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Coronavirus disease gets new name ‘Covid-19’

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The World Health Organization on Tuesday said “Covid-19” would be the new official name for the deadly coronavirus that was first identified in China on December 31.

“We now have a name for the disease and it’s Covid-19,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva, explaining that “co” stood for “corona”, “vi” for “virus” and “d” for “disease”.

Meanwhile, WHO said there was a “realistic chance” of stopping a deadly virus originating from China that has killed more than 1,000 people.

“If we invest now… we have a realistic chance of stopping this outbreak,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

AFP

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