Eighteen days after a mysterious flu was detected in Wuhan in China, a confirmed case of the virus broke through international borders.
It was December 31 last year when China's office of the World Health Organisation was alerted to a pneumonia cluster of an unknown cause.
Forty-four patients had fallen ill, 11 severely to a virus with no name.
By January 13 this year, the virus, known as the novel coronavirus, was detected 2272 kilometres away in Thailand.
Twelve days later it reached Australia after a man from Wuhan – in Central China's Hubei province - tested positive after arriving in Melbourne.
He was not alone.
Travellers returning from the city – believed to be the virus' epicentre – would trigger virus spikes across the globe with confirmed cases being recorded in Japan, South Korea, the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Back in China, the virus had spread rapidly with more than 80,000 cases and the death toll had ballooned to almost 3000 people. But it would not stop there.
Iran soon reported the largest number of deaths outside of China, with many of its cases filtering into Australia and New Zealand.
Australia and the US closed its borders to Chinese arrivals.
Country lockdowns were also taking place in parts Europe, with Italy, Spain and the UK the worst hit.
On March 11, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, triggering the shuttering of international borders and leaving scores of travellers stranded.
The Tokyo Olympics was postponed for a year, making it one of only three Olympics to be cancelled after the 1916, 1940 and 1944 games were all cancelled due to war.
Hollywood A-lister couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who were in Australia at the time, went public on March 12 after testing positive to the virus at a Gold Coast hospital.
UK PM Boris Johnson contracted COVID-19. (AP)
By March 13, Prime Minister Scott Morrison formed a National Cabinet – comprising state and territory premiers – in response to the pandemic.
Soon after, strict social distancing restrictions on gatherings, including weddings and funerals, were issued across the country.
Gyms, pubs, cafes, nightclubs, cinemas, casinos and indoor sporting venues were also closed, with an estimated 220,000 soon to be out of work because of the virus.
Across the Tasman, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a four-week lockdown.
In the UK, Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for the virus, with Mr Johnson's condition, at one stage, so grave he was moved to ICU.
Japan and Germany would soon declare recessions, with the Australian government announcing a $130 billion wage subsidiary package to help buoy the economy with JobKepper.
In late March, Queensland would shut its borders to all but essential travel and freight. Weeks later, Western Australia followed suit, closing out the eastern states.
By July, Victoria would issue hard lockdowns for 3000 people living in nine housing blocks in Melbourne's north in what would later be deemed a breach of human rights.
In an historic move, the borders between NSW and Victoria would close to the other in July, for the first time in a century. They would remain closed for more than four months.
A month later, following a dramatic surge in daily cases of around 600, Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews declared a state of emergency and a stage four lockdown.
The announcement offered further pain to the state's residents, many of whom were already halfway through a six-week stage three lockdown.
In early September, Australia's economy plunged into its first recession is almost three decades after GDP shrank seven per cent in the April to June quarter.
Later that month, grim figures emerged with the coronavirus death toll globally reaching one million.
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania tested positive to the virus in October, as would multiple members of Mr Trump's advisors and aides.
At one point, the White House was considered a hotspot after an official gathering in the Rose Garden lacked social distancing.
In the first week of December, the race for a COVID-19 vaccine hit the final stretch with the UK announcing a rollout of doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's offering.
On December 17, French President Emmanuel Macron would also go on to test positive to the virus.