Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

WHO Gives New Name To Coronavirus Disease

WHO Gives New Name To Coronavirus Disease

The new name for the coronavirus is now COVID-19, and here's how that name was conceived.

"A virus is more powerful in creating political, social and economic upheaval than any terrorist attack", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

The World Health Organisation, WHO has announced that the novel coronavirus will be known as "COVID-19" henceforth, noting that it was careful to find a name without stigma.

"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing", Tedros said during a press conference.

"We are not defenceless", Tedros said, adding: "If we invest now... we have a realistic chance of stopping this outbreak".

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

Lab technicians test COVID-19 coronavirus samples in Shenyang, China. Coronavirus death toll has crossed 1,000, with more than 42,000 confirmed cases. Now one thing is also coming to the fore that the number of patients who have been infected by the coronavirus is increasing day by day.

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The Diamond Princess, operated by Carnival cruises, remained quarantined off the coast of Yokohama, Japan, where it has been for a week. Dr Mike Ryan will coordinate the whole United Nations response.

Zhang Jin, the Communist Party secretary of the Hubei Health Commission, and the commission's director, Liu Yingzi, were both dismissed by Hubei's Communist Party Standing Committee, the province's highest decision-making body, according to the Communist Party-run People's Daily.

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

One patient in Macao and one in Taiwan have been discharged from hospital after recovery. Inside China, the virus has already caused massive disruption by dampening consumption during Lunar New Year celebrations - the busiest shopping time in the country - and forcing lockdowns of key supply chain nodes.

He said all countries should be "as aggressive as possible" and not allow the virus space for regional transmission.

It is perhaps not surprising that, according to one Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher, the authorities are now "equally, if not more, concerned with silencing criticism as with containing the spread of the virus".

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