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COVID-19: World Health Organization official name for Coronavirus

COVID-19: World Health Organization official name for Coronavirus”

As per WHO, Excluding China, there are 24 countries affected with COVID-19 (Corona Virus Infectious Disease).

A 15-member team of specialists of the World Health Organisation is now in China assisting the local health officials in containing the virus.

"This outbreak could still go in any direction", the WHO's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told a briefing in Geneva. I'll spell it: "C-O-V-I-D hyphen one nine - COVID-19". Under global guidelines, the World Health Organization "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", he explained.

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"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising". He praised the measures being taken in China, which he said were "slowing the spread to the rest of the world".

This record jump comes after a day when National Health Commission said at a press conference in Beijing yesterday said that the number of daily confirmed novel coronavirus cases in China has seen a 48.2 percent decrease between February 4 and 11. Japan reported the highest number of 203 cases with a majority of them from a cruise ship in which two Indian crew onboard tested positive for the coronavirus. This year's Mobile World Congress, the world's largest technology trade show in Barcelona, has also been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.



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