World Health Organization names deadly disease from China as 'COVID-19'

Coronavirus patients, medical staff dance at Wuhan hospital to stay positive

The WHO chief also said that, "under agreed guidelines between WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 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".

Tedros who spoke on Tuesday during a meeting of more than 400 scientists from around the world, said WHO is bringing the world together to coordinate the response.

"We are not defenceless", Tedros said, adding: "If we invest now... we have a realistic chance of stopping this outbreak".

"We now have a name for the disease and it's Covid-19", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. The death toll now stands at 1,016.

The woman, 39, is the daughter of Malaysia's 16th Covid-19 case and a friend of the 14th confirmed case. Go for a diagnosis if you have travelled to China recently.

It "could lead to disruptions in China that spill over to the rest of the global economy", he said.

CDC confirms 15th case of coronavirus in the United States
She said CDC is working closely with states, and will deliver new ingredients to laboratories that have encountered the problem. The only confirmed evacuee cases were at Miramar, where about 200 people are being held under quarantine until all are cleared.

But the number of new infections nationally was down nearly 20% from the day before, from 3,062 to 2,478. Dr Mike Ryan will coordinate the whole United Nations response.

Over 770 people had died worldwide during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak.

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.

Meanwhile, WHO sent an advance team to China this week for an worldwide mission to examine the epidemic.

Participants will also discuss the source of the virus, which is thought to have originated in bats and reached humans via other "intermediary" species such as snakes or pangolins.

Since the beginning of the outbreak in December, the virus has spread to about two dozen countries.

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