The following is a chronology of major events related to the novel coronavirus and Japan.

Jan. 9, 2020 -- Chinese state-run media reports novel coronavirus detected in patient.

Jan. 15 -- 1st coronavirus infection confirmed in Japan.

Jan. 30 -- World Health Organization declares global emergency.

Feb. 3 -- Quarantine starts on cruise ship Diamond Princess, which arrived at Yokohama Port, group infection later confirmed among passengers, crew members.

An ambulance on Feb. 14, 2020, leaves Daikoku Pier in Yokohama where the cruise ship Diamond Princess remains in quarantine after a number of the 3,700 people on board were diagnosed with a new coronavirus. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Feb. 13 -- 1st death from new coronavirus infection in Japan confirmed.

March 4 -- Domestic infection cases top 1,000, including figures on cruise ship.

March 11 -- WHO declares spread of new coronavirus pandemic.

March 24 -- Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed to 2021 due to pandemic.

A Tokyo Olympic countdown clock set up near JR Tokyo Station shows the current time and date on March 25, 2020, rather than the number of days remaining to the games. The clock reading changed after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed to postpone the Summer Games for about one year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

April 5 -- Deaths from COVID-19 in Japan top 100.

April 7 -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares state of emergency for Tokyo, six other prefectures.

April 16 -- State of emergency expanded to entire nation, infected people in Japan top 10,000.

May 2 -- Deaths in Japan top 500.

May 14 -- Abe lifts state of emergency in 39 of Japan's 47 prefectures.

May 21 -- State of emergency lifted in western Japan prefectures of Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo.

May 25 -- State of emergency lifted in remaining prefectures, Tokyo, Hokkaido, Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa.

June 12 -- Record 31.91 trillion yen ($309 billion) extra budget enacted to mitigate social and economic fallout from coronavirus pandemic.

June 19 -- Advisories on inter-prefecture travel completely lifted in Japan.

July 22 -- Japan's domestic travel subsidy campaign begins to help revive tourism industry battered by coronavirus, excluding Tokyo.

Passengers wearing face masks line up at a check-in counter at Central Japan International Airport in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, on July 22, 2020, the first day of the central government's travel subsidy campaign aimed at shoring up a domestic travel industry hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Sept. 19 -- Japan eases restrictions on size of crowds at professional sports matches, movie theaters and other events.

Oct. 1 -- Tokyo added to travel subsidy campaign.

Oct. 29 -- Domestic infection cases top 100,000.

Nov. 22 -- Coronavirus deaths in Japan top 2,000.

Dec. 14 -- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announces halt of travel subsidy program during the New Year holidays.

Dec. 18 -- U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. requests Japan's health ministry to approve its vaccine.

Dec. 21 -- Domestic infection cases top 200,000.

Dec. 22 -- Coronavirus deaths in Japan top 3,000.

Jan. 4, 2021 -- Suga says vaccination against coronavirus can start in Japan in late February.

Jan. 7 -- Suga declares state of emergency for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures effective the following day through Feb. 7.

Jan. 13 -- Suga declares state of emergency for seven more prefectures including Osaka, Kyoto and Fukuoka. Domestic infection cases top 300,000.