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Timeline: May 2003

May 4 More than one million school children in the capital of Beijing will stay home for another two weeks as their government tries tract the spread of SARS. Government officials will conduct classes by television or over the Internet.
May 5 WHO publishes new research that suggests the virus can survive outside the human body for hours or even days, spreading through sewage and contaminated objects
May 6 In the Chinese city of Nanjing, officials order 10,000 people into quarantine. Meanwhile, World Health Organization report the outbreak is over in Vietnam and receding in Canada.
May 7 WHO sends a four-member team to visit two Chinese provinces where the rural health system is not prepared spreading outbreak of SARS. First major study of SARS estimates that about 20 percent of the people sent to hospital with the disease in Hong Kong are dying.
May 8 The World Health Organization estimates that 15 percent of people whom get SARS will die of the disease and that the rate among elderly patients is more than 50 percent.
May 11 Ontario's former medical officer of health, Dr. Richard Schabas, says Ontario officials mishandled the SARS outbreak in that province by incorrectly analyzing the data.
May 12 A suspected case of SARS in Finland keeps Canada on the World Health Organization's list of countries affected by the disease. The man is Finland's first case, after he traveled from Toronto. However, Dr. Colin D'Cunha, Ontario's commissioner, say that is preposterous.
May 14 Prime Minister Jean Chretien announced that the World Health Organization removed Toronto from its list of SARS–affected areas, after there was no SARS for 20 days.
May 15 China's Supreme Court threatens to execute or impose a life sentence on anyone who breaks SARS quarantine orders and deliberately spreads the disease in order to prevent SARS from spreading through the countryside.
May 17 WHO announces the SARS epidemic is showing signs of ending everywhere except Mainland China.
May 19 The World Health Organization imposes a travel advisory on the entire SARS-afflicted island of Taiwan after it reported a record daily rise of 65 probable cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome. It contains the third highest number of cases after China and Hong Kong.
May 24 At least 500 people in Toronto are ordered into quarantine as a precaution while health officials investigate a few dozen possible new cases of SARS. Yet, Public health authorities confirm that they're looking at up to only 33 new infections.
May 25 Toronto public health officials say they have been able to trace eight probable SARS cases back to the original, hospital-based outbreak.
May 26 Toronto public health officials say they have been able to trace eight probable SARS cases back to the original, hospital-based outbreak.
May 26 Toronto health officials assure that the current SARS outbreak has been contained. Approximately 2,200 people are quarantined across Ontario - close to half are in Toronto. There are 11 active probable cases and more than two dozen suspect cases of SARS in that city.
May 28 Two more SARS deaths are announced in Toronto. The Ontario government, meanwhile, announces that it will spend $720 million on assisting health-care workers and facilities involved in the SARS fight.
May 31 Ontario's chief medical officer says four deaths at the Scarborough Centenary site of the Rouge Valley Health System are being investigated to determine if they're SARS-related.

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