World Health Organization calls the coronavirus carnage in China the 'tip of the iceberg'

World Health Organization calls the coronavirus carnage in China the 'tip of the iceberg'

World Health Organization calls the coronavirus carnage in China the 'tip of the iceberg'

"We now have a name for the disease and it's Covid-19", he said.

"We now have a name for the disease and it's COVID-19", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

The coronavrius is now called COVID-19, with "CO" representing "corona", "VI" for "virus" and "D" for disease.

The UN health agency intentionally avoided names that could be linked to a geographical region, an animal, or a group of people, he said.

Many questions remain about the origin of the virus, which emerged at a wildlife market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December, and is spread by people in droplets from coughing or sneezing.

Meanwhile, British media outlets reported two prisoners were being tested for the coronavirus.

"To defeat this outbreak, we need open and equitable sharing, according to the principles of fairness and equity".

St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said China's economy was expected to "slow noticeably" in the first quarter and anyone pricing assets should for now consider the "tail risk" that the outbreak could get worse.

To date, it has infected more than 42,000 people in the country and killed 1,107.

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"So, we have to do everything today using the available weapons to fight this virus while preparing for the long term using the preparations for the vaccines", Tedros said.

Only 319 cases have been confirmed in 24 other countries and territories outside mainland China, with two deaths: one in Hong Kong and the other in the Philippines.

At a hospital treating infected patients in Beijing, Xi on Monday called the situation at the epicentre "still very grave" and "more decisive measures" to contain the spread of the virus, said state broadcaster CCTV.

Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus traveled to Beijing for talks with President Xi Jinping and Chinese ministers in late January and returned with an agreement to send an worldwide mission.

No specific treatment or vaccine against the virus exists, and World Health Organization has repeatedly urged countries to share data in order to further research into the disease.

Experts say it could be months or even years before any approved treatments or vaccines are developed, by which time the outbreak might be over.

"I hope this outbreak or this event may be over in something like April", said the 83-year-old Zhong, who was also involved in fighting the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic.

Tedros met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last month and said it took about two weeks for the country to agree to allow an global team of experts to come to investigate the outbreak. They represent 13 confirmed cases.

Chinese officials first started restricting travel into and out of Wuhan on January 23 and later expanded lockdowns to include several other areas of Hubei Province. There is also no certainty on how far the disease would spread before a cure or vaccine is found to curb the spread of the disease.

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