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COVID-19 official name for 2019 novel coronavirus, says WHO

0 month ago, 12-Feb-2020

COVID-19, which stands for ‘Corona Virus Disease’, is the official name for the 2019 novel coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).– AFP file photo

KUALA LUMPUR: COVID-19, which stands for ‘Corona Virus Disease’, is the official name for the 2019 novel coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The announcement wasmade by WHO director-general DrTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who explainedthat “co” stood for “corona”, “vi” for “virus” and “d” for “disease”, in the daily media briefing about the virus, held in Geneva, Switzerland onTuesday (local time).

We now have a name for the #2019nCoV disease: COVID-19, he saidin a live video streamedthrough WHO’s official Twitter page.

“Under agreed guidelines between WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE),and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), we had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease.

“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks,” he added.

As of today, the new virus which was first detected in Wuhan, China in December last year,has infected 42,708 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the death toll reaching 1,017 in the republic.

There were 393 cases reported in 24 countries, including 18 cases in Malaysia, while one death wasreportedin the Philippines. – Bernama

COVID-19 official name for 2019 novel coronavirus, says WHO Borneo Post Online.


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