunisia confirmed its first case.[74]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed three additional cases, taking the total to 39. An original fourth diagnosis of positive of a person was confirmed later as negative.[75]
  • The United States confirmed 13 more cases, bringing the total number to 102. Five more deaths were also confirmed, bringing the total number to 6.[76]

3 March

WHO Situation Report 43:[77]

  • Argentina confirmed its first case, a person who had recently returned from Italy.[78]
  • Australia confirmed eight more cases, bringing the total number to 38.[79]
  • Canada confirmed six more cases, two in Ontario and four in British Columbia, bringing the total to 33.[80][81][82]
  • Chile confirmed its first case.[83]
  • China confirmed 125 new cases, the lowest number of new cases since January, bringing the total number to 80,151. 31 new deaths were also confirmed, bringing the total to 2,943.[84]
  • Ecuador confirmed three more cases, bringing the total number to 10.
  • France confirmed 21 more cases, bringing the total number to 212. The fourth death was also reported.[85]
  • Germany confirmed 38 more cases, bringing the total number to 188.[86]
  • Gibraltar confirmed its first case, a person who had travelled back from Northern Italy via Malaga airport.[87]
  • Iran confirmed that 23 MPs were diagnosed with the virus.[88] The country confirmed 835 more cases with 11 more deaths, bringing the total number to 2,336 and 77, respectively.[89]
  • Ireland confirmed one more case, bringing the total number to 2.[90]
  • Italy confirmed 466 new cases and 28 deaths, bringing the total number to 2,502 and 80, respectively.[91]
  • Liechtenstein confirmed its first case.[92]
  • Malaysia confirmed seven more cases, bringing the total number to 36.[93]
  • San Marino confirmed two new cases, bringing the total number to 10.[94]
  • Singapore confirmed two more cases, bringing the total number to 110.[95]
  • South Korea confirmed 600 more cases, bringing the total number to 4,812. 12 more deaths were also confirmed, bringing the total to 34.[96] 377 more cases were confirmed in the afternoon, along with two more deaths, taking total to 5,186 cases and 36 deaths.[97]
  • Spain confirmed the first death in the country, a person who died on 13 February, making him the earliest recorded death in Europe.[98] The country reported 31 more cases, bringing the total number to 151.[99]
  • Sweden confirmed 15 more cases, bringing the total number to 30.[100]
  • Ukraine confirmed its first case, a person having travelled from Italy via Romania.[101]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed 12 new cases, bringing the total number to 51.[102]
  • The United States confirmed three more deaths, bringing the total to 9.[103] The first case of coronavirus in North Carolina was reported, coming from the nursing home in Washington state responsible for the first deaths from the virus.[104] Another case in Florida was presumptively confirmed positive, bringing the total number of Floridian cases to three.[105] The number of cases stood at 126, increasing by 24 from 102.

4 March

WHO Situation Report 44:[106]

  • Brazil confirmed two more cases, bringing the total number to 4.[107]
  • Canada confirmed one more case in British Columbia, bringing the total number to 34.[108]
  • China confirmed 119 new cases, bringing the total number to 80,270. 38 new deaths were also confirmed, bringing the total to 2,981.[109]
  • Faroe Islands confirmed its first case.[110]
  • France confirmed 73 more cases, bringing the total number to 285.[111]
  • Germany confirmed 52 more cases, bringing the total number to 240.[112]
  • Hong Kong confirmed a case of human-to-animal transmission involving a pet dog.[113]
  • Hungary confirmed its first cases, two Iranian students who were asymptomatic.[114]
  • India confirmed 23 more cases, including 15 Italian tourists, bringing the total number to 29.[115][116]
  • Iraq confirmed its first death from the coronavirus.[117]
  • Italy confirmed 28 more deaths, bringing the total to 107. This made it the highest jump in a single day. The country confirmed 587 new cases, bringing the total number to 3,089.[118]
  • Cases in Japan had topped the 1,000 mark (including 706 cases on the cruise ship Diamond Princess which the World Health Organization classifies as being located "on an international conveyance" and not in Japan) with the first confirmed case in Yamaguchi prefecture.[119]
  • Malaysia confirmed 14 more cases, bringing the total number to 50.[120]
  • New Zealand confirmed its second case of the coronavirus. The infected individual had returned the previous week from Italy with her family on an Air New Zealand flight from Singapore to Auckland.[121]
  • Poland confirmed its first case.[122]
  • San Marino confirmed five more cases, bringing the total number to 15.[123]
  • Singapore confirmed two more cases, bringing the total number to 112.[124]
  • Slovenia confirmed its first case, a person who had travelled through Italy.[125]
  • South Korea confirmed 516 more cases, bringing the total number to 5,328.[126] Another 293 cases were confirmed in the afternoon, bringing the total number to 5,621.[127]
  • Sweden confirmed 22 more cases, bringing the total number to 52.[128]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed 34 new cases, then Northern Ireland confirmed an additional two, bringing the total number to 87.[129]
  • The United States confirmed 11 total deaths, with the first death outside of Washington state in California. California's total of infections has jumped to 51.[130] The country confirmed 33 new cases, bringing the total number to 159.

5 March

WHO Situation Report 45:[131]

  • Algeria confirmed nine additional cases, bringing the total number to 17.[132]
  • Belgium confirmed 27 new cases, bringing the total number to 50.[133]
  • Brazil confirmed three new cases, bringing the total to 8.[134]
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina confirmed the first two cases in the country.[135]
  • Canada confirmed 11 new cases in Ontario, and the first one in Alberta, bringing the total to 45.[136]
  • China confirmed 139 new cases, bringing the total number to 80,409. 31 new deaths were also confirmed (all in Hubei), bringing the total to 3,012.[137]
  • Ecuador confirmed three more cases, bringing the total number to 13.[138]
  • Egypt confirmed the first case in an Egyptian national, who had recently travelled from Serbia via France.[139]
  • France registered 92 new confirmed cases, taking the total number of cases to 377. It also saw deaths rise from 4 to 6.[140] This then rose to 423 total cases and 7 deaths.[141] Jean-Luc Reitzer, was the first Assembly member to be diagnosed with the virus.[142]
  • Georgia confirmed five new cases, all of whom had recently returned from Italy.[143]
  • Germany confirmed 87 new cases, taking it to a total of 349.[144]
  • Greece confirmed its tenth case.[145] It later confirmed an additional 21 cases, taking it to a total of 31.[146]
  • India confirmed one more case, bringing the total number to 30.[147]
  • Iran saw its largest daily increase in cases, with 591 new cases, taking it to a total of 3,513 confirmed cases. It also saw 15 new deaths, increasing its total to 107.[148] Hossein Sheikholeslam, a diplomat and a former member of parliament and Iran's former ambassador to Syria died from the virus.[149]
  • Ireland confirmed six new cases, bringing the total number to 13.[150]
  • Israel confirmed two new cases, bringing the total to 17. And of these was a bus driver from East Jerusalem who drove a group of Greek tourists in Israel and the West Bank, the other having recently returned from Italy.[151]
  • Italy reported 769 new cases and 41 new deaths, bringing the total number to 3,850 and 148 respectively.[152]
  • Malaysia confirmed five more cases, bringing the total number to 55.[153]
  • Martinique confirmed its first two cases.[154]
  • The Netherlands confirmed 44 new cases, bringing the total number to 82.[155]
  • New Zealand confirmed its third case, an Auckland man who had contracted the virus after family members had returned from a trip to Iran. Relatives of the man at two Auckland schools, Auckland Grammar School and Ormiston Junior College, had also been placed into isolation.[156][157]
  • Norway confirmed six new cases, bringing the total number to 66.[158]
  • Pakistan confirmed a sixth case, a 69-year-old man in Karachi.[159]
  • Palestine reported its first cases in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Seven staff at a hotel were reported to be infected by visiting tourists from Greece.[160] These tourists were the same ones who the Israeli bus driver was infected from.[151]
  • Russia confirmed one more case, bringing the total number to 7.[161]
  • Saudi Arabia confirmed three additional cases, bringing the total number to 5.[162]
  • Scotland confirmed three more cases, bringing the total to 6.[163]
  • Singapore confirmed five more cases, bringing the total number to 117.[164]
  • South Africa records its first case in the KwaZulu-Natal province.[165]
  • South Korea confirmed 145 more cases, bringing the total number to 5,766. The death toll had reached 35.[166] Another 322 more cases and 6 more deaths are confirmed later in the afternoon, bringing the total to 6088 cases and 41 deaths respectively.[167]
  • Spain had confirmed that the total number of cases had risen to 234.[168]
  • Sweden confirmed 42 more cases, bringing the total number to 94.[169]
  • Switzerland reported its first death from the virus.[170]
  • The United Kingdom's total increased to 90. The UK also later confirmed the total number of cases had increased further up to 116, as well as recording the first death in the country, an older person with underlying health conditions.[171]
  • One additional death in Washington state brought the U.S. total to 12.[172] The United States saw a significant increase in cases, with 31 new cases in Washington state.[173] In New York state, cases doubled to 22.[174] Colorado's first two cases were confirmed.[175] In total, the US confirmed 69 more cases, bringing the total number to 228. Three more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 14.[citation needed]

6 March

WHO Situation Report 46:[176]

  • Austria announced 13 new cases, taking its total to 55.[citation needed]
  • Belgium confirmed 59 new cases, bringing the total to 109.[177]
  • Bhutan announced its first case, an American tourist who had recently also travelled to India after leaving the United States on 18 February.[178][179]
  • Brazil confirmed five new cases, bringing the total number to 13.[180]
  • Cameroon confirmed its first case, a French citizen.[181]
  • Canada confirmed four new cases in Ontario, bringing the total to 51 with 26 from Ontario. A husband and wife returned from the cruise ship Grand Princess in California and two men returned from Iran and Las Vegas.[182][183]
  • China confirmed 143 new cases, bringing the total number to 80,552. 30 new deaths were also confirmed, bringing the total to 3,042. Hubei had no cases as a result.[184][185] In addition, the country detected 4 new cases in Beijing, all visiting Italian nationals.[186]
  • Colombia confirmed its first case, a woman who recently travelled from Italy.[187]
  • Costa Rica has confirmed its first case involving an American from New York.[188]
  • Egypt confirmed 12 additional cases, bringing the total number to 15.[189]
  • France confirmed 190 new cases and two additional deaths, bringing the total to 613 cases and 9 deaths.[citation needed]
  • Germany confirmed 185 new cases, taking it to a total of 534.[190] 105 more cases were later confirmed, bringing the total number to 639.[191]
  • The cruise ship Grand Princess announced it had 21 people on board testing positive.[citation needed]
  • Greece confirmed 14 additional cases.[citation needed]
  • Iceland confirmed six additional cases, bringing the total to 43.[192]
  • India confirmed one more case, bringing the total number to 31.[193]
  • Indonesia confirmed two more cases, bringing the total number to four.
  • Iran confirmed 1,234 new cases and 16 new deaths, taking its totals up to 4,747 cases and 124 deaths. They also reported 913 people had recovered.[194]
  • Italy announced 778 new cases and 49 new deaths.[195]
  • Malaysia confirmed 28 new cases,[196] the largest daily increase in the country's number of confirmed cases. This took the country's total to 83.[197]
  • The Netherlands reported its first death, and 44 new cases, bringing it to a total of 128 cases.[198]
  • New Zealand confirmed its fourth case: a man who is the partner of the second case confirmed on 3 March.[199][200]
  • North Macedonia confirmed two additional cases, taking its total to 3.[201]
  • Peru confirmed its first case.[202]
  • Poland confirmed four additional cases (two people that travelled from Italy, one person who travelled from United Kingdom and one person who travelled from Germany with the first case confirmed day earlier), taking their total to 5.[203]
  • Portugal confirmed four additional cases (three in Porto and one in Lisbon), bringing the total to 13. All three cases in Porto had a connection with Italy.[204][205]
  • Qatar confirmed three new cases, taking it to a total of 11.[206]
  • Russia confirmed six more cases, bringing the total number to 13.[207]
  • Serbia confirmed its first case.[208]
  • Singapore confirmed 13 new cases, bringing the total number to 130. This was the largest increase of cases in a single day so far.[209]
  • Slovakia confirmed its first case.[210]
  • South Korea confirmed 196 more cases, bringing the total number to 6,284. One more death was confirmed, bringing the total to 42.[211] Another 309 cases and another death were later confirmed, bringing the total to 6,593 and 43 respectively.[212]
  • Spain confirmed 104 additional cases, bringing the total number to 360.
  • Sweden confirmed 43 additional cases, bringing the total number to 137.[213]
  • Switzerland announced 123 additional cases, raising it to a total of 210 cases and one fatality.
  • Togo confirmed its first case.[214]
  • In the United Kingdom, the total number of cases were confirmed as 163, a rise of 47 and the highest day-on-day increase.[215]
  • In the United States, the first three cases were confirmed in the state of Maryland.[216] Two deaths in Florida were confirmed.[217] Officials in the US state of Hawaii have confirmed their first case, a former passenger of the cruise ship Grand Princess.[218] In total, the US confirmed 104 more cases, bringing the total number to 332. One more death in Washington State plus two in Florida brought the total number of U.S. deaths to 17.[219][220] In California, a Santa Clara County resident died at home, whose death was attributed later in April to Covid-19.[221] WHO has different data: 19 new cases, 148 in total. 1 new death, 10 in total.[176]
  • The Vatican City confirmed its first case.[222]
  • Vietnam confirmed one more case, bringing the total number to 17. It was the first case in three weeks.[223]

7 March

WHO Situation Report 47:[224]

  • Afghanistan confirmed three additional cases, taking the total to 4.[225]
  • Argentina confirmed its first death, also the first in South America, a 64-year-old man who had travelled to Paris.[226]
  • Bahrain confirmed 19 new cases, taking the total number to 79.[227]
  • Belgium confirmed 60 additional cases, bringing the total number to 169.[228]
  • Brazil confirmed six new cases of COVID-19, raising the total number to 19.[229]
  • Canada confirmed six additional cases, taking the total to 57.[230]
  • Egypt confirmed 33 new cases on a Nile cruise ship.[231]
  • France's total rose to 949 cases and 16 deaths.[232]
  • Germany confirmed 45 new cases, taking it to a total of 684.[233] Another 116 cases were later confirmed, bringing the total number to 800.[234]
  • Iran confirmed 1,076 new cases and 21 additional deaths, taking it to a total of 5,823 infected and 145 dead. They also confirmed 16,000 cases were hospitalised as suspect cases and 1,669 cases had recovered.[235] Another MP, Fatemeh Rahbar, died. She had recently been elected to the parliament.[236]
  • Iraq confirmed 8 new cases taking the total to 46.[237]
  • Italy confirmed 1,247 new cases and 36 new deaths.[citation needed]
  • Maldives confirmed its first cases, two overseas hotel employees.[238]
  • Malaysia confirmed 10 more new cases, bringing the total number to 93.[239]
  • Malta reported its first three cases, an Italian family who were residents in Malta. They had gone on holiday to northern Italy and had been in self-quarantine before being tested for the coronavirus. They were now in isolation at Mater Dei Hospital.[240]
  • Moldova confirmed its first case, a person taken to hospital after arriving on a flight from Italy.[241]
  • New Zealand confirmed its fifth case of the coronavirus: a woman who was the partner of the third COVID-19 case confirmed in New Zealand.[242]
  • Palestine confirms 22 cases.[243]
  • Paraguay confirmed its first case.[244]
  • Peru confirmed five more cases, bringing the total to six.[245]
  • Poland confirmed an additional case, bringing the total to 6.[246]
  • Singapore confirmed eight more cases, bringing the total number to 138.[247]
  • South Korea confirmed 174 more cases and one more death, bringing the total number to 6,767 and 44 respectively.[248] Another 274 new cases and 4 new deaths were later confirmed, taking the total to 7,041 and 48 respectively.[249]
  • Spain confirmed 70 new cases and 2 deaths. The total number of cases was now 516 cases.[250]
  • The United Arab Emirates confirmed 15 additional cases, taking its total to 45.[251]
  • In the United Kingdom, 42 additional cases and one additional death were confirmed, taking the total to 206 cases and 2 deaths.[252] 3 additional cases were confirmed in Northern Ireland later in the day,[253] taking the total to 209 cases.
  • In the United States, the number of deaths rose to 19 with 16 in Washington,[254] 1 in California, and 2 in Florida.[255] The total for the country increased to 444 confirmed cases.[256] WHO has different data: 65 new confirmed cases, totalling 213. And 1 new death, 11 in total.[224]
  • Vietnam confirmed three new cases, bringing the total number to 20.[257]

8 March

WHO Situation Report 48:[258]

  • Albania confirmed the first two cases in the country.[259]
  • Austria confirmed 25 additional cases, taking its total to 104.[260]
  • Bahrain confirmed 17 new cases, taking the total to 94.[261]
  • Bangladesh confirmed its first three cases, two people who had come from Italy separately, and a contact of one of the cases.[262]
  • Belgium confirmed 31 additional cases, bringing the total number to 200.[263]
  • Brazil confirmed six new cases of COVID-19, raising the total number in the country to 25.[264]
  • Bulgaria confirmed its first four cases.[265][266]
  • Canada confirmed 12 new cases, bringing the total number to 69.[267]
  • Egypt confirmed its first death (and the first death in Africa) – a German national who was hospitalised on 1 March and then suffered respiratory failure caused by acute pneumonia on 7 March.[268]
  • France confirmed that the number of cases had risen to 1,126 and 19 deaths.[269] Elisabeth Toutut-Picard became the second Assembly member to be diagnosed with the virus.[270]
  • Germany's cases rose to over 1,000 with 1,018 cases confirmed.[271]
  • Hong Kong confirmed four new cases, taking the total to 114, and a third death.[272]
  • India confirmed five additional cases, all in Kerala. This took the country's total up to 39.[273]
  • Indonesia confirmed two additional cases, taking them to 6 cases. One of the new cases was a male crew member from the Diamond Princess.[274]
  • Iran confirmed 49 additional deaths, the highest daily toll in the country, taking it to a total of 194 deaths.[275] Total cases had risen to 6,566, an increase of 743.
  • Israel confirmed 11 additional cases, taking its total to 29.[276]
  • Italy confirmed an additional 1,492 cases and 133 deaths, taking it to a total of 7,375 cases and 366 deaths.[277]
  • Kuwait confirmed an additional case, taking its total to 62.[278]
  • Latvia confirmed an additional case.[279]
  • Lebanon confirmed four more cases, bringing the total number to 32.[280]
  • Malaysia confirmed six new cases, bringing the total to 99.[281]
  • Poland confirmed two additional cases, taking the total to 8. In the evening, three more cases were confirmed, bringing the total number to 11.[282]
  • Portugal confirmed four additional cases.[283]
  • Qatar confirmed three additional cases, taking their total to 15.[284]
  • Saudi Arabia confirmed four additional cases, bringing the total number to 11.[285]
  • Singapore confirmed 12 new cases, bringing the total number to 150.[286]
  • Spain announced the new total was 616 cases, along with 17 deaths, an increase of seven.[287]
  • South Africa confirmed its third case, the wife of the first diagnosed case.[288]
  • South Korea confirmed an additional 93 new cases, taking its total to 7,134[289] and two additional deaths, taking the total to 50.[290] Another 179 cases were later confirmed, bringing the total to 7,313.[291]
  • Switzerland confirmed there are now 332 confirmed cases, with all those people placed in isolation. There had been two deaths.[292]
  • The United Kingdom announced an increase of 64 new cases, taking it to a total of 273 cases.[293] The UK also confirmed the third death in the country.[294] Five new cases were additionally confirmed in Northern Ireland.[295]
  • The United States confirmed 120 more cases, bringing the total number to 564. Two more deaths were confirmed, bringing the total number to 21.[296] According to WHO, the number of confirmed cases was 213, total deaths 11. No new cases, no new deaths were recorded.[258]
  • Vietnam confirmed ten more cases, bringing the total number to 30.[297][298]

9 March

WHO Situation Report 49:[299]

  • Australia's number of confirmed cases rose to 80, with six additional cases.[300]
  • Bahrain confirmed an additional 24 cases, taking the total to 118.[301]
  • Belgium confirmed 39 additional cases, bringing the total number to 239.[302]
  • Brazil confirmed five new cases in the state of Rio de Janeiro, raising the total number to 30.[303]
  • Brunei's health ministry confirmed a first case of a local man who returned from Kuala Lumpur on 3 March. Symptoms began on 7 March and preliminary tests indicate the person is positive.[304]
  • Canada recorded its first COVID-19-related death.[305] The country also confirmed ten more cases, bringing the total number to 79.[306]
  • Colombia confirmed two additional cases.[307]
  • Cyprus confirmed its first two cases.[308]
  • Finland confirmed seven new cases, bringing the total number to 30.[309]
  • France saw Guillaume Vuilletet and Sylvie Tolmont confirmed as infected deputies,[310] before Michèle Victory became the fifth deputy of the Assembly to be diagnosed with the virus.[311] The number of cases increased to 1,412.[312] It was also confirmed that the culture minister, Franck Riester, had tested positive.[313]
  • Germany reported its first deaths with two fatalities. Cases increased to 1,176.[314]
  • Guernsey confirmed its first case.[315]
  • Hungary confirmed two new cases.[316]
  • India confirmed five additional cases, taking the total to 44.[317]
  • Indonesia confirmed 13 additional cases, bringing the total number to 19.[318]
  • Iran announced an update to the total cases to 7,161, with a revised number of deaths to 237. New infections are 595 new cases and 43 additional deaths. Those recovered has reached 2,394.[319]
  • Ireland confirmed three additional cases, taking the country's total to 24.[citation needed]
  • Italy saw confirmed cases rise to 9,172 and deaths to 463.[320]
  • Kuwait announced three additional cases, taking it to a total of 65.[321]
  • Lebanon reported nine new cases, taking the total to 41.[citation needed]
  • Malaysia confirmed 18 new cases, taking it to 117.[322]
  • Malta confirmed its fourth case.[323]
  • The Netherlands announced 56 additional cases.[324]
  • Nigeria confirmed its second case, a Nigerian who had contact with the Italian first case.[325]
  • Norway declared 11 additional cases. By the end of the day 227 cases had been confirmed.[326]
  • Oman reported two additional cases, both of whom had travelled to Iran. This took the country's total to 18, 17 of whom had travelled to Iran and one to Italy.[327]
  • Palestine confirmed five new cases in the West Bank.[328]
  • Panama announced its first COVID-19 case, a 40-year-old Panamanian woman from Spain.[329][330]
  • The Philippines confirmed 10 additional cases, doubling the current country count to 20.[331] Another four cases were later confirmed, bringing the total number to 24.[332]
  • Pakistan saw nine new cases, bringing the total number to 16.[333]
  • Poland confirmed five more cases, bringing the total number to 16.[citation needed]
  • Saudi Arabia confirmed four additional cases, increasing the total to 15.[334]
  • Scotland confirmed five additional case, bringing the total to 11.[citation needed]
  • Singapore confirmed 10 more cases, bringing the total number to 160.[335]
  • South Africa confirmed another four cases, bringing the total number to 7.[336]
  • South Korea confirmed 69 new cases and one more death, bringing the total to 7,382 and 51 respectively.[337] Another 96 cases were later confirmed, taking it to a total of 7,478.[338]
  • Spain's numbers increased to 1,231 cases with 30 deaths, with 32 people having recovered.[339]
  • Sweden confirmed 45 additional cases, taking its total to 203.[340] This later rose to 252 cases including the first confirmed local transmission case.
  • Switzerland confirmed 42 new cases, rising to a total of 374.[341]
  • The United Arab Emirates reported 14 additional cases, taking its total to 59. Four were Emiratis and the remainder from various other nationalities.[342]
  • The United Kingdom's confirmed cases increased by two, with the confirmation of cases in Wales.[343] Figures released in the afternoon showed the UK had risen to 317 cases. A fourth death was reported,[344] and then a fifth.
  • The United States confirmed 153 additional cases, bringing the total number to 717. Five more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 26.[345] According to WHO, the number of confirmed cases is 213, total deaths 11. No new cases, no new deaths were recorded.[299]
  • Vietnam confirmed an additional case, taking its total to 31.[346]

10 March

WHO Situation Report 50:[347]

  • Australia reported 14 new cases, taking the country to a total of 107.[citation needed]
  • Austria confirmed 25 additional cases, taking the total to 182.[348]
  • Bahrain confirmed one additional case, taking the total to 119.[349]
  • Belgium confirmed 28 new cases, bringing the total number to 267.[350]
  • Bolivia confirmed its first cases, two women who had been in Italy, arriving the country without showing any symptoms.[351]
  • Brazil confirmed four new cases, including the first case in Rio Grande do Sul, raising the total number to 34.[352]
  • Brunei confirmed five new cases, bringing the total to 6.[353][354][355]
  • Bulgaria confirmed two additional cases, bringing the total to 6.[356]
  • Burkina Faso confirmed its first cases with two infections, a couple who had returned from France in February.[357]
  • China saw only 19 new infections, 17 in Wuhan and 2 imported from overseas.[358] 17 deaths were reported in Hubei.[359]
  • Democratic Republic of Congo reported its first case, a foreigner who flew into Kinshasa from Belgium who tested positive on arrival and was isolated.[360] It was later confirmed by the Ministry of Health that the information they had originally released was incorrect and that the first case was rather a Congolese citizen returning From France, who had contacted the Health Services two days after his arrival in Congo and had been quarantined in a local neighbourhood.[361]
  • Denmark confirmed 174 additional cases, taking it to 264 cases (including two in the Faroe Islands).[362]
  • France saw cases rise to 1,784 people and 33 people dead, with 86 people in a serious condition.[363]
  • Georgia confirmed eight additional cases, bringing the total to 23.[364]
  • Germany's number of case rose to 1,565, with the death roll remaining at 2. 341 new cases were reported in the previous 24 hours.[365]
  • Greece confirmed five new cases, bringing the total number to 89.[366]
  • Hong Kong confirmed an additional five cases, taking the total to 120 confirmed and 1 assumed case.[367]
  • India saw 18 additional cases, many in Kerala, taking the total to 62.[368]
  • Indonesia confirmed eight more cases, bringing the total number to 27.[369][370]
  • Iran's confirmed cases rose by 881 to 8,042 and deaths rose by 54 to 291.[371][372]
  • Ireland reported 10 additional cases, bringing the total number to 34.[373]
  • Israel confirmed seven more cases, taking the total to 58.[374] The number of cases later shot up to 75.[375]
  • Italy confirmed 977 new cases and 168 more deaths, bringing the total to 10,149 and 631 respectively.[376][377]
  • Jamaica confirmed its first case, a Jamaican national who travelled to the country from the United Kingdom.[378]
  • Japan confirmed 59 new cases and three new deaths.[379]
  • Jersey confirmed its first case, a person who returned from Italy.[380]
  • Kuwait announced four additional cases, increasing the total number to 69.[381]
  • Lebanon confirmed its first death from the virus.[382]
  • Malaysia confirmed 12 additional cases, taking the total to 129.[383]
  • Moldova confirmed two additional cases, taking the total to 3. The male and female, have both visited Italy in late February.[384]
  • Mongolia announced its first COVID-19 case.[385]
  • Morocco confirmed its first death, and two additional cases.[386]
  • The Netherlands confirmed 61 additional cases and a fourth death.[387]
  • Northern Cyprus reported its first case, a 65-year-old German woman who was visiting as a tourist.[388]
  • Norway confirmed 147 new cases, with total cases now standing at 374.[389]
  • Panama announced its first death and seven new cases, bringing the total number to 8.[390][391]
  • Pakistan confirmed an additional case, bringing the total to 20.[citation needed]
  • Palestine recorded an additional case, taking the total to 26.[citation needed]
  • The Philippines confirmed nine more cases, bringing the total number to 33. This comes after the tally was erroneously reported as 35.[392]
  • Poland confirmed eight additional cases, taking the total to 22.[393]
  • Qatar confirmed six additional cases, taking it to 24 confirmed cases.[394]
  • Romania confirmed eight additional cases, bringing the total number to 25.[395]
  • Russia confirmed four additional cases, bringing the total to 17.[396]
  • San Marino confirmed 11 new cases, taking it to a total of 62 cases and two deaths.[citation needed]
  • Saudi Arabia confirmed ten additional cases, taking the total to 20.[397]
  • Scotland confirmed 7 new cases, bringing the total to 18.
  • Serbia confirmed three additional cases, taking the total to 5.[398]
  • Singapore confirmed six more cases, bringing the total number to 166.[399]
  • Slovenia confirmed 15 additional cases.[400]
  • South Korea confirmed 35 new cases and three more deaths, bringing the total to 7,513 and 54 respectively.[401]
  • Spain confirmed 415 new cases and five new deaths. The total number of cases rose to 1,674.[402]
  • Sweden reported 78 new cases, taking the country's total to 326.[403]
  • Tunisia announced an additional three cases, taking the total to 5.[404]
  • Turkey confirmed its first case.[405]
  • The United Arab Emirates confirmed 15 additional cases, taking the total to 74.[406]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed 54 additional cases, taking it to 373 cases with the sixth confirmed death.[407][408] Later this increased to 382 cases with the nine additional cases in Wales.[409] Nadine Dorries, Health Minister, was diagnosed with the virus.[410]
  • The United States confirmed 283 additional cases, bringing the total number to 1,000. Five more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 31.[411]
  • Vietnam confirmed three new cases, bringing the total number to 34.[412]

11 March

WHO Situation Report 51:[413]

  • Albania reported three new cases, taking the country's total to 15. The first death in the country was also reported.[414]
  • Armenia confirmed three new cases, bringing the total number to 4.[415]
  • Australia reported 19 new cases, taking the country to a total of 126. American actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson were diagnosed with the illness during the filming of the Baz Luhrmann's upcoming-biographical film Elvis in Australia.[416]
  • Austria confirmed 24 additional cases, taking the total to 206.[417]
  • Bahrain confirmed 77 additional cases, citizens evacuated from Iran on a flight. This brought the country's total to 189.[418]
  • Belgium reported its first death.[citation needed]
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina confirmed seven additional cases.[419]
  • Brazil confirmed 34 additional cases, raising the total number to 69.[420]
  • Bulgaria reported its first death.[421] It also confirmed one additional case, bringing the total to 7.[citation needed]
  • China confirmed 11 new cases across the Mainland, in addition to 13 new cases and 22 new deaths in Hubei province.[422]
  • Colombia confirmed three additional cases, bringing the total to 6.[423] Later on the same day, three more cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 9.[424]
  • Cuba confirmed its first three cases.[425]
  • Denmark confirmed 180 additional cases, raising the total to 442.[426]
  • Egypt confirmed seven additional cases, six of whom were Egyptian. The country now had 67 cases of which eight have recovered.[427]
  • France reported 487 new cases and 15 fatalities, for a total of 2,281 cases and 48 deaths.[428]
  • French Polynesia reported its first case. The person is Maina Sage, a member of the French National Assembly.[429]
  • Georgia reported five additional cases, increasing the total to 23.
  • Germany saw its cases rise to 1,908.[430]
  • Greece confirmed 10 additional cases, taking the country's total to 99, 95 of whom were Greek and 4 were foreign nationals.[431]
  • Guyana confirmed its first two case, from a 52-year-old woman suffering from underlying health conditions, including diabetes and hypertension.[432] The woman died at the Georgetown Public Hospital.[433]
  • Honduras confirmed its first two cases, one from Spain and one from Switzerland.[434]
  • Indonesia confirmed seven more cases, bringing the total number to 34.[435] Its first death was also reported,[436][437] confirmed by the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a 53-year-old female British national.
  • Iran announced that there are now 9,000 infected, with 354 deaths. New infections were 958 with 63 additional deaths. Those recovered total 2,959.[438] Iran's first vice-president, Eshaq Jahangiri was reported infected.[439]
  • Ireland confirmed nine additional cases, bringing the total number to 43. The first death was also confirmed.[440]
  • Israel confirmed 97 cases.[441]
  • Italy announced 2,313 new cases and 196 new deaths. Total cases stood at 12,462, with deaths at 827.[442] It was also confirmed Juventus and Italian footballer Daniele Rugani had tested positive for coronavirus.[443]
  • Ivory Coast declared its first case, a local citizen who had recently been in Italy.[citation needed]
  • Kuwait reported three additional cases, bringing its total to 72.[444]
  • Lebanon recorded eight new cases, taking the total to 59, and a second death.[445]
  • Lithuania confirmed two additional cases, a married couple that came back from Italy, taking the total to 3 cases.[446]
  • Malaysia confirmed 20 additional cases, taking the total to 149.[447]
  • Maldives confirmed two additional cases.[448]
  • Morocco confirmed two additional cases, bringing the total to 5.[449]
  • The Netherlands' total increased to 503 cases, and one new death was reported.[450]
  • Norway confirmed 200 additional cases, taking the total number to 602.[451]
  • Paraguay confirmed three new cases.[452]
  • Panama confirmed several new cases, bringing the total to 14.[453]
  • The Philippines confirmed 16 additional cases, bringing the country's total to 49.[454] The second death was also confirmed.[455][456]
  • Portugal announced 18 new cases.[457]
  • Qatar reported six new cases, increasing the country's total to 24.[458] It later announced 238 new cases in expatriates who came in contact with three infected people, and had been quarantined.[459] The revised number of cases is now 262.
  • Réunion confirmed its first case.[460]
  • Romania confirmed 18 new cases, bringing the total to 47.[461]
  • Saudi Arabia reported an additional case, an Egyptian, taking the country's total to 21.[462]
  • Scotland confirmed 18 new cases, bringing the total number to 36.
  • Singapore confirmed 12 new cases, bringing the total number to 178.[463]
  • South Africa confirmed six more cases, taking the total to 13.[464]
  • South Korea confirmed 242 new cases and 6 new deaths, bringing the total to 7,755 and 60 respectively.[465][466]
  • Spain's cases rose to 2,231, with 54 confirmed deaths.[467]
  • Sri Lanka announced one additional case, bringing the total number to 2.[468]
  • Sweden reported 98 additional cases, taking the total to 500, and announced the first death in the country.[469]
  • Taiwan confirmed one additional case, raising the country's total to 48.[470]
  • Thailand confirmed six additional cases, taking the country's cases to 59.[471]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed an additional 86 cases, with its overall total now at 456. Two more deaths were confirmed, bringing the total to 8.[472] The number later increased to 460, with four cases declared in Wales, including the first instance of community transmission in Wales.[473]
  • The United States confirmed 272 additional cases, bringing the total number to 1,272. Seven more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 38.[474] The Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were diagnosed with the illness. As a result, the NBA suspended the entire season after the night's games. The Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder game was postponed after doctors reported Gobert had the illness.[475] In addition, Michigan confirmed its first two cases, raising concerns on the automobile industry's survival.[476]
  • Vietnam confirmed four additional cases, raising the country's total to 38.[477][478][479]
  • The World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic.[480] The declaration followed extensive criticism that the WHO response had been weak and inappropriately favourable toward the government of China.[481][482]

12 March

WHO Situation Report 52:[483]

  • Algeria confirmed five additional cases and the first death.[484]
  • Brazil confirmed 82 new cases, raising the total number to 149.[485][486]
  • Brunei reported five new cases, bringing the total number to 11.[487]
  • Bulgaria reported nine new cases from the capital, bringing the total number to 16. They later reported seven more cases, bringing the total number to 23.[citation needed]
  • China reports eight new cases and 11 deaths; representing a sharp drop in the number of transmissions and fatalities in China.[488][489]
  • Colombia confirmed four more cases, raising the total to 13.[490]
  • Egypt confirmed 13 new cases and one new death.[491]
  • France's total increased to 2,876 and 61 deaths.[492]
  • Germany announced 546 new cases and two additional deaths, taking the totals to 2,745 cases and 6 deaths.[493]
  • India confirmed its first death, a 76-year-old Indian national with existing health conditions, who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia.[494]
  • Italy confirmed 189 more deaths, bringing the total number to 1,016, and 2,651 new cases were also confirmed, bringing the total number to 15,113.[495]
  • Ireland confirmed 27 new cases, bringing the total to 70. 22 of the new cases were by local transmission.[496]
  • Japan reported a total of 624 cases, with 23 dead.[497]
  • Kuwait confirmed eight more cases, taking the total number to 80.[498]
  • Malaysia confirmed its first sporadic case after 600 tests.[499] Nine new cases were later confirmed, bringing the total number to 158.[500]
  • Norway reported its first death.[501]
  • The Philippines confirmed three more cases, bringing the total cases to 52.[502]
  • Romania confirmed one new case, bringing to total number to 48.[503]
  • San Marino reported 15 new cases and three additional deaths.[504]
  • Singapore confirmed nine more cases, bringing the total number to 187.[505]
  • South Korea confirmed 114 new cases and 6 new deaths, bringing the total to 7,869 and 66 respectively.[506]
  • Spain confirmed 782 new cases and 31 new deaths, raising the country's total to 3,059 cases and 86 dead.[citation needed]
  • Sri Lanka confirmed an additional case, taking the total number to 3.[507]
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines confirmed its first case.[508]
  • Switzerland confirmed 212 new cases and 2 additional deaths.[509]
  • Thailand confirmed 11 new cases, bringing the total to 70.[510]
  • Trinidad & Tobago confirmed its first case, a Swiss national.[citation needed]
  • Ukraine reported two new cases, bringing the total number to 3.[511]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed 136 new cases, bringing the total number to 596. Two more deaths were also confirmed, bringing the total to 10.[512] It was confirmed Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta had tested positive for COVID-19.[513]
  • The United States confirmed 373 additional cases, bringing the total number to 1,645. Three more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 41.[514] The Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the virus.[515]
  • Vietnam confirmed six new cases, bringing the total number to 44.[516][517]
  • A team member of McLaren tested positive for the coronavirus, throwing the 2020 Australian Grand Prix into disarray.[518]
  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's communications secretary Fabio Wajngarten tested positive for COVID-19.[519]

13 March

WHO Situation Report 53:[520]

  • Antigua and Barbuda confirmed its first case.[521]
  • Aruba confirmed its first two cases, people who travelled in from New York.[522]
  • Bulgaria confirmed three new cases, bringing the total number to 26. Bulgaria later confirmed five additional cases, bringing the total to 31.
  • Brazil confirmed 22 new cases, bringing the total number to 171.[523] President Jair Bolsonaro tested negative for COVID-19.[524][525]
  • Brunei confirmed 14 new cases, bringing the total number to 25.[526]
  • The Cayman Islands confirmed its first case.
  • Colombia reported three more cases, raising the total to 16.[527]
  • Costa Rica reported three new cases since 12 March, bringing the total number of cases to 26.[528]
  • Curaçao reported its first case, a Dutch tourist.[529]
  • Ethiopia confirmed its first case.[530]
  • France's numbers increased to 2,876 cases and 81 deaths.[531]
  • Gabon confirmed its first case.[532]
  • Germany's case total rose to 3,675.[533]
  • Ghana confirmed its first two cases, a Norwegian Embassy official and a Turkish citizen.[534]
  • Guadeloupe confirmed its first case, a citizen who recently returned from France.[535]
  • Guatemala confirmed its first case, a traveller from Italy.[536]
  • Guinea reported its first case, an employee of the EU delegation.[537]
  • Israel reported a total of 126 cases.[538]
  • Italy's cases rose to 17,660 and deaths rose to 1,266, a rise of 250 deaths in 24 hours.[539]
  • Kazakhstan confirmed its first two cases, which were also the first in Central Asia.[540]
  • Kenya confirmed its first case, a Kenyan national who had returned from the United States via London.[541]
  • Kosovo confirmed its first two cases.[542]
  • Lithuania confirmed three new cases, bringing the total number to 6. A Spanish citizen from Madrid was confirmed in Vilnius, along with a woman in Klaipėda who arrived from Tenerife, and a man in Kaunas who arrived from Italy on 29 February.[543]
  • Malaysia confirmed 39 new cases, bringing the total number to 197.[544]
  • Palestine confirms 35 coronavirus cases.[545]
  • The Philippines confirmed 12 more cases, bringing the total number to 64.[546]
  • Panama confirmed several new cases, bringing the total to 27.[547]
  • Puerto Rico confirmed its first three cases, a 71-year-old man and an Italian couple, aged 68 and 70.[548]
  • Saint Lucia confirmed its first case, a 63-year-old woman who had travelled to the UK.[549]
  • Singapore confirmed 13 more cases, bringing the total number to 200. The number of imported cases surpassed that of local cases.[550]
  • Slovakia confirmed 11 new cases, bringing the total number to 32.[551]
  • South Korea confirmed 110 new cases and one new death, bringing the total to 7,979 and 67 respectively.[552]
  • Spain's cases rose to 4,231. 35 more deaths were also confirmed, bringing the total to 121.[553][554]
  • Sri Lanka confirmed three new cases, bringing the total number to 6.[555]
  • Sudan confirmed its first case and first death, a man in his 50s who travelled to the United Arab Emirates.[556]
  • Suriname confirmed its first case.[557]
  • Switzerland reported 1,125 cases (of which 116 are undergoing final analysis),[558] a 31% day-on-day increase.
  • Panama confirmed several new cases, bringing the total number to 36.[559]
  • Turkey confirmed its second case.[560] Later in the day, the case count increased to 5. All cases were related to the first case, who contracted the virus from Europe.[561]
  • Ukraine reported its first death, a 71-year-old woman from Radomyshl, Zhytomyr Oblast who recently travelled to Poland.[562]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed 202 new cases, bringing the total number to 798. The first death was confirmed in Scotland, bringing the total deaths across the UK to 11.[563]
  • The United States confirmed 559 additional cases, bringing the total number to 2,204. Eight more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 49.[564]
  • U.S. Virgin Islands confirmed the first case in the territory.[565]
  • Uruguay confirmed its first four cases, all of them having travelled from Milan, Italy.[566]
  • Venezuela confirmed its first two cases, one a traveller from the United States, and the second who had travelled from Spain.[567]
  • Vietnam confirmed three additional cases, bringing the total number to 47.[568][569]

14 March

WHO Situation Report 54:[570]

  • Brazil confirmed seven more cases, bringing the total number to 178.[571][572]
  • Brunei reported three new cases, bringing the total to 40.[573]
  • Bulgaria confirmed six new cases bringing the total number to 37. One more death was also confirmed, bringing the total number to 2.
  • Central African Republic confirmed its first case.[574]
  • China reported 20 new cases, up from 11 cases a day earlier. 16 of the cases were overseas travellers. In response, the Beijing authorities announced that everyone arriving from overseas would be quarantined for 14 days.[575]
  • Colombia reported additional eight more cases, taking the total to 24.[576]
  • Congo Republic confirmed its first case, a person who had travelled from France.[577]
  • Denmark confirmed the first death in the country, an 81-year-old man.[578]
  • Equatorial Guinea confirmed its first case, a 42-year-old woman who returned from Madrid.[579]
  • Eswatini confirmed its first case, a 33-year-old woman, who travelled to the United States and then Lesotho before returning home to Eswatini.[580]
  • France confirmed 838 new cases, bringing the total number to 4,499. 12 more deaths were confirmed, bringing the total to 91.
  • Iran confirmed 1,365 new cases, bringing the total number to 12,729. 97 more deaths were confirmed, bringing the total to 611.[581]
  • Ireland confirmed 39 new cases, the largest to date, and one more confirmed death. 129 total confirmed cases and 2 deaths.[582]
  • Italy confirmed 3,497 new cases, bringing the total number to 21,157. 175 more deaths were also confirmed, bringing the total to 1,441.[583]
  • Malaysia confirmed 41 new cases, bringing the total number to 238.[584]
  • Mauritania confirmed its first case.[585]
  • Mayotte confirmed its first case.[586]
  • Moldova confirmed four new cases.[citation needed]
  • Namibia confirmed its first cases, two tourists visiting the country.[587]
  • New Zealand confirmed its sixth case, a man who had returned from the United States on 6 March.[588]
  • Palestine confirms four new cases, bringing the total to 39 cases.[589][590]
  • The Philippines confirmed 47 more cases, bringing the total number to 111.[591]
  • Rwanda confirmed its first case.[592]
  • Saudi Arabia confirmed 17 additional cases, with its total rising to 103.[593]
  • Seychelles reported its first two cases.[594]
  • Singapore confirmed 12 more cases, bringing the total number to 212.[595]
  • South Korea confirmed 107 new cases and five new deaths, bringing the total to 8,086 and 72 respectively.[596]
  • Spain confirmed 1,522 new cases, raising its total to 5,753 cases. 62 more deaths were confirmed, bringing the total to 183.[554]
  • Sri Lanka confirmed two new cases, bringing the total number to 8.[597] Another three cases were later confirmed, bringing the total number to 11.[598][599]
  • Panama confirmed several new cases, bringing the total number to 43.[600]
  • Thailand confirmed seven more cases, bringing the total number to 82.[601]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed 342 new cases, bringing the total number to 1,140. 10 more deaths were reported, bringing the total to 21.[602]
  • The United States confirmed 612 new cases, bringing the total number to 2,816. One of the cases was 24-year-old Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons.[603][604] Eleven more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 60.[605]
  • Vietnam confirmed six additional cases, bringing the total number to 53.[606][607][608]

15 March

WHO Situation Report 55:[609]

  • Akrotiri and Dhekelia bases in Cyprus announced the first two cases among British military personnel.[610]
  • Bahamas confirmed their first case, a person with no recent travel history.[611]
  • Brunei confirmed ten new cases, bringing the total number to 50.[612]
  • Bulgaria confirmed eight new cases, bringing the total number to 51.
  • Finland ceased testing for people returning from trips abroad, and all of the people suffering flu symptoms in the country. The tests are reserved for health professionals only.[613]
  • Guam confirmed its first three cases, two people who arrived from Manila and one other person with no recent travel history.[614]
  • Indonesia confirmed 21 more cases, bringing the total number to 117. Among the new diagnoses included North Sulawesi[615] and Yogyakarta's[616] first cases.
  • Ireland confirmed 40 new cases, the largest to date. 169 total confirmed cases and 2 deaths.[617] The government requested all pubs and bars to close permanently from midnight, in advance of the then-upcoming 17 March Saint Patricks Day public holiday.[618]
  • Italy confirmed 3,590 more cases, bringing the total number to 24,747. The country also recorded 368 new deaths, bringing the total number to 1,809.[619] This was the largest death rate in a day for a country since the pandemic started.[citation needed]
  • Malaysia confirmed 190 new cases, bringing the total number to 428. Most of these cases were linked to a gathering in Kuala Lumpur.[620]
  • Moldova confirmed 11 new cases, bringing the total number to 23.[citation needed]
  • New Zealand confirmed two new cases, a Wellington man and a Danish woman, bringing the total to 8.[621][622]
  • Saudi Arabia confirmed 15 new cases, bring the total number to 118[citation needed]
  • Singapore confirmed 14 new cases, bringing the total number to 226. This was the highest number of new cases in the country in a single day.[623]
  • South Korea confirmed 76 new cases and three new deaths, bringing the total to 8,162 and 75 respectively.[624]
  • Sri Lanka confirmed eight more cases, bringing the total to 19. There were 18 active cases with one recovered case.[625][626]
  • Panama confirmed several new cases, bringing the total number to 55.[627]
  • Thailand confirmed 32 more cases, bringing the total number to 114.[628]
  • Turkey confirmed 12 more cases, bringing the total number to 18.[629]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed 232 new cases, bringing the total number to 1,372. 14 more deaths were reported, bringing the total to 35.[630]
  • The United States confirmed 669 new cases, bringing the total number to 3,485. Five more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 65.[631]
  • Uzbekistan confirmed its first case, a citizen who had returned from France.[632]
  • Vietnam confirmed four additional cases, bringing the total number to 57.[633][634]

16 March

WHO Situation Report 56:[635]

  • Benin confirmed its first case, a 49-year-old man who had travelled to Belgium and Burkina Faso.[636]
  • Bulgaria confirmed two new cases, bringing the total number to 53. Bulgaria later confirmed nine more cases, bringing the final total to 62.[637]
  • Costa Rica confirmed 40 cases.[638]
  • Cyprus confirmed 13 new cases, taking the total to 46.[639]
  • Egypt confirmed 40 new cases, taking the total to 166. It also confirmed two additional deaths.[640]
  • France confirmed that cases had risen to 6,633 with 148 deaths.[641]
  • Germany's cases rose to 7,272 with 17 deaths.
  • Greece confirmed 21 new cases for a total of 352.[642][643]
  • Greenland confirmed its first case.[644]
  • Guatemala confirmed five more cases, bringing the total to 6 and the first death in the country from the virus.[645]
  • Indonesia confirmed 17 more cases, 134 in total.
  • Iran's cases rose to 13,938 with its death toll rising by 129 to 853.[646] The deaths included Hashem Bathaie Golpayenagi, Grand Ayatollah and a representative of the Tehran Province in Iran's Assembly of Experts.[647]
  • Ireland confirmed 54 new cases, the largest to date. 223 total confirmed cases and 2 deaths.[648]
  • Italy's confirmed cases rose to 27,980 and deaths to 2,158.[649] This total included 3,233 new cases and 349 new deaths.
  • Jordan confirmed four new cases, taking its total to 15.[650]
  • Kuwait confirmed 11 new cases, taking the total to 123.[651]
  • Liberia confirmed its first case.[652]
  • Malaysia announced another 125 cases, taking it to a total of 553 with many of the new cases linked to a recent religious festival in the country.[653]
  • Moldova announced another six cases, taking its total to 29.[citation needed]
  • Oman confirmed two additional cases, raising the total to 24.[654]
  • Qatar reported 64 new cases taking it to 401.[655]
  • Singapore confirmed 17 more cases, bringing the total number to 243. This was the biggest spike of new cases in a single day.[656]
  • Somalia confirmed its first case.[657]
  • South Korea confirmed 74 new cases, bringing the total to 8,236.[658]
  • Spain reported 9,942 cases and 342 deaths.[citation needed]
  • Sri Lanka confirmed eleven more cases, bringing the total to 29.[659][660]
  • Tanzania confirmed its first case.[661]
  • Turkey announced that the number of cases had risen to 47, with 29 new cases confirmed.[662]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed a total of 1,543 positive tests, up from 1,372.[663]
  • The United States confirmed 974 new cases, bringing the total number to 4,459. 22 more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 87.[664]
  • Ukraine confirmed two new cases: two women, one of whom recently returned from Italy.[665] Later in the day, two more cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 7.[666]
  • Vietnam confirmed four additional cases, bringing the total number to 61.[667][668]

17 March

WHO Situation Report 57:[669]

  • Barbados reported its first two cases, people who recently returned from the US.[670]
  • Bulgaria confirmed five new cases, bringing the number to 67, and then an additional 14 new cases, bringing the total number to 81.[citation needed]
  • Brazil confirmed the first death in the country, a 62-year-old man in the state of São Paulo.[671]
  • France confirmed 7,730 people had now tested positive with 175 deaths.[672]
  • Gambia reported its first case.[673]
  • Hungary reported 11 new cases, bringing the total number to 50.[674]
  • Indonesia reported 38 new cases, bringing the total number to 172.[675]
  • Ireland confirmed 69 new cases, the largest to date. 292 total confirmed cases and 2 deaths.[676]
  • Italy confirmed an increase to 31,506 cases and 2,503 deaths.[677]
  • Kuwait confirmed seven new cases, taking the total to 130.[678]
  • Malaysia reported its first two deaths, a 60-year-old pastor in Sarawak and a 34-year-old man from Johor who had attended a Muslim religious gathering. 120 new cases were also confirmed, bringing the total number to 673.[679][680][681]
  • Montenegro reported its first two cases. One infected was from Podgorica, and the other from Ulcinj.[682] Montenegro was the last country in Europe without any confirmed cases.
  • The Netherlands confirmed 1,705 cases and 43 deaths.[citation needed]
  • New Zealand confirmed four new cases, bringing the total to 12.[683][684]
  • Pakistan confirmed its first death.[685]
  • The Philippines reported 45 new cases, taking the total to 187.[686]
  • Singapore confirmed 23 new cases, bringing the total number to 266. This was the highest number of new cases in the country in a single day so far.[687]
  • Sint Maarten confirmed its first case, a 26-year-old local resident who travelled to UK and Miami.[688]
  • Slovakia confirmed 25 new cases, bringing the total number to 97.[citation needed]
  • South Korea confirmed 84 new cases and six new deaths, bringing the total to 8,320 and 81 respectively.[689]
  • Panama confirmed several new cases, bringing the total number to 86.[690]
  • Ukraine reported seven new cases and its second death, bringing the total number of cases to 14.[691]
  • The United Kingdom reported 407 new cases, with the total rising from 1,543 to 1,950.
  • The United States confirmed 1,676 new cases, bringing the total number to 6,135. 25 more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 112.[692] The Brooklyn Nets announced that four of their players had tested positive, including forward Kevin Durant.[693]
  • Vietnam confirmed five more cases, bringing the total number to 66.[694]

18 March

WHO Situation Report 58:[695]

  • Bermuda confirmed its first two cases.[696][697]
  • Bangladesh confirmed its first death.[698]
  • Costa Rica confirmed its first death.[699]
  • Djibouti confirmed its first case.[700]
  • El Salvador confirmed its first case.[701]
  • Guatemala confirmed two additional cases, bringing the total to 8.[702]
  • Ireland confirmed 74 new cases, the largest to date. 366 total confirmed cases and 2 deaths.[703]
  • Italy reported 4,207 new cases and 475 new deaths. The total number of cases reached 35,713 and the total death toll rose to 2,978.[704]
  • Kyrgyzstan reported its first cases, three people who had recently returned from a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.[705]
  • Malaysia confirmed 117 new cases, bringing the total number to 790.[706]
  • Mauritius announced its first three cases.[707]
  • Moldova confirmed its first death[708] and six new cases, bringing the total to 36.
  • Montserrat confirmed its first case, a person who visited the United Kingdom.[709]
  • New Caledonia confirmed its first two cases.[710]
  • New Zealand confirmed eight new cases, bringing the total to 20.[711]
  • Nicaragua confirmed its first case, imported from Panama.[712][713]
  • Palestine confirms 44 cases.[714][715][716]
  • Singapore confirmed 47 new cases, bringing the total number to 313. This was the highest number of new cases in the country in a single day so far.[717]
  • Slovakia confirmed its first death.[718]
  • South Korea confirmed 93 new cases and three new deaths, bringing the total to 8,413 and 84 respectively.[719]
  • Panama confirmed several new cases, bringing the total to 109.[720]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed 676 new cases, taking it to a total of 2,626.[721] 32 additional deaths were announced, taking the total to 104.[722]
  • The United States confirmed 2,601 more cases, bringing the total number to 8,736. 37 more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 149.[723]
  • Vietnam confirmed ten more cases, bringing the total number to 76.[724][725][726]
  • Zambia reported its first two cases.[727]

19 March

WHO Situation Report 59:[728]

  • Angola confirmed its first case, a Chinese businessman.[729]
  • Chad confirmed its first case, a Moroccan national who had travelled to the country from Cameroon.[730]
  • China reported no new cases of local infections but confirmed 34 new cases from overseas arrivals.[731]
  • Fiji confirmed its first case.[732]
  • Guatemala confirmed one additional case, raising the total to 9.[733]
  • Haiti reported its first two cases.[734]
  • Ireland confirmed 191 new cases, the largest to date with more than two and a half times the confirmed cases of 18 March, and a third death, bringing the total number of cases to 557.[735] Approximately 7,000 tests have been administered to date and the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, believes there will be 15,000 tests given a day starting within the next few days.[736]
  • Isle of Man confirmed its first case, a person who recently returned from Spain.[737]
  • Italy's number of cases rose to 41,035 from a previous 35,713, up by 5,322, a faster rate of growth than the past three days. They also overtook China as the country with the most deaths, registering 3,405 dead, a rise of 427 from the day before.[738]
  • Malaysia confirmed 110 new cases, bringing the total number to 900.[739]
  • New Zealand confirmed eight new cases, bringing the total to 28.[740][741]
  • Niger confirmed its first case, a local 36-year-old man who travelled a lot to Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso due to work.[742]
  • Ibrahim Milhem confirmed three new cases bringing the total to 47. He said in the daily briefing that two cases were students returning home from France and quarantined before being in contact with anyone. The third is for a person from Nablus previously suspected of having the disease and was kept in home quarantine.[743]
  • Palestine confirms three new cases, bringing the total to 47.[743]
  • Panama reported several new cases, bringing the total number to 137.[744]
  • Pakistan confirmed 70 additional cases.[745]
  • Russia confirmed its first death.[746]
  • Singapore confirmed 32 new cases, bringing the total number to 345.[747]
  • South Korea confirmed 152 new cases and seven new deaths, bringing the total to 8,565 and 91 respectively.[748]
  • Spain reported a large increase in cases, with 17,147 cases and 767 deaths.[749]
  • The United Kingdom's total of diagnosed cases rose to 3,229, an increase of 603, with the death toll rising to 144.[750]
  • The United States confirmed 4,397 more cases, bringing the total number to 13,133. 46 more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 195.[751] The Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Boston Celtics all reported that some of their players had tested positive for the virus. The players had not been named.[752]
  • Vietnam confirmed nine more cases, bringing the total number to 85.[753]

20 March

WHO Situation Report 60:[754]

  • Cape Verde confirmed its first case, a 62-year-old English tourist.[755]
  • East Timor confirmed its first case.[756]
  • Guatemala confirmed three additional cases, bringing the total to 12.[757]
  • Ireland confirmed 126 new cases, less than that of 19 March. 683 total confirmed cases and 3 deaths.[758]
  • Madagascar reported its first three cases.[759]
  • Malaysia confirmed its third death. In addition, 130 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total number to 1,030.[760]
  • New Zealand confirmed 11 new cases, bringing the total to 39.[761][762]
  • Palestine confirms a new case, bringing the total to 48. Authorities also report that 17 have recovered.[763][764]
  • Panama reported over 60 new cases, bringing the total number to 200.[765]
  • Papua New Guinea confirmed its first case.[766]
  • Singapore confirmed 40 new cases, bringing the total number to 385.[767]
  • South Korea confirmed 87 new cases and three new deaths, bringing the total to 8,652 and 94 respectively.[768]
  • Uganda confirmed its first case.[769]
  • Ukraine confirmed 15 new cases, bringing the total number to 41.[770]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed that positive test results had risen to 3,983 and there had been 177 deaths.[771]
  • The United States confirmed 5,630 more cases, bringing the total number to 18,763. 63 more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 258.[772]
  • Vietnam confirmed six more cases, bringing the total number to 91.[773][774]
  • Zimbabwe confirmed its first case.[775]

21 March

WHO Situation Report 61:[776]

  • Åland Islands confirmed their first two cases.[777]
  • China reports no new cases of local infections but confirms 41 new cases from overseas travellers, bringing the total number of overseas infected to 269.[778]
  • Eritrea confirmed its first case, a 39-year-old Eritrean national with permanent residence in Norway.[779]
  • Guatemala confirmed five new cases, bringing the total to 17.[780]
  • Indonesia confirmed 81 new cases, bringing the total to 450. The number of deaths rose by six to 38.[781]
  • Ireland confirmed 102 new cases, less than that of 20 March, with a total of 785 total confirmed cases and 3 deaths.[782]
  • Malaysia confirmed five more deaths, bringing the total to 8. Separately, 153 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total number to 1,183.[783]
  • New Zealand reported 13 new cases, bringing the total to 52.[784]
  • Palestine confirms four new cases, bringing the total to 52.[785]
  • The Philippines recorded 77 new cases, bringing the total number to 307.[786]
  • Singapore confirmed its first two deaths, a 64-year-old Indonesian man and a 75-year-old Singaporean woman.[787] 47 new cases were later confirmed, bringing the total number to 432.[788]
  • South Korea confirmed 147 new cases and eight new deaths, bringing the total to 8,799 and 102 respectively.[789]
  • Transnistria confirmed its first two cases.[790]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed that positive test results had risen to 5,018 and there had been 233 deaths.[791]
  • The United States confirmed 4,886 more cases, bringing the total number to 23,649. 44 more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 302.[792]
  • Vietnam confirmed three more cases, bringing the total number to 94.[793][794]

22 March

WHO Situation Report 62:[795]

  • China reported 39 new cases, down from 46 a day earlier. All of these cases were overseas travellers.[796][797]
  • Dominica confirmed its first case, a 54-year-old man who recently arrived from the United Kingdom.[798]
  • Grenada confirmed its first case, a woman who recently travelled to the UK.[799]
  • Indonesia confirmed 64 new cases, bringing the total number to 514.[800]
  • Ireland confirmed 121 new cases, more than that of 21 March, and a fourth death, with a total of 906 total confirmed cases and 4 deaths.[801]
  • Malaysia confirmed two more deaths, bringing the total to 10. There were also 123 new cases confirmed, bringing the total number to 1,306.[802]
  • Mozambique confirmed its first case.[803]
  • New Zealand reported 14 new cases, bringing the total to 66.[804][805]
  • Palestine updates the number of cases to 59.[806]
  • Romania confirmed its first death, a 67-year-old man suffering from cancer. A total of 367 cases had since been recorded.[807]
  • Singapore confirmed 23 new cases, bringing the total number to 455.[808]
  • South Korea confirmed 98 new cases and two new deaths, bringing the total to 8,897 and 104 respectively.[809]
  • Syria recorded its first case.[810]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed that positive test results had risen to 5,683 and there had been 281 deaths.[811]
  • The United States confirmed 10,351 more cases, bringing the total number to 34,000. 111 more deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 413.[812]
  • Ukraine confirmed 26 more cases, bringing the total number to 73.[813]
  • Vietnam confirmed 19 more cases, bringing the total number to 113.[814][815]

23 March

WHO Situation Report 63:[816]

  • Belize confirmed its first case, a local resident who recently returned from Los Angeles.[817]
  • Indonesia confirmed 65 new cases, bringing the total number to 579.[818]
  • Ireland confirmed 219 new cases, the largest increase to date, and two deaths, with a total of 1,125 total confirmed cases and 6 deaths.[819]
  • Malaysia confirmed four more deaths, bringing the total to 14. There were also 212 new cases confirmed, bringing the total number to 1,518.[820]
  • Myanmar confirmed its first two cases.[821]
  • New Zealand confirmed 36 new cases, bringing the total number to 102.[822][823]
  • Panama confirmed several new cases, bringing the total number to 345. Panama also confirmed several new deaths, bringing the total number to 6.[824]
  • Singapore confirmed 54 new cases, bringing the total number to 509.[825]
  • South Korea confirmed 64 new cases and seven new deaths, bringing the total to 8,961 and 111 respectively.[826]
  • Turks and Caicos Islands confirmed their first case.[827]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed that positive test results had risen to 6,650 and there had been 335 deaths.[828][829]
  • Vietnam confirmed 10 more cases, bringing the total number to 123.[830]

24 March

WHO Situation Report 64:[831]

  • China reports 78 newly confirmed cases including 74 imported cases, bringing the total number of imported cases to 427.[832] In addition, the NHC reported seven deaths in Wuhan.[833]
  • Easter Island reports its first case.[834]
  • Indonesia confirmed 107 new cases, the largest increase it has had to date, bringing the total number of cases to 686.[835]
  • Ireland confirmed 204 new cases, fewer than that of 23 March, and one death, giving a total of 1,329 total confirmed cases and 7 deaths.[836]
  • Italy confirmed 5,249 new cases and 743 new deaths, taking the country to a total of 69,176 cases and 6,820 deaths.[837]
  • Laos reported its first two cases.[838]
  • Libya confirmed its first case.[839]
  • Malaysia reported 106 new cases, bringing the total number to 1,624. Malaysia also reported one death, bringing the total number of deaths to 15.[840]
  • New Caledonia reported two new cases, bringing the total to nine.[841]
  • New Zealand confirmed 40 new cases, and started including probable cases in its count. The inclusion brings New Zealand's total to 155.[842][843][844]
  • Palestine reports a new case, bringing the total number to 60.[845][846]
  • Panama confirmed 98 new cases, bringing the total number to 443, and 2 deaths, bringing the total number to 8.[847]
  • Singapore confirmed 49 new cases, bringing the total number to 558.[848]
  • South Korea confirmed 76 new cases and nine new deaths, bringing the total to 9,037 and 120 respectively.[849]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed that positive test results had risen to 8,077 and there had been 422 deaths. The 8,077 cases included 6,843 in England, 584 in Scotland, 478 in Wales and 172 in Northern Ireland.[850]

25 March

WHO Situation Report 65:[851]

  • British Virgin Islands reported their first two cases.[852]
  • Guinea-Bissau reported its first two cases.[853]
  • Ireland confirmed 235 new cases, the largest increase to date, and two deaths, giving a total of 1,564 total confirmed cases and 9 deaths.[854]
  • Latvia reported 24 new cases,[855] among them the first five untraceable cases,[856] raising the total number to 221.[855]
  • Malaysia confirmed four more deaths, bringing the total to 19. There were also 172 new cases confirmed, bringing the total number to 1,796.[857]
  • Mali reported its first two cases.[858]
  • New Zealand reported 50 new cases including probable cases, bringing the total number of confirmed and probable cases to 205.[859][860]
  • Palestine confirms its first death.[861][862] Authorities also confirm two news cases, bringing the total to 62.[863]
  • Peru confirmed two deaths, bringing the death toll to 9.[864]
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis reported its first two cases.[865]
  • Singapore confirmed 73 new cases, bringing the total number to 631.[866]
  • South Korea confirmed 100 new cases and six new deaths, bringing the total to 9,137 and 126 respectively.[867]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed that positive test results had risen to 9,529 and there had been 463 deaths.[868]

26 March

WHO Situation Report 66:[869]

  • Anguilla reported its first two cases.[870]
  • Iran reported 2,389 new cases and 175 deaths within the last 24 hours, bringing Iran's total death toll to 2,234.[871]
  • Ireland confirmed 255 new cases, the largest increase to date, and ten deaths, the largest jump in deaths to date (previously 2 deaths in one day), giving a total of 1,819 total confirmed cases and 19 deaths.[872]
  • Malaysia confirmed four more deaths, bringing the total to 23. There were also 235 new cases confirmed, bringing the total number to 2,031.[873]
  • New Zealand reported 78 confirmed and probable cases, bringing the total to 283. A total of 27 people have recovered from the virus.[874]
  • Palestine confirmed 13 new cases, bringing the total to 86.[875]
  • Panama confirmed 116 new cases, bringing the total to 674, and confirmed a new death, bringing the total to 9.[876]
  • Russia confirmed 182 cases, bringing the total to 842.[871]
  • Singapore confirmed 52 new cases, bringing the total number to 683.[877]
  • South Korea confirmed 104 new cases and five new deaths, bringing the total to 9,241 and 131 respectively.[878]
  • Spain confirmed a further 655 deaths, taking the country's death toll to 4,000.[871]

27 March

WHO Situation Report 67:[879]

  • China reported 67 new imported cases, bringing the total number of infected cases to 81,285.[880][881][882]
  • Ireland confirmed 302 new cases, the largest increase to date, and 3 deaths. This gave a total of 2,121 confirmed cases and 22 deaths. The government issued strict guidelines beginning at midnight where people must stay at home with specific exceptions such as essential employees for essential businesses. Notably, residents would be allowed to leave solely for going to the grocery store, pharmacy, for a medical appointment, or for exercise with a maximum 2 km radius from their house where social distancing must be practised and exercise time must be kept short.[883]
  • Italy confirmed a new highest single-day death toll with 919 deaths (surpassing Spain's total released earlier in the day), increasing the country's total to 9,134. Overall confirmed cases of infection rose by 5,959 to 86,498.[884]
  • Malaysia confirmed its 24th death, a 35-year-old man who travelled to Indonesia earlier in the month.[885] Another two deaths were later confirmed, bringing the total to 26. There were also 130 new cases confirmed, bringing the total number to 2,161.[886]
  • New Zealand confirmed 85 new confirmed and probable cases, bringing the total to 368.[887]
  • Palestine confirms seven new cases, bringing the total to 91.[888]
  • Panama confirmed 112 new cases, bringing the total to 786, and confirmed 5 new deaths, bringing the total to 14.[889]
  • Singapore confirmed 49 new cases, bringing the total number to 732.[890]
  • South Africa confirmed its first death at the same time as when the lockdown in the country began.[891]
  • South Korea confirmed 91 new cases and eight new deaths, bringing the total to 9,332 and 139 respectively.[892]
  • Spain recorded the highest single-day death toll worldwide to date, with 769 deaths. There were now 64,059 confirmed cases, up from 56,188.[893]
  • The United States confirmed at least 101,242 cases based on figures collated by Johns Hopkins University, overtaking China (81,782) and Italy (80,589). The US death toll surpassed 1,500.[894][895]
  • News reports citing a government document reported that a 57-year-old woman, who tested positive for the coronavirus disease on 10 December 2019 and was described in The Wall Street Journal on 6 March 2020, may have been patient zero in the coronavirus pandemic.[896][897]
  • The first oil refinery shutdowns in India and Europe were announced while global refinery runs drop in response to plunging demand as countries worldwide implement lockdowns.[898]

28 March

WHO Situation Report 68:[899]

  • Ireland confirmed 294 new cases and 14 deaths, the largest death toll to date. This gave a total of 2,415 confirmed cases and 36 deaths.[900]
  • Italy surpassed 10,000 deaths attributed to the virus.[901]
  • Malaysia confirmed a new death, bringing the total to 27. There were also 159 new cases confirmed, bringing the total number to 2,320.[902]
  • New Zealand reported 83 new cases including 78 confirmed and five probable cases, bringing the total to 451.[903]
  • Palestine confirmed six new cases, bringing the total to 97.[904]
  • Panama confirmed 115 new cases, bringing the total to 901, and confirmed 3 new deaths, bringing the total to 17.[905]
  • Singapore confirmed 70 new cases, bringing the total number to 802.[906]
  • South Korea confirmed 146 new cases and five new deaths, bringing the total to 9,478 and 144 respectively.[907]
  • The United Kingdom confirmed that positive test results had risen to 17,089 and there had been 260 new deaths, increasing the total to 1,019.[908]

29 March

WHO Situation Report 69:[909]

  • Ireland confirmed 200 new cases and 10 deaths. This gives a total of 2,615 confirmed cases and 46 deaths.[910]
  • Israel reported 628 new cases, bringing the total to 4,247. The country also reported three new deaths, bring the total number to 15.[911]
  • Malaysia reported seven new deaths, bringing the total to 34. The country also confirmed 150 new cases, bringing the total number to 2,470.[912][913]
  • New Zealand reported 60 new confirmed and 3 new probable cases, bringing the total number of confirmed and probable cases to 514. The country also recorded its first death.[914][915]
  • Palestine confirms nine new cases, bringing the total to 108.[916][917]
  • Panama confirmed 88 new cases, bringing the total to 989, and confirmed 7 new deaths, bringing the total to 24.[918]
  • Singapore confirmed its third death.[919] At the same time, 42 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 844.[920]
  • South Korea confirmed 105 new cases and eight new deaths, bringing the total to 9,583 and 152 respectively.[921]

30 March

WHO Situation Report 70:[922]

  • Botswana recorded its first three cases.[923]
  • France reported 418 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 3,024. France has 44,550 confirmed cases.[924]
  • Iran confirmed 2,757 official deaths, with more than 40,000 confirmed cases.[924]
  • Ireland confirmed 295 new cases and 8 deaths. This gave a total of 2,910 confirmed cases and 54 deaths.[925]
  • Malaysia reported three new deaths, bringing the total to 37. The country also confirmed 156 new cases, bringing the total number to 2,626.[926]
  • New Zealand reported 76 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed and probable cases to 589.[927][928]
  • Palestine confirmed seven new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 115.[929]
  • Panama confirmed 86 new cases, bringing the total to 1,075, and reported 27 deaths so far.[930]
  • Singapore confirmed 35 new cases, bringing the total number to 879.[931]
  • South Korea confirmed 78 new cases and six new deaths, bringing the total to 9,661 and 158 respectively.[932]
  • Spain reported that 812 people have died from the coronavirus in the period between Sunday and Monday.[933]
  • In the United States, New York's official death toll exceeded 1,000.[924]

31 March

WHO Situation Report 71:[934]

  • Burundi confirmed its first two cases.[935]
  • China reported 48 new confirmed "imported cases" of the coronavirus but no new domestically transmitted cases on 30 March.[936]
  • Guam confirmed two new cases, bringing the total number to 58.[937]
  • Ireland confirmed 325 new cases, the most to date, and 17 deaths, the most to date. This gave a total of 3,235 confirmed cases and 71 deaths.[938]
  • Malaysia reported six new deaths, bringing the total death toll to 43. In addition, 140 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total number to 2,766.[939]
  • New Zealand confirmed 58 new confirmed and probable cases, bringing the total number to 647. 74 people have recovered.[940][941]
  • Palestine confirmed two new cases, bringing the total to 117 including 10 in Gaza.[942]
  • Panama confirmed 106 new cases, bringing the total to 1,181, and reported 3 new deaths, bringing the total to 30.[943]
  • Sierra Leone confirmed its first case.[944]
  • Singapore confirmed 47 new cases, bringing the total number to 926.[945]
  • Sint Eustatius confirmed its first two cases.[946][947]
  • Somaliland confirmed its first two cases.[948]
  • South Korea confirmed 125 new cases and four new deaths, bringing the total to 9,786 and 162 respectively.[949]
  • The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt that has more than 100 cases of coronavirus wrote a stunning plea for help to senior military officials.[950]

Summary

Timeline

The list of countries and territories that confirmed their first cases during the period of March 2020:

Date Country or territory
1 March Armenia Czechia Dominican Republic Saint Barthélemy Saint Martin
2 March Andorra Indonesia Jordan Latvia Morocco Portugal Saudi Arabia Senegal Tunisia
3 March Argentina Chile Gibraltar Liechtenstein Ukraine
4 March Faroe Islands Hungary Poland Slovenia
5 March Bosnia and Herzegovina Martinique Palestine South Africa
6 March Bhutan Cameroon Colombia Costa Rica Peru Serbia Slovakia Togo Vatican City
7 March Maldives Malta Moldova Paraguay
8 March Albania Bangladesh Bulgaria
9 March Brunei Cyprus Guernsey Panama
10 March Bolivia Burkina Faso DR Congo Jamaica Jersey Mongolia Northern Cyprus Turkey
11 March Cuba French Polynesia Honduras Ivory Coast Réunion
12 March Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Trinidad and Tobago
13 March Antigua and Barbuda Aruba Cayman Islands Curaçao Ethiopia Gabon Ghana Guadeloupe Guatemala Guinea Kazakhstan Kenya Kosovo Puerto Rico Saint Lucia Sudan Suriname U.S. Virgin Islands Uruguay Venezuela
14 March Central African Republic Congo Equatorial Guinea Eswatini Mauritania Mayotte Namibia Rwanda Seychelles
15 March Akrotiri and Dhekelia Bahamas Guam Uzbekistan
16 March Benin Greenland Liberia Somalia Tanzania
17 March Barbados Gambia Montenegro Sint Maarten
18 March Bermuda Djibouti El Salvador Kyrgyzstan Mauritius Montserrat New Caledonia Nicaragua Zambia
19 March Angola Chad Fiji Haiti Isle of Man Niger
20 March Cape Verde East Timor Madagascar Papua New Guinea Uganda Zimbabwe
21 March Åland Islands Eritrea Transnistria
22 March Dominica Grenada Mozambique Syria
23 March Belize Myanmar Turks and Caicos Islands
24 March Laos Libya
25 March British Virgin Islands Guinea-Bissau Mali Saint Kitts and Nevis
26 March Anguilla
29 March Northern Mariana Islands
30 March Botswana
31 March Burundi Sierra Leone Sint Eustatius Somaliland

By the end of March, only the following countries and territories have not reported any cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections:

Africa

  • Comoros
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Sahrawi Republic
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • South Sudan

Asia

  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • North Korea
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Yemen

Europe

  • Abkhazia
  • Artsakh
  • South Ossetia
  • Svalbard

North America and the Caribbean

  • Bonaire
  • Saba
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Oceania

  • American Samoa
  • Cook Islands
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Palau
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Wallis and Futuna

South America

  • Falkland Islands

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