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On February 11, the World Health Organization (WHO)  has announced the official name of the deadly-virus in China. The name given by the international agency is “COVID-19”. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom, while addressing the scientists at the first international conference on combating the virus warned that the virus was a “very grave threat” to the world.

“We now have a name for the disease and it’s COVID-19,” World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. Tedros further added that “co” stands for “corona”, “vi” for “virus” and “d” for “disease”, while “19” was for the year, as the outbreak was first identified on December 31.

“We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or a group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease,” the WHO chief said.

“We now have a name for the disease and it’s COVID-19,” World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. Tedros said that “co” stands for “corona”, “vi” for “virus” and “d” for “disease”, while “19” was for the year, as the outbreak was first identified on December 31.

He also said that the name had been chosen to avoid references to a specific geographical location, animal species or group of people in line with international recommendations for naming aimed at preventing stigmatization.

WHO had earlier given the virus the temporary name of “2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease” and China’s National Health Commission this week said it was temporarily calling it “novel coronavirus pneumonia” or NCP.

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China has risen to 1,113, the number of confirmed cases has reached 44,653, the Chinese state health committee said on Wednesday. “As of midnight on February 11, the state health committee received information from 31 provinces… about 44,653 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the new type of coronavirus, including 38,800 people currently infected (8,204 are in serious condition); a total of 4,740 people have been discharged from hospitals and 1,113 died,” the state committee said in a statement.

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