Published: Wed, February 12, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

New coronavirus gets official name of 'COVID-19'

New coronavirus gets official name of 'COVID-19'

More than 1,000 people have so far lost their lives to the new coronavirus, according the World Health Organization (WHO).

The National Health Commission said 2,015 new cases had been reported over the last 24 hours, representing a second day of decline. The new reports bring the total number of cases on the ship, which has 3,700 passengers and crew on board, to 174. World Health Organization now calls the disease caused by the new virus as Corona Virus Disease or COVID-19. Earlier, WHO had also warned the worldwide public health authorities that the Wuhan Virus was of a significant threat to the nations outside mainland China and the disease's pandemic nature enforced a global response to the outbreak.

Dr. Tedros reiterated the basic preventive measures that people should religiously practice while there remains no cure for the coronavirus disease.

And the total confirmed cases of the new virus vastly exceed the 8,098 sickened by Sars.

Experts, however, say it could still be months or even years before any approved treatments are developed.

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Despite the official end of the extended Lunar New Year holiday, China remained mostly closed for business as many remained at home, with some 60 million people under virtual quarantine. Most of the deaths occurred in Hubei Province.

The Chinese mail service, China Post, said it was disinfecting postal offices, processing centres and vehicles to ensure the virus doesn't spread via the mail and to protect staff.

"We have to stop more people from being infected", he said.

Without enough facilities to handle the number of cases, Wuhan has been building prefab hospitals and converting a gym and other large spaces to house patients and try to isolate them from others. These include a sharply slowing domestic economy, the trade war with the US and pushback on China's increasingly aggressive foreign policies.

World stocks, which had seen rounds of selloffs due to the coronavirus' impact on China's economy and ripple effects around the world, kept rising towards record highs on Tuesday on the comments on the virus reaching its peak.

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