World Health Organization to focus fight vs. COVID-19 in China

WHO says coronavirus cases stabilising in China but outbreak could go any way

The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses have designated the virus as SARS-CoV-2.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organization mentioned that, "Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing".

"Under agreed guidelines between WHO, the OIE Animal Health and FAO, we 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", WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press briefing at the agency's headquarters in Geneva.

"We are not defenceless", he said.

Throughout the gathering, more than 300 scientists and researchers addressed the natural history of COVID-19, its transmission and diagnosis, animal and environmental research into its origins, epidemiological studies, clinical characterization, and management of the disease, prevention and control efforts, R&D for therapeutics and vaccines, research ethics and integration of social sciences for proper response.

As of Wednesday morning, Geneva time, there were 44,730 cases of COVID-19 in China, with 1,114 deaths.

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At the end of a two-day meeting on science and innovation into measures to tackle the new viral outbreak, Tedros welcomed the "positive response of the research community" at short notice "to come up with concrete plans and commitment to work together".

These were the details of the news World Health Organization says coronavirus cases stabilising in China, but outbreak could go any way for this day. The number of deaths have surpassed the death toll of SARS epidemic in 2002-2003.

"Just over 400 cases have been reported in 24 other countries, and this is remarkably small compared to the numbers in China", he said. "1017 people in China have lost their lives due to this virus".

The WHO is extending investigations into the source of the virus (which is still undetermined), added the United Nations health agency chief, and continuing to support countries with the tools to diagnose cases and protect health workers, including personal protective equipment. Discard the tissue immediately after use, and wash your hands thereafter.

Covid-19 has spread to more than two dozen countries, including India.

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