Timeline of the battle with coronavirus, in pictures
28th December 2020
In January 2020, we had no idea the year would end up like this. Here are the key moments in pictures:
Health Secretary Matt Hancock tells the House of Commons that the UK is “ready to respond appropriately” to any cases of coronavirus that emerge.
British Airways suspends all flights to and from mainland China as the Government finalises urgent plans to bring Britons back from the province of Hubei.
The first coronavirus cases are reported in the UK when two members of the same family – a University of York student and a relative – test positive for the virus
Four Britons rescued from the Diamond Princess cruise ship test positive for the illness in the UK, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 13.
The first case of Covid-19 is diagnosed in Northern Ireland, while two more people test positive across the rest of the UK – taking the total number to 16.
A British tourist from the Diamond Princess cruise ship becomes the first Briton to die after contracting coronavirus.
A patient with underlying health conditions becomes the first person in the UK to die after testing positive for Covid-19.
Health minister Nadine Dorries becomes the first MP to be diagnosed with coronavirus.
British food retailers urge customers to shop responsibly following widespread panic-buying of essentials, including toilet paper, hand sanitiser and pasta.
It is announced that schools across the UK will close to all pupils except those of key workers, as the coronavirus death toll climbs to 104.
Mr Johnson orders pubs and restaurants across the country to close, with cinemas, nightclubs, theatres, gyms and leisure centres also told to shut their doors.
Mr Sunak sets out the coronavirus job protection scheme, with the Government covering 80% of the wages of staff not working, up to £2,500 a month.