By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
Novel Corona Virus has been renamed Covid-19 by World Health Organisation (WHO).
WHO leader, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gbebreyesus, who disclosed the new name of the disease that broke out in China in December, 2019, said: “We had to find a name that did not refer to any geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease.
“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future corona virus outbreaks.”
The change of name came after the death toll from the virus passed 1,000, while tens of thousands of people have been infected.Ghebreyesus implored the global comnunity to fight the new virus as aggressively as possible.
The word coronavirus refers to the group of viruses it belongs to, rather than the latest strain, Ghebreyesus stated.
The WHO chief explained that the new name is taken from the words “corona”, “virus” and “disease”, with 2019 representing the year that it emerged (the outbreak was reported to the WHO on 31 December).
There are now more than 42,200 confirmed cases across China. The number of deaths has overtaken that of the Sars epidemic in 2002 – 2003.
On Monday, some 103 people died in Hubei province alone, a daily record, and the national death toll is now 1,016.But the number of new infections nationally was down almost 20 per cent from the day before, from 3,062 to 2,478.