COVID-19: WHO renames Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that “COVID-19” will now be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represented a “very grave threat” for the world but there was a “realistic chance” of stopping it.

> ame as the death toll in mainland China has now reached more than 1,000, after 108 people died from the virus on Monday – the highest daily toll since the outbreak began late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Refenmeasures, Tedros said: “To be honest, a virus is more powerful in creating political, economic and social upheaval than any terrorist attack. A virus can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action. If the world doesn’t want to wake up and consider this enemy virus as Public Enemy Number 1, I don’t think we will learn from our lessons,” Tedros said.

The agency ha opeeding up research into drugs and vaccines.

“d . 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.

“If w astopping this outbreak,” he added.

The agency had earlier mpCoV acute respiratory disease” and China’s National Health Commission this week said it was temporarily calling it “novel coronavirus pneumonia” or NCP.

Under a set of guidelines issued gas such as Ebola and Zika, where those diseases were first identified and which are now inevitably linked to them in the public mind.

More general names such as “Middldr are also now avoided as they can stigmatise entire regions or ethnic groups.

According to China’s National Health Comm ne mainland due to the virus as of Tuesday was 1,016.

42,638 infections have been reported. The v aWuhan and the surrounding Hubei province.

Two deaths have been recorded outside mainlg hilippines.

At least 25 countries have confirmed cases an ens from Hubei.

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