Talk:Chronology of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in March 2020

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Semi-protected edit request on 20 March 2020Edit

19 March

  Not done: Source provided does not explicitly state 234 cases and 3 deaths on March 19. However, I did add 2 new deaths and death toll at 9. {{SUBST:replyto|Can I Log In}}PLEASE copy and paste the code to reply(Talk) 21:34, 26 March 2020 (UTC)


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Add Jordan!!!Edit

Jordan closed all schools for 2 weeks, all tourist sites for 1 week, and asked restaurants to keep customers apart on 14 march 2020. They closed all places except essential places for 2 weeks on 18 March. Jordan imposed a curfew indefinitely on 20 March that began 21 March. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ellidon217 (talkcontribs) 09:20, 22 March 2020 (UTC)

Ref pls? >>BEANS X2t 15:12, 24 March 2020 (UTC)

Country listEdit

The list of countries affected is almost just a list of countries in the world at this point. From a quick glance at a map there are really only a handful of countries not infected. Might it be better to simply state that most of the world is infected, rather than having a long list of flags on the article? --ERAGON (talk) 17:54, 23 March 2020 (UTC)

ERAGON: Perhaps we should list all the countries and territories where no cases have been reported so far then. --Extended Cut (talk) 23:02, 24 March 2020 (UTC)
I agree, that could work. --ERAGON (talk) 23:04, 24 March 2020 (UTC)

External link: Spreadsheet for March casesEdit

I plan to add an external link to a spreadsheet showing how the pandemic has developed in March (as described here).

Added jax (talk) 07:06, 29 March 2020 (UTC)

I would like to broach it here first, because

  1. I am maintaining it (there is no "original research", only derived values like CFR) and don't want to toot own horn
  2. I really think this should be maintained by Wikipedia
  3. If it won't I look for those of you who would like to do so (contact me if interested, I could make spreadsheet open for all to edit, goal after all, but on own I can't both maintain and screen for vandalism).

The template cannot maintain all these data (it is used in too many contexts), but there should be a Wikipedia page with key values (maybe not all the functions in the spreadsheet). jax (talk) 09:23, 28 March 2020 (UTC)


I speak less English and native Portuguese. I proposed that article can be divided in Timeline of the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 in America, ... in Asia, Europe, others. But, other major in China.2804:431:D729:18E8:45C6:F3AE:A96A:C415 (talk) 20:23, 28 March 2020 (UTC)


The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
Article split to Chronology of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 and Responses to the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. Danski454 (talk) 22:40, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

As per the WP:COVID talk page, we've decided to split the page was we are unable to see the references now. I am pinging the participants of the RfC to come to a conclusion of where to split. This page is 430 bytes, we need to split it. Folly Mox, TheGreatSG'rean, Bait30, Tenryuu, Wow, Username6892, Elishop, Aceing Winter Snows Harsh Cold, Alucard 16, Zanoni, mfb, BEANS X2, Isaidnoway, kencf0618, Swordman97, and Agathoclea QueerFilmNerdtalk 23:54, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

  • Split into "Pandemic chronology of the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic in March 2020" and "Responses to the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic in March 2020". With some foresight I think we should consider splitting next month's timeline as such as well. Tenryuu 🐲💬 • 📝) 00:58, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
  • I don't understand, if the WHO Situation report is already cited, the citations for each bullet point seem unnecessary. Removing all those extra citations should make it possible to see the ref list. If not, you can also split off the reactions section.  Bait30  Talk 2 me pls? 01:03, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
  • From my understanding, the WHO report is the report as of that day, but does not include that day. The individual citations are reports per country for that day, usually reported the day after. QueerFilmNerdtalk 01:37, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
  • In that case, Split per Tenryuu. If it's still needed, we can remove some of the citations. We don't need multiple citations for things like "Malaysia reported 3 new cases today" or whatever.  Bait30  Talk 2 me pls? 17:06, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
  • It is cited, but some sources can't be seen due to the huge number involved. As for splitting, it's the best solution. TheGreatSG'rean (talk) 01:36, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
Split the pandemic chronology and responses sections into separate pages, as per Tenryuu. >>BEANS X2t 06:13, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
  • I agree with the proposal from Tenryuu as well where we split the pandemic chronology and responses sections into separate pages. Alucard 16❯❯❯ chat? 21:13, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
  • EDIT 3/30/20: Alright, if someone wants to move the pages and everything, you're free to since it's clear how we want to split. The images aren't on the Reactions page yet because they can only be in the main space. I'd move this page myself but I fear breaking it. QueerFilmNerdtalk 21:19, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
  • This is just a small thing, but can we call the new article Chronology of instead of Pandemic chronology of? I feel like having "pandemic" twice in the title is repetitive and/or redundant.  Bait30  Talk 2 me pls? 22:57, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
    Definitely agree, Chronology of... sound way better. QueerFilmNerdtalk 19:59, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
  • A question: Do we honestly think that the solution to spiraling page sizes about individual days of a pandemic is to split them further? Shouldn't we be following common sense, WP:NOTNEWS and summary style and trimming content here heavily instead? Most of this article is data points that belong in a graph, not piled in with random factoids from a dozen other countries. The information is less than useful as presented here. Der Wohltemperierte Fuchs talk 11:43, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

What's going on with the references?Edit

Reference list is not being displayed. "Template:Reflist" is displayed instead.

I guess the last edit was an attempt to fix this. I have no idea how to fix this as well.


Feelthhis (talk) 17:20, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

See the above discussion. There are so many references that the templates are breaking.  Bait30  Talk 2 me pls? 17:44, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

Title change?Edit

Why is this article called "Chronology" while all of the other months' similar articles are called "Timeline"? Should this page be renamed? Liz Read! Talk! 22:08, 1 April 2020 (UTC)

Liz, we may be splitting the other pages accordingly afterwards. Tenryuu 🐲💬 • 📝) 22:18, 1 April 2020 (UTC)
Maybe this could be done at the same time. Liz Read! Talk! 22:28, 1 April 2020 (UTC)
@Liz: @Tenryuu: I agree consistency argues for a move. Look for an RM discussion from me below, shortly. UnitedStatesian (talk) 13:45, 2 April 2020 (UTC)

Requested move 2 April 2020Edit

Chronology of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in March 2020Timeline of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 – I know this came up in the split discussion, but a move would be consistent with other related pages such as Timeline of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in April 2020, as well as withe general (though not universal) en-WP preference for "Timeline" over "Chronology" UnitedStatesian (talk) 13:48, 2 April 2020 (UTC)

  • This page and the others are far too detailed and stray too much into WP:NOTNEWS territory. I get that these events are foremost in people's minds, and that it feels like we're helping by giving morbid day-by-day tallies from every country in the world, but this page needs to be consolidated and rebuilt as an encyclopedia article. For example, daily totals can be more concisely represented in chart form. Before that's done, I don't see the point of a naming discussion because, depending on how the page is constructed and aligned/remerged with similar ones, a different title may be more appropriate. -- Netoholic @ 15:08, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support after reading the request (originally oppose). The "Chronology" term was only used because of the old section heading. If the article was created freshly now, this is what it would be called. >>BEANS X2t 15:02, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support the rename as proposed but also agree with Netoholic's comment that the article is not useful for Wikipedia. --Marc Kupper|talk 14:43, 4 April 2020 (UTC)
Also support name change for consistency, but all of these need to be entirely reworked. Daily "X country reported N cases and M deaths" with an arbitrary selection of countries repeated over and over serves no reader well at all. We have loads of statistical tables that present this data, the NEWS presentation is not navigable and worthless at its size. Reywas92Talk 08:08, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
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