Timeline of China's COVID-19 response

Added On April 8, 2020

 China on Monday released a detailed timeline of its COVID-19 response. In this document, you'll find the main facts and measures China has taken in the global anti-virus efforts from late last December to this March. It shows clearly China's timeliness, openness and transparency in notifying people at home and abroad in its fight against the coronavirus.

The document said that The COVID-19 epidemic, a major public health emergency, has spread the fastest, caused the most extensive infections and been the hardest to contain since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.
With joint efforts of the whole nation, the positive trend in preventing and controlling the epidemic has been consolidated and expanded in China, and the restoration of normal production and daily life has been quickened.
The timeline noted A "formidable challenge" to global public health security as the pandemic has been spreading rapidly in the world.
China has been timely releasing information on COVID-19 since the onset of the epidemic in an open, transparent and responsible manner, unreservedly sharing with the WHO and the international community its experience in epidemic response and medical treatment, and strengthening cooperation on scientific research, said the document.
China has also provided assistance to all parties to the best of its ability.
On Dec. 30, 2019, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission sent out an urgent notification to medical institutions about an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown cause in the city.
The National Health Commission or the NHC has started daily updates on epidemic information via its official website and new media platform since Jan. 21. It had updated 71 times by March 31.
China started regularly informing the WHO, relevant countries and regions and China's Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan about the epidemic on Jan. 3, 2020.
Starting Jan. 3, China began to inform the United States of the pneumonia outbreak and response measures on a regular basis.
On Jan.8, heads of China's CDC and their U.S. counterparts discussed technological exchanges and cooperation on the phone after China's national health commission experts initially identified a new coronavirus as the cause of the epidemic.
From Jan. 3 to Feb. 3, China had given the United States briefings on the epidemic information and control measures in China for 30 times, including sharing with U.S. CDC project manager about China's diagnosis and treatment, prevention and control guidelines, and the linkage of the novel coronavirus database that China shares with the world in real time.
Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke over phone about the epidemic with dozens of leaders of countries and regions as well as international organizations, including U.S. President Donald Trump and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The NHC gave briefings on China's anti-epidemic efforts and measures at the first meeting of the APEC health working group on Feb. 8.
On Feb. 12, specialists from the NHC joined a China-EU teleconference on COVID-19, introducing the latest developments of the epidemic, prevention and control measures, and the situation of international cooperation.
Starting Feb. 16, an China-WHO joint expert team, consisting of 25 experts from China, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea (ROK), Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, the United States and WHO, paid a nine-day field visit to Chinese cities including Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Wuhan.
Under China's joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council, a press conference has been held every day since Jan. 27, updating data on a daily basis, including new confirmed cases, severe cases, deaths and suspected cases, and giving briefings on the country's measures to fight the epidemic and minimize its impact on social and economic development.