The World Health Organization Named The New Coronavirus "COVID-19"

Clay Curtis
February 14, 2020

The new name for the coronavirus is now COVID-19, and here's how that name was conceived. Here's the full statement, "A virus can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action".

The WHO chief also said that, "under agreed guidelines between WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 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".

Tedros said the name had been chosen to avoid references to a specific geographical location, animal species or group of people in line with worldwide recommendations for naming aimed at preventing stigmatisation.

To prevent the outbreak from turning into a pandemic, governments must help poorer countries now so that their health systems become able to stem the virus, Tedros said. 97 deaths from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps were reported.

"The first vaccine could be ready in 18 months".

They will follow the operation model of Huoshenshan Hospital and be tasked with treating confirmed patients of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in Taikang Tongji Hospital and a branch of Hubei's Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital, reports Xinhua news agency.

This week's christening comes as the coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000; more than 43,000 cases have been reported in China and overseas. The national death toll is now 1,016.

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Within the same 24-hour period, 2,478 new infections were confirmed across China, bringing the total tally up to 37,626.

The Diamond Princess, operated by Carnival cruises, remained quarantined off the coast of Yokohama, Japan, where it has been for a week.

Meanwhile, WHO sent an advance team to China this week for an worldwide mission to examine the epidemic.

The decision comes on the back of a wave of public criticism aimed at officials in the province, precipitated by the death of Li Wenliang.

One patient in Macao and one in Taiwan have been discharged from hospital after recovery.

He said all countries should be "as aggressive as possible" and not allow the virus space for regional transmission. Almost all of the affected patients contracted the virus in China, but cases of human-to-human transmission have occurred several times outside of China.

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