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Coronavirus update: WHO names novel coronavirus as COVID-19

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World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday gave the new name to the deadly novel coronavirus that started in China as ‘COVID-19.’

The name was announced by WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Twitter.

Tedros in his tweet said, “We now have a name for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus: COVID-19. where CO stands for Corona, VI for Virus, D for disease and 19 refers to the year 2019.”

“Having the name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing,” he tweeted.

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Briefing more on the update, Tedros said, “We have activated the UN Crisis Management team, led by Dr. Mike Ryan, to ensure WHO focuses on the response to COVID-19 while other agencies look at the social, economic and developmental implications of an outbreak.”

“The first batch of vaccine would be ready in 18 months, in the meantime, there’s a lot to do to prevent transmission of the virus, and to prevent it from the further spread,” he added.

Earlier it was called by the WHO as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease, whereas China’s National Health Commission named it as coronavirus pneumonia.


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