Backgrounder: COVID-19 -- official name for disease caused by novel coronavirus

  • Backgrounder: COVID-19 -- official name for disease caused by novel coronavirus

Backgrounder: COVID-19 -- official name for disease caused by novel coronavirus

"Viruses can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action", he told reporters.

Among other efforts to contain and stop the COVID-19 outbreak, World Health Organization is hosting more than 400 scientists in Geneva to discuss ways to combat the disease.

"Outbreaks can bring out the best and worst in people", said Mr. Tedros.

With this, the overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland reached 44,653 by the end of Tuesday. Go for a diagnosis if you have travelled to China recently.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned the vaccine for the virus, which the group dubbed Covid-19, will take time to develop and mentioned global locations could have to make do with obtainable sources within the meantime.

Vaccines and new drugs would take a long time and require a huge investment in hundreds of millions of dollars, Dr. Ryan explained, before urging the public and private investment to spread the risk.

The virus has thrown industries that do business with China into chaos, including travel and tourism.

The disease is called COVID-19. This follows when authorities have changed the way they calculate the figures. The national death toll is now 1,016.

It comes as health authorities in Hubei announced an additional 242 deaths and 14,840 cases of the virus, as of Thursday morning, the largest single-day rise since the epidemic began and nearly 10 times the number of cases confirmed the previous day. However, the number of new infections nationally was down by almost 20% from the day before-coming down from 3,062 to 2,478.

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Two stranded cruise ships have illustrated the fears surrounding Covid-19. At least 135 cases of infection have been confirmed on board, with the ill removed and taken to the hospital.

Meanwhile, a cruise ship carrying about 2,000 passengers was denied in five ports - Japan, Guam, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines.

"We'd like to be able to predict the future, but we must be cautious", said Mike Ryan, the executive director of WHO's health emergencies program.

Health concerns must be balanced with the goal of keeping economies and societies working.

Beijing: The deadly Coronavirus has stirred up the whole world including China.

The study comes after news that a newborn tested positive for the virus roughly 30 hours after the mother, who had the virus, gave birth.

Since the beginning of the outbreak in December, the virus has spread to about two dozen countries.

Ryan said in-depth research by World Health Organization had managed to track down the sources of transmission in nearly all the 441 cases of the virus outside of China, with eight exceptions. In addition, whether vaginal delivery increases the risk of mother-to-child transmission, and whether uterine contraction could increase the possibility of the virus ascending also needs to be further investigated.