Jan 31: Trump declares the coronavirus outbreak to be a public health emergency and bans travel from China, with some exceptions. Many on the political left criticize the president for the ban, seeing it as racially motivated. There are now 12,000 cases and 250 deaths from coronavirus in China. Senate prepares to vote on witnesses in the Trump impeachment trial. *
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Some of the most wonderful friends I've made and some of the most talented students I've taught since coming to America have roots in Sudan, Nigeria, Eritrea, and Tanzania.— Yascha Mounk (@Yascha_Mounk) January 31, 2020
The extension of the travel ban to these countries is as stupid as it is inhumane.https://t.co/f3bSKF9fUB
The Trump administration has announced an expansion of the travel ban — one of President Trump's signature policies, which has been derided by critics as an attempt to ban Muslims from the US — to include six new countries https://t.co/opxAwhlH79 pic.twitter.com/qKEq711Hi3— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 31, 2020
Trump administration unveils expanded travel ban https://t.co/9qA2g8XgJP— The Guardian (@guardian) January 31, 2020
And here it comes…demands to ban China flights into U.S. This virus has already spread to at least 20 other countries, including the US — would you ban flights from Germany, Japan, the UK? Ban flights from Chicago (where human-2-human transmission has occurred) to your state? https://t.co/f0gNEaoa0B— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) January 31, 2020
A Trial without witnesses is NOT a Trial. That's the stuff they do in Russia, China, and North Korea. #QAnonLies— mark allen (@area51elvis) January 31, 2020
Ted Cruz calls for coronavirus travel ban on China https://t.co/gEBoCcZMws— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) January 31, 2020
I’m a Florida voter. Please vote for witnesses. Congressional oversight is essential to preserving our democracy. You advocate for democracy in Venezuela, Cuba, and China. Please vote to preserve it here. Don’t let Trump continue to use Chavez’s playbook to stifle opposition.— Dr. Caroline (@IAmCarolineMc) January 31, 2020
* Timeline summaries at the top of the page come from a variety of sources:, including The American Journal of Managed Care COVID-19 Timeline (https://www.ajmc.com/view/a-timeline-of-covid19-developments-in-2020), the Just Security Group at the NYU School of Law (https://www.justsecurity.org/69650/timeline-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-and-u-s-response/), the “10 Things,” daily entries from The Week (theweek.com), as well as a variety of newspapers and television programs.