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

Nellie Chapman
February 14, 2020

In scientific and medical literature, COVID-19 has been referred to as 2019nCoV, certainly not a catchy name.

They have called the disease Covid-19.

"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing", Tedros said during a press conference. Researchers were looking for an official name of the virus in order to avoid confusion and stigmatisation of any group or country.

One medical professional, Li Wenliang, was cautioned not to spread "false comments" after increasing the alarm system regarding the infection previously inDecember He ultimately captured the infection as well as passed away. Also on Tuesday, 871 patients became seriously ill, while 744 people were discharged from hospital after recovery. The death toll from the virus in China reached 1,367 Thursday.

Addressing scientists at the first worldwide conference on combating the virus earlier on Tuesday, Tedros warned that the virus was a "very grave threat". According to the Global Times report, agencies in Wuhan city alone have inspected 10.6 million people.

About 400 scientists were taking part in the two-day worldwide meeting in Geneva called to review how the virus is transmitted and possible vaccines against it.

Both roles will now be filled by the deputy head of China's National Health Commission, Wang Hesheng, an ally of President Xi Jinping, who was last week appointed a member of the provincial standing committee. Identified in late December, novel coronavirus was initially linked to a wholesale animal and fish market in Wuhan, the largest city in central China.

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World Health Organization began a two-day meeting, where it appealed for sharing virus samples and speeding up research into drugs and vaccines.

"That is especially true in relation to sharing of samples and sequences".

"It's also important to remember that while we need investment in research and development, we also need investment in stopping this outbreak now", he noted. They will take time to develop, but in the meantime, we are not defenseless.

Efforts to come up with a vaccine are being led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a body established in 2017 to finance costly biotechnology research in the wake of an Ebola outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people.

Over 770 people had died worldwide during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak.

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.

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