Coronavirus gets new name, Covid-19, as death toll reaches 1,017

The coronavirus will henceforth be known as “Covid-19”, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.

WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said in Geneva while addressing journalists on the status of the disease that having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing.

The disease was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and has since spread to 24 other countries. There is also no certainty on how far the disease would spread before a cure or vaccine is found to curb the spread of the disease.

In the last seven weeks, Covid-19 had been reported as coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, until scientists came up with the new official name.

Mr Ghebreyesus said giving the novel disease a name would give the health community a…

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