Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

Novel coronavirus gets an official new name - COVID-19 says WHO

We Now Have An Official Name For The Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Coronavirus Gets Official Title: COVID-19
Gustavo Carr | 15 February, 2020, 01:42

Most of the cases and most of the deaths are in Hubei province.

"We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease", the World Health Organization chief said. Dr Ghebreyesus have called on the world to fight the new virus has aggressively as possible.

The affliction is also known as SARS-CoV-2, according to the Coronavirus Study Group (part of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses), which is responsible for naming the coronavirus itself.

Ghebreyesus further informed the media that the United Nations (UN) has activated a Crisis Management Team to ensure World Health Organization focuses on Covid-19. Henceforth, the Coronavirus disease will be referred to as COVID-19, as it was identified in Wuhan, China towards the end of previous year.

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"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing", Tedros said during a press conference. The number of deaths have surpassed the death toll of SARS epidemic in 2002-2003.

Scientists from across the world are now meeting in Geneva for discussing ways to combat the outbreak of Covid-19. Since the Coronavirus outbreak, at least 1,113 people have died in China and 44,653 have been diagnosed with the contagion.

She also appreciated China's sharing of the genetic sequence of the virus, which helped other countries to quickly detect and prepare for the virus."Early data sharing really helps save lives", she said, commending and congratulating China for being that open and transparent. Although the number of newly confirmed cases has stabilised in China, Tedros cautioned that the outbreak "could still go in any direction". Coronavirus Outbreak: Here's How 2019-nCoV Spreads in Humans; Are Animals and Pets Responsible for Transmission of Disease?

He added that a WHO-led advance team that travelled to China earlier this week had made "good progress" on the composition and scope of its work. Two deaths have been reported outside of China, one in Philippines and one in Hong Kong.