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Chronology of major events related to coronavirus and Japan

Supplied electron micrograph shows the new pneumonia-causing coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The following is a chronology of major events related to the novel coronavirus and Japan.

    Jan. 9, 2020 -- Chinese state-run media reports novel coronavirus detected in patient.

    Jan. 16 -- 1st coronavirus infection confirmed in Japan.

    Jan. 30 -- World Health Organization declares global emergency.

    Feb. 3 -- Quarantine starts on cruise ship Diamond Princess, which arrived at Yokohama Port, group infection later confirmed among passengers, crew members.

    Feb. 13 -- 1st death from new coronavirus infection in Japan confirmed.

    March 4 -- Domestic infection cases top 1,000, including figures on cruise ship.

    March 11 -- WHO declares spread of new coronavirus pandemic.

    March 24 -- Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed to 2021 due to pandemic.

    April 5 -- Deaths from COVID-19 in Japan top 100.

    April 7 -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares state of emergency for seven prefectures.

    April 16 -- State of emergency expanded to entire nation, infected people in Japan top 10,000.

    May 2 -- Deaths in Japan top 500.

    May 4 -- State of emergency extended until May 31.

    May 14 -- Abe lifts state of emergency in 39 of Japan's 47 prefectures, including five classified as requiring "special caution."

    May 21 -- State of emergency lifted in western Japan prefectures of Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo.

    May 25 -- State of emergency lifted in remaining prefectures, Tokyo, Hokkaido, Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa.

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