The official name of coronavirus given is Covid-19, according to World Health Organisation (WHO).
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told media in Geneva, “We now have a name for the disease and its Covid-19,”
The name was announced after the death toll crossed 1,000 in China.
Dr. Ghebreyesus called on the world to combat the outbreak as aggressively as possible.
Experts say that the word coronavirus demonstrates the group of viruses it belongs to, instead of the latest strain.
International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses designated the virus itself as SARS-CoV-2.
WHO chief said, “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,”
“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 coronavirus outbreaks.”
The new name is derived from the word “corona”, “virus” and “disease” with 2019-the year in which the virus was originated.
Note that there are 42,200 cases of coronavirus in China. The number of deaths from this virus has broken the record of deaths that occurred due to Sars in 2003-2003.
China terminated many senior officials over handling the deadly spread of coronavirus. Deaths due to virus crossed 1,000.
Officials terminated from office included the Party Secretary for the Hubei Health Commission and the head of the commission.
The deputy director of the state’s Red Cross was also terminated for “dereliction of duty” over “handling of donations”.
The ruling communist party has also punished officials.
State media informed that deputy head of the Red Cross Zhang Qin was issued “a serious intra-Party warning as well as a serious administrative demerit”