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World Coronavirus gets official name from WHO: COVID-19

18:35  11 february  2020
18:35  11 february  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Top health officials have finally named the novel coronavirus that has sickened tens of thousands of people around the world. The coronavirus is now called COVID - 19 , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general at the World Health Organization announced during a Tuesday news conference.

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The new coronavirus that's sickened more than 42,000 people in China now has an official name: COVID-19. It stands for the coronavirus disease that was discovered in 2019.

A general view of the World Health Organization (WHO) news conference on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse© REUTERS/Denis Balibouse A general view of the World Health Organization (WHO) news conference on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

The World Health Organization announced the name Tuesday, saying it was careful to find a name without stigma.

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"We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, or an individual or group of people," WHO's director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a call with reporters.

It's also easy to pronounce, he added.

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