The World Health Organization Named The New Coronavirus "COVID-19"


People wearing protective face masks walk across the Esplanade Bridge in Singapore.

Among other efforts to contain and stop the COVID-19 outbreak, World Health Organization is hosting more than 400 scientists in Geneva to discuss ways to combat the disease.

Genetic analysis of the virus suggests that it may have originally been transmitted from bats, senior World Health Organization scientist Marie-Paule Kieny said.

Tedros said the World Health Organisation had chosen a name that did not refer to a geographical location, animals, an individual or a group of people to avoid stigmatisation amid a wave of anti-Chinese sentiment.

In Taiwan, which has reported only 18 cases of the virus, cabinet proposed a US$2 billion (2.9 trillion kyat) package to help the economy deal with the impact of the epidemic.

"Last night they took him off the ship and we've got no idea where he is", she said.

"Viruses can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action", he added.

Xi chaired a meeting of the ruling Politburo Standing Committee on Wednesday after figures showed that the number of new cases had dropped for a second straight day.

Several governments have banned arrivals from China and major airlines suspended flights in a bid to keep the disease away from their shores.

The increase came as provincial officials adopted a new methodology for counting infections although it was not immediately clear how the new methods affected the results, nor why the death toll rose so sharply.

British man who passed virus to 11people recovers But the case of a British man who passed on the virus to at least 11other people - without having been in China - has raised fears of a new phase of contagion overseas.

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COVID-19 is believed to have originated late a year ago at a seafood market in Hubei province's capital Wuhan.

- Forty-four fresh cases have been detected on the Princes Diamond cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan.

The ship was placed in quarantine for two weeks when it arrived in Tokyo on February 3 after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus.

The case of a British man who passed on the virus to at least 11 other people - without having been in China - has raised fears of a new phase of contagion overseas.

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A total of 4,740 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.

The death of a doctor whose early warnings were suppressed by authorities sparked widespread public anger.

Tedros, speaking with journalists on Monday, referred to "some worrying cases of subsequent transmission of people without a history of travel to China", citing cases this week in France and Britain.

"I guess if the situation in Hubei is a long way from being under control, the party should be anxious about instability, because you are literally going to have tens of millions of people confined indoors at least for another month", he said.

Toward the end of January, Zhong had expected a peak in a week to 10 days.