January 24, 2021. It has been just a year since the first cases of Covid were discovered in France. From the pangolin to the first vaccinations, AlloDocteurs.fr traced the spread of this epidemic and the chronology of events.

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In Wuhan, appearance of the epidemic

It all started in a market in Wuhan, a Chinese city of 11 million people in Hubei province. Whether the Sars-Cov-2 virus came from a bat or a pangolin, its precise origin remains to be determined by the WHO, but its spread across the world is now well known, as shown. our infographic:

The first departures from China of people infected with the coronavirus

By turning this globe, we can see the first cases discovered outside of China. In January 2020, the patients detected outside China had practically all stayed in Wuhan, including the first three French cases identified.

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Spread of the epidemic

Subsequently, the virus spread to other countries, to the point that the WHO classifies the Covid as a pandemic on March 11. In our following infographic, we can see the number of Covid cases explode in the United States between March 2020 and January 2021, but also in the countries most affected at present, Brazil and India.

Evolution of the number of Covid cases in the most affected countries

By pausing the graph, we can see the number of cases climbing in different countries depending on the month.

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The Covid in France

In France, the epidemic is spreading from the end of January at a worrying rate, to achieve the situation that will lead to the first lockdown on March 17. France goes from 191 cases on March 2 to more than 10,000 on the 20th.

Evolution of the epidemic in France from March 2020 to January 2021

The epidemic does not yet seem to be nearing its end in France: 128,551 people have tested positive this week, against 126,734 the previous week.