Coronavirus Vaccine To Be Ready In 18 Months; WHO

WHO says coronavirus cases stabilising in China but outbreak could go any way

World Health Organisation (WHO), on February 11, announced that the novel Coronavirus 2019 would officially be called Covid-19.

"We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, or an individual or group of people", said the WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a media chat on Tuesday. Most of the cases and most of the deaths are in Hubei province.

"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing", Tedros said during a press conference.

He said all countries should be "as aggressive as possible" and not allow the virus space for regional transmission.

Expert says that there is plenty of researches that have been done to ascertain the period of persistence of viruses on surfaces following the Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak in 2003.

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Covid-19 name is taken from words corona, virus, disease and 2019, as the outbreak was reported to the World Health Organization on December 31, 2019. China's Coronavirus Outbreak: How Does COVID-19 Spread In an Aeroplane and Which Is The Safest Place To Sit?. Outside China, there are 393 cases in 24 countries, with one death, the director-general added. However, the number of new infections nationally was down by almost 20% from the day before-coming down from 3,062 to 2,478.

Scientists from across the world are now meeting in Geneva for discussing ways to combat the outbreak of Covid-19.

The World Health Organisation, WHO, is developing a master plan for coordinating clinical trials that could lead to potential therapies for patients infected with the COVID-19 virus, the agency's chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus, announced on Wednesday.

The WHO is extending investigations into the source of the virus (which is still undetermined), added the United Nations health agency chief, and continuing to support countries with the tools to diagnose cases and protect health workers, including personal protective equipment. Go for a diagnosis if you have travelled to China recently. "We should recognize China for its efforts and for doing all it can to contain the spread of the virus [from] the rest of the world".

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