We Now Have An Official Name For The Coronavirus Disease: COVID-19

TT Ministry of Health hosts stakeholder meeting on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted Tuesday that the virus - now formally named COVID-19 - is "a very grave threat" well beyond China, where it originated and has killed at least 1,113 people.

"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", the World Health Organization chief said.

Health officials said Wednesday it is too soon to tell if the coronavirus is showing signs of slowing, after new infection numbers were down. "To be honest, a virus is more powerful in creating political, economic and social upheaval than any terrorist attack", said Tedros.

The virus has thrown industries that do business with China into chaos, including travel and tourism. "When we look at the number of cases of influenza just in [the United States], the number of deaths from influenza far, far, far overshadows the morbidity and mortality associated with coronavirus". The national death toll is now 1,016.

Within the same 24-hour period, 2,478 new infections were confirmed across China, bringing the total tally up to 37,626.

Clinically diagnosed patients mean that they demonstrated all the symptoms of COVID-19, but have been unable to be tested, treated, or they had died before they got tested positive of the virus.

Three cruise ships had either experienced delayed port clearance or been denied entry to ports.

"We must accept that under these circumstances there is no such thing as zero risk", he added.

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Beijing: The deadly Coronavirus has stirred up the whole world including China.

Zhang Jin, the Communist Party secretary of the Hubei Health Commission, and the commission's director, Liu Yingzi, were both dismissed by Hubei's Communist Party Standing Committee, the province's highest decision-making body, according to the Communist Party-run People's Daily.

The decision comes on the back of a wave of public criticism aimed at officials in the province, precipitated by the death of Li Wenliang.

Speaking to journalists, Dr. Ryan explained that routine winter testing of patients with chest ailments in hospitals in China, Singapore, and Hong Kong had not indicated widespread COVID-19 transmission.

The new name is a portmanteau of the words "corona", "virus" and "disease", with 2019 representing the year that it emerged. He fears that when the virus reaches a country with a weak health system, it can wreak havoc and uncontrollable infections.

Ryan said in-depth research by World Health Organization had managed to track down the sources of transmission in nearly all the 441 cases of the virus outside of China, with eight exceptions.

However, it was very likely that the virus was passed on indirectly from the small winged mammals to humans via some intermediate species, she added.


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