Coronavirus cases stabilise, but outbreak could go any way

WHO names deadly coronavirus disease 'COVID-19'

WHO names deadly coronavirus disease 'COVID-19'

The number of cases of infection with the new coronavirus in China has stabilised, but the apparent slowdown in the epidemic spread should be viewed with "extreme caution,", the head of the World Health Organisation said yesterday.

WHO has renamed the 2019-nCoV to COVID-19, under agreed guidelines between WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to represent the entire viral outbreak under one category as "Corona Virus Disease" (COVID). The Chinese government has sacked two senior health officials in the Hubei province most affected by the coronavirus.

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

Ghebreyesus further informed the media that the United Nations (UN) has activated a Crisis Management Team to ensure World Health Organization focuses on Covid-19.

The deadly coronavirus disease that has affected thousands around the globe and claimed hundreds of lives has been given an official name - "COVID-19".

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The affliction is also known as SARS-CoV-2, according to the Coronavirus Study Group (part of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses), which is responsible for naming the coronavirus itself. "It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks".

More than 42,200 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in China.

If enough resources were devoted to fight the virus, there's a realistic chance of containing the disease, said Dr Ghebreyesus. Go for a diagnosis if you have travelled to China recently. Some people also refer to the respiratory illness as the "Wuhan virus" or "China virus."With 99 per cent of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world", Dr. Ghebreyesus said".

Covid-19 has spread to more than two dozen countries, including India. However, the number of new infections nationally was down by almost 20% from the day before-coming down from 3,062 to 2,478.

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