Tuesday, 29 September, 2020

Novel coronavirus to be called COVID-19

WHO says outbreak could 'go in any direction' as new cases drop China coronavirus: Record 242 new fatalities and 15,000 fresh cases in a single day
Deanna Wagner | 13 February, 2020, 22:56

According to Reuters, the total cases of the new coronavirus in China have now hit 44,653, according to Chinese health officials, including 2,015 new confirmed cases on February 11.

As we get even further into technicalities, "Covid-19" is actually the name of the disease caused by this particular strain of coronavirus, not the virus itself.

China's latest figures also showed that the number of deaths on the mainland rose by 97 to 1,113 by the end of Tuesday. Tens of thousands of people have been infected.

"Coronavirus" is actually the name of a large family of viruses, not the virus itself.

"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 was quoted as saying.

"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising".

The first cases of Coronavirus were logged as far back as the end of past year on 31 December 2019 in China. The number of deaths has overtaken that of the Sars epidemic in 2002-2003.

China's anti-corruption body said Hubei health commission chief Zhang Jin and director Liu Yingzi had been sacked for unspecified reasons and their roles would be filled by Wang Hesheng, a member of the provincial committee of the Communist Party, Reuters reported.

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The additions raised the death toll to 1,355 and the total number of infections nationwide to almost 60,000. Most of the deaths have been in Hubei and its capital, Wuhan, the epicentre of the crisis.

According to the World Health Organisation there were 42,708 confirmed cases reported in China, and tragically the death toll surpassed 1000 deaths as on Tuesday.

In recent days, Chinese authorities have increasingly been criticised for their handling of the crisis when the cases first emerged.

Pressure on local officials for their perceived incompetence has mounted particularly after the death last week of a Chinese doctor who was punished by Wuhan authorities for raising the alarm about the new virus.

Moves by Washington and other countries to curb visitors from China have offended Beijing, which says they are an over-reaction.

Several Communist Party officials, including the party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission and the head of the commission, lost their jobs in the government purge, the BBC reported citing local media.

The online newspaper VN Express cited a senior official of Vinh Phuc province as reporting an increase in cases in Son Loi.

China's corruption watchdog sent a team to Wuhan to investigate "issues raised by the public in connection with Dr. Li Wenliang".