Coronavirus outbreak: World Health Organization officially names disease Covid-19

Egypt confirms first coronavirus case in Africa

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The "Co" stands for corona, "vi" for virus, "d" for disease, and the "19" stands for the year of its outbreak.

"We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, or an individual or group of people", said the WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a media chat on Tuesday. Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, will coordinate the response of the United Nations and is heading a crisis management team. "It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks". That's why reaching out to the public directly and telling them the precautions they should take.

World Health Organization has activated a UN Crisis Management Team on 11 Feb 2020, to be led by general, Dr Mike Ryan who will coordinate the whole UN response.

WHO is also hosting a two-day meeting of more than 400 scientists from around the world, both in person and virtually called Global research and innovation forum on February 11 and 12.

"The development of vaccines and therapeutics is one important part of the research agenda - but it is only one part".

"This is an opportunity we should not miss", Ghebreyesus said.

The new coronavirus infection has killed over 1,100 people and has sickened over 43,000, mostly in mainland China, but Tedros said "we have a realistic chance of stopping the #COVID19 outbreak".

The virus originated in the capital city of China's Hubei province, Wuhan.

Ghebreyesus said China gave World Health Organization this opportunity as the majority of the cases are found in the country. The WHO is, meanwhile, working on measures to prevent any further spread of coronavirus.

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