A 15-member team of specialists of the World Health Organisation is now in China assisting the local health officials in containing the virus. A meeting of more than 400 scientists from around the world hosted by WHO has also explored ways of increasing research efforts and to strengthen the health systems across regions. I'll spell it: "C-O-V-I-D hyphen one nine - COVID-19".
The virus itself has been designated SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, it said.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Chinese Grand Prix, scheduled for April 17-19 this year, has been postponed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising". "That. gives us an opportunity for containment".
The new name is taken from the words "corona", "virus" and "disease", with 2019 representing the year that it emerged (the outbreak was reported to the World Health Organization on 31 December), the report said. "Outside China, there are 393 cases in 24 countries, and 1 death", said Dr Ghebreyesus.
President Xi Jinping has said stronger measures should be taken to contain the virus, especially in areas with severe or high-risks, as the fight has entered a crucial stage.
THE number of fatalities and new cases from China's coronavirus outbreak soared today, with 242 more deaths and almost 15,000 more patients in hard-hit Hubei province as authorities changed their threshold for diagnosis.