New coronavirus gets official name of 'COVID-19'

"With 99 per cent of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world", Dr. Ghebreyesus said.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday that the first vaccines for the novel coronavirus could be ready in 18 months.

Tedros added that even with the absence of a specific vaccine and treatment, countries are not "defenseless", saying there are many public health intervention, which could prevent infections now. The acronym stands for coronavirus disease 2019, as the illness was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.

"We now have a name for the disease and it's Covid-19", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva, explaining that "co" stood for "corona", "vi" for "virus" and "d" for "disease".

He then reiterated his appeal for donations which will be used to develop and evaluate effective diagnostic tests, vaccines and medicines.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (picture) said late Sunday that the WHO-led team of worldwide experts had left for China amid the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, reported Xinhua news agency.

Palestine, Israel clash at United Nations over Trump’s Middle East plan
Following his UNSC address, Abbas later in the day held a press conference in NY with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Responding to Abbas, Danon told the Security Council on Tuesday that the Palestinian leader was "not serious about peace".

The new coronavirus infection has killed over 1,100 people and has sickened over 43,000, mostly in mainland China, but Tedros said "we have a realistic chance of stopping the #COVID19 outbreak".

"A virus can cause more powerful consequences in political, economic, and social upheaval than any terrorist attack, and the world should consider the virus as public enemy No. 1", the WHO head said.

Currently, there are 393 COVID-19 cases overseas, in a total of 24 countries. Meanwhile, an additional 39 cases have been reported on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was being quarantined for a second week off the coast of Japan.

And in Singapore, the bank DBS on Wednesday cleared a downtown office and told some 300 employees to work from home after one of its staff was infected with the virus.

However, the global health body hopes to have an effective vaccine within 18 months.

Related News:



Most liked

Amazon is still crushing Google and Apple in the smart speaker market
Amazon product does not support many non-English languages as their competitors, the findings of the report. Rather, smart speakers may simply be just one way in which users interact with technologies through voice.

As Merkel's 'successor' resigns, what next for Germany?
He has battled back from the political wilderness and ran Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer to a close second. She would organise a process to fill both roles in the summer.

Coronavirus: Chinese GP postponed as impact on auto industry grows
But many Olympic qualifying events are in disarray, with Chinese athletes not free to travel outside the country to participate. Hosting fees also make up a significant portion of Formula One's revenues, with some races paying as much as $40 million a year.

Modi welcomes Trump ahead of state visit to India
The United States , in particular, is seeking greater access to the Indian market for US agricultural goods and medical devices. The first presidential visit of Trump after impechment acquittal will take place on February 24-25.

New Disney Ticket Price Hikes Now in Effect
The service allows visitors to book timed entry to some of the most popular rides in advance to avoid long lines. Reason behind this is the different tiers and what Disneyland considers "Peak Days" according to their website .

Billie Eilish's 2020 Oscars Performance Of The Beatles' 'Yesterday'
Only there to perform this year's in memoriam , Billie likely just didn't know what songs were being sang or what was going on. The outfit is in stark contrast to the usual Gucci attire that she usually sports .

Dwyane Wade's eldest son Zaire throws his support behind transgender sister Zaya
Wade's actress wife, Gabrielle Union , took to Twitter to introduce " Zaya ". "Meet Zaya ", Union, 47, captioned the clip Tuesday.

Ohio State Football Players Arrested For Rape, Kidnapping
The criminal complaint alleges Riep grabbed the woman by the neck, forcing her to her hands and knees before raping her. According to ESPN, Riep is a senior cornerback from Cincinnati, who appeared in 37 games for the Buckeyes.

XFL team fires defensive coordinator after first game of the season
In the first game on Sunday, neither team had a former Longhorn when the Tampa Bay Vipers traveled to NY to face the Guardians. Walker finished with 272 passing yards and four touchdowns in the 37-17 victory, and he also rushed for 26 yards.

Harry and Meghan Markle requested by the Queen to return to UK
Harry and Meghan originally settled in Vancouver, British Columbia, but now there are reports that they will move to Los Angeles. Thursday was the first public appearance of Harry and Meghan since they took a step back within the British royal family.

From France: Liverpool made €35m offer for winger in January window
The Reds brought in Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg in January, but did not add further to their squad. Their logic behind doing so is claimed to be their awareness that they have no alternative to Mohamed Salah .

Allan Border Medallist David Warner reveals plans to retire from T20s
If you discuss AB de Villiers and Virender Sehwag, then they've achieved this for a very long time . The 33-year-old received Australia's highest cricketing honour for the third time in a row.

Iowa Gives Buttigieg the Largest Delegate Count, Followed Closely by Sanders
She added: "And the way we do this is not by launching a bunch of attacks on each other and trying to tear each other down". At a campaign stop in Concord, Warren told reporters that she did not intend to go negative on fellow front-runners.

Major League Baseball considering new playoff format and live selection TV show, report says
The other division victor would then choose its opponent from the remaining teams, leaving the final two teams to face each other. According to Sherman , the new system would include a new "wild-card round" before the traditional Division Series.

Man City clash with West Ham postponed by storm
The match was originally scheduled for Sunday, 9 February but adverse weather conditions, caused by Storm Ciara, forced its postponement.