World Health Organization gives official name to coronavirus, death toll crosses 1017

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organization mentioned that, "Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing". Tens of thousands of people have been infected. Tedros said the name had been chosen to avoid references to a specific geographical location, animal species or group of people in line with global recommendations for naming aimed at preventing stigmatisation.

"I don't think the numbers are necessarily manipulated for political purposes but the numbers themselves may not be so trustworthy", Yun told AFP. "Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing", Ghebreyesus said. This year's Mobile World Congress, the world's largest technology trade show in Barcelona, has also been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Thai health authorities have barred a cruise ship from docking that has already been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan out of concern over a new virus, although no cases have been confirmed on board. "The peak time may be reached at the. middle or late this month", Zhong, an epidemiologist who won fame for his role in combating an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003, said.

The Hubei provincial health commission said COVID-19, the official name of the disease as designated by the WHO, had killed 1,310 people, 242 of which died on Wednesday alone, reports Efe news.

But the number of new infections nationally was down nearly 20% from the day before, from 3,062 to 2,478.

In recent days, Chinese authorities have increasingly been criticised for their handling of the crisis when the cases first emerged.

The party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission, and the head of the commission, were among those who lost their jobs.

Analysts said Hubei's new methodology to count infections might be for medical reasons and could be because Xi wants officials to be more transparent, but the immediate impact was to sow more distrust.

The central government has also sent a team from its highest anti-corruption agency to Hubei to investigate the treatment of Dr Li by police. International institutions including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank noted that China has enough policy space to deal with the epidemic and China's efforts have effectively reduced the risks the world economy may be exposed to. "We thank those countries that have contributed so far, and we call on all those who haven't to contribute urgently" says The Director-General.