Coronavirus now has a Name: COVID-19

A security guard wearing a protective face mask checks the temperature of a cleaning woman amid coronavirus fears in Hong Kong Feb. 14 2020

The health ministry said in a statement it had immediately informed the World Health Organisation (WHO) and had taken all necessary preventative measures.

For that, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses has designated the virus itself with the even more memorable title of "SARS-CoV-2".

Tedros said having a name for the new disease is important to prevent the use of other names that might be stigmatizing.

World Health Organization emergencies programme chief Mike Ryan, director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove at a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland February 6, 2020. Since the Coronavirus outbreak, at least 1,113 people have died in China and 44,653 have been diagnosed with the contagion. The director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the name has been chosen with an aim to avoid stigma, and in such a way that it makes a reference to any people, place or animals.

It was explained that discovering the case comes amid the ministry's precaution plan to follow-up with the travelers coming from the countries which recorded Infections with coronavirus.

Coronavirus now has a Name: COVID-19
Coronavirus now has a Name: COVID-19

Racist attitudes are inextricably tied to the epidemic, just as they were when SARS spread in 2013, and ebola started claiming lives a year later.

In recent days, Chinese authorities have increasingly been criticised for their handling of the crisis when the cases first emerged. The hospital has, so far, seen 40 suspected cases but has discharged 38 patients after they tested negative for the virus.

The central government has also sent a team from its highest anti-corruption agency to Hubei to investigate the treatment of Dr Li by police.

WHO hosted a meeting of more than 400 scientists from around the world on 11 and 12 Feb 2020, both in person and virtually to bring the world together to coordinate the response and to highlight the essence of multilateralism. The World Bank has said that it is not considering a proposal to give loans to China to fight this disease.

Dr. Sylvie Briand, WHO director of global infectious hazard preparedness, said such infections were not unusual in outbreaks but that it was seeking more details from Chinese authorities.

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