Two weeks ago my son asked me for the link that tracks Covid-19. The cases world wide then were 97,898. Today that number has risen to 245,630. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
I feel as though I am living in some kind of bizarro world. When the calendar flipped from 2019 to 2020 was there a rip in the time space continuum? Are we living in an alternate reality? It sure seems that way because this doesn’t seem real. Real life has become an episode of The Twilight Zone.
So many strange and unusual things have happened so far in 2020, such as…
January 3: – USA vs Iran. Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was killed when US drone strikes hit near the Baghdad International Airport. The death a man, who is widely seen as the second most powerful figure in Iran, sparked speculations that World War 3 might begin.
January 5: Iran pulls out of the 2015 nuclear deal, will not limit its uranium enrichment.
January 7: Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a new virus— temporarily named “2019-nCoV.” Today it is known as the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
January 7: 6.4 Magnitude earthquake in Puerto Rico, island’s largest in a century.
January 8: Iran launches missile strike on Irbil and Al Asad bases in Iraqi housing some American troops in retaliation to assassination of General Qasem Soleimani.
January 8: Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashes just after take-off from Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 people on board.
January 8: Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce they are stepping back as “senior” royals, will work towards becoming financially independent. They settle in British Columbia, Canada.
January 12: Taal Volcano Eruption – On January 12, the Taal Volcano erupted after 43 years. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology escalated the alert level from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 4.
January 31: United Kingdom formally withdraws from the European Union. (Brexit)
February 1: Locusts swarm across East Africa leads Somalia to declare national emergency, largest in 25 years. Later the swarm reached South Sudan, threatening a food crisis:
February 2: Palindrome Day: the date 02022020 reads the same forward and backward including in the US and China (last one like this 11 November 1111).
February 6: Antarctica records high temperature of 64.9 F / 18.2 C at Esperanza, Argentina’s research station.
February 11: Snow falls in Baghdad, Iraq, for only the second time in a century.
February 13: January 2020 was the hottest January in recorded history according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
February 14: More than 800,000 people displaced from their homes in north-western Syria amid assault by Syrian pro-government forces on last rebel stronghold.
February 27: Biggest cosmic explosion ever detected from a super-massive black hole in 390 million lights years away, (size of 15 Milky Ways).
February 27: Dow Jones Index suffers its biggest points fall in history closing down 1,190.95 in New York amid concerns about coronavirus.
February 29: US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year war in Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar. US and NATO allies will withdraw their troops after 14 months if deal kept.
March 3: Powerful storm producing multiple tornadoes rips through central Tennessee killing at least 25.
March 4: “Once in a century” winter in Moscow the hottest in 140 years with average temperature 7.5 C (13.5 F) with virtually no snow.
March 6: Russia refuses to reduce oil production over coronavirus COVID-19 fears, breaking with Saudi Arabia and OPEC and prompting a price war.
March 11: The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic, after the disease caused by the new coronavirus spread to more than 100 countries and led to tens of thousands of cases within a few months.