At the start of 2020 barely anyone outside of the worlds of health and science had any interest in coronavirus, nor had they even heard of it.
The virus, which reportedly originated in a fish market in Wuhan, China has since gone on to dominate headlines around the globe and completely change the way that we conduct our lives.
Covid-19 has since claimed more than one million lives worldwide and it's hard to believe that it has been with us for less than 12 months. It was first detected at the end of December 2019, when officials in China identified the virus, but it wasn't until 12 January that it started to make news on British television.
On the nine-month anniversary of this first report of the first death from coronavirus, which didn't have a name at that point, BBC reporter Rich Preston shared the footage on Twitter adding that the importance of the news was so minor that it went out at 5am on a Sunday morning, with officials claiming that the disease was under control and would not be the same as the 2008 Sars pandemic.
Exactly 9 months ago, just after 5am UK time on the 12 January, the first BBC TV report ran about the death of a ma… https://t.co/Ouxw6Cwsfw
A quick reminder that back in January of this year, the biggest news story in the UK was the last days of nation in the European Union before Brexit took hold and much of the world looked on in horror as wildfires in Australia devastated the outback and killed animals.
Looking back on this report and how tame it now seems in comparison is a sobering watch and people's reactions to the footage told the story of just how eerie it now seems.