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TT Ministry of Health hosts stakeholder meeting on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) New name for disease caused by virus outbreak: COVID-19
Patty Aguilar | 14 February, 2020, 10:42

The abbreviation stands for coronavirus disease 2019, and was meant to "prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

The new name, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019, was chosen by the World Health Organization to avoid implying any association with people, places, or animals.

Tedros said the name had been chosen to avoid references to a specific geographical location, animal species or group of people in line with global recommendations for naming aimed at preventing stigmatisation. Beyond China, the disease has struck 24 countries, causing 393 cases and 1 death, in the Philippines.

"With 99% 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", he told more than 400 researchers and national authorities, including some taking part by video conference from mainland China and Taiwan.

The COVID-19 continues to grip China, but advancements in genetic technology is making it simpler and faster to understand how it spreads.

On Monday, 108 people died because of the virus, according to figures released by the country's health authorities, a spike that exceeded the 97 deaths recorded the day before.

As we get even further into technicalities, "Covid-19" is actually the name of the disease caused by this particular strain of coronavirus, not the virus itself.

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"Viruses can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action", he told reporters later.

Addressing scientists at the first worldwide conference on combating the virus earlier on Tuesday, Tedros warned that the virus was a "very grave threat". Dr Ghebreyesus have called on the world to fight the new virus has aggressively as possible. Human transmission and now air transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Step in Covid-19, taken from the words "corona", "virus" and "disease", with the "19" representing the year that it emerged.

"We are not defenceless", Tedros said, adding: "If we invest now... we have a realistic chance of stopping this outbreak". Identified in late December, novel coronavirus was initially linked to a wholesale animal and fish market in Wuhan, the largest city in central China. Often, said Mr. Tedros, without an evidence-based risk assessment.

It might take 18 months before a medication is developed, according to Tedros.

Four candidate vaccines against the virus that are being funded through the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) were discussed.

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