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WHO Reveals Official Name for Novel Coronavirus That’s First Recorded in China in 2019

OFFICIAL NAME FOR NOVEL CORONAVIRUS – The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed the official name for the strain of coronavirus from China.

One of the biggest challenges that came along with the start of 2020 is the spread of the novel or new coronavirus in China. It was in 2019 when it was first recorded in Wuhan City in the province of Hubei but its outbreak was made known to the world in January 2020.

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China left Wuhan City under a lock-down. More than 40,000 people were infected by the virus and at least 900 died in China.

Allegedly, the said disease came from bats pointing to the bat soup served in the market in Wuhan. Its symptoms are common – fever, shortness of breath, and cough.

Official Name for Novel Coronavirus
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The novel coronavirus outbreak in China did not only challenged the Chinese population but as well as the rest of the world. Several countries got confirmed cases of the nCoV.

The Philippines, the United States, France, Japan, and Hong Kong are among those with positive cases. The first coronavirus patient who passed away due to nCoV outside China was recorded in PH.

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the official name for the novel coronavirus 2019 from China. Based on a report on Inquirer, the international body named the disease as COVID-19.

According to WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, the “co” refers to “corona”, the “vi” to “virus”, the “d” to “disease”, and the “19” to the year it was first recorded. The health chief stressed that the new name aims to prevent references to specific group of people, location, or animal species.

Currently, the world is still fighting against the COVID-19. Thousands of people are still being treated in the mainland China and there are still a huge number of patients under investigation (PUIs) in other countries.

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