No, it is not the first time this has happened in history. Actually, it has happened many times if we take into account not only plagues or pandemics, but also wars. So it is a DÉJÀ VU (this is a French expression used in English to refer to something that has happened before).
By the way, have you ever seen the film "Déjà vu"?
Deja Vu - Official Trailer
And this is also what happens in the next episode of LINGOHACK >>>>
- Episode 200401 / 01 April 2020 >>> Coronavirus: Learning from the past - Language related to 'survival'. Need-to-know language: isolate, measure up, acts of kindness, close-knit & humanity.
Breaking news >>>> These are no fake news!!! The Official Language School has cancelled the period of registration for the freelance students for the B1 and B2 exams!!!! I'll let you know when the registration time is open.
US death rates v UK, Italy and South Korea - BBC News
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE QUARANTINE
Thursday, 2nd April
Tasks for today & Easter:
Do exercises on pages 73-75 (Unit 6)
Study for the exam (first 5 units) that we will do after Easter. It will probably be on Tuesday and I will give you 2 hours to do it and send it to me. You will write the answers (handwriting) and send me photographs or scanned images of them.