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Timeline: How Did Coronavirus Spread?

By Diego Perez |  @RedLineProject | Posted: March 17, 2020

COVID-19  has impacted the entire world in tremendous fashion. Countries around the world have been drastically impacted by the power of the virus. Many countries, including the United States, are currently being affected heavily. President Trump has since declared a national emergency as the virus continues to spread.

The US has multiple confirmed cases in almost every state, with  West Virginia becoming the final state on Tuesday. Illinois is one state from many that have been impacted immensely.

As of March 16, there are a total of 105 confirmed cases of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced 12 new cases Monday afternoon. In a news conference, Pritzker announced gatherings of 50 or more people is prohibited.

Pritzker recently announced the closings of all restaurants and bars throughout the state of Illinois. Dine-in is prohibited but delivery or takeout will still be allowed for any restaurant. The closing is an attempt to limit the spread of the virus.

The first Illinois reported case of the coronavirus happened in late January. A Chicago woman who traveled to Wuhan, China, was the state's first case. Her husband also contracted the virus, marking it as the state's first human spread.

This timeline covers the key dates in the spread of the coronavirus.

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