The abbreviation stands for coronavirus disease 2019, and was meant to "prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.
A Chinese woman from Wuhan, who came to Malaysia last month, is the 19th confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) case in Malaysia. 97 deaths from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps were reported. Tens of thousands of people have been infected.
The abbreviation stands for coronavirus disease 2019, and was meant to "prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing", Tedros said. "CO" stands for corona, "VI" for virus and the "D" for disease.
Meanwhile, Dr. Michael J. Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization, said in the same briefing that "one clinical trial is already on the way" in China in a bid to find a cure to the novel coronavirus, CNN reported Wednesday.
From now on, the virus will be known as "COVID-19".
Approved by Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping, 2,600 additional medical personnel from the armed forces will be tasked with treating patients in two hospitals in Wuhan, capital city of Hubei Province and the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
"With 99% of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world", he told more than 400 researchers and national authorities, including some taking part by video conference from mainland China and Taiwan.
When the number of patients dying from this infection started increasing, then steps were started to be taken by the government.
The new name for the coronavirus is now COVID-19, and here's how that name was conceived.
The Huoshenshan Hospital has been receiving more patients with severe symptoms, providing them with personalized treatment in combination with nutrition therapy, psychological counseling and rehabilitation training.
Since the beginning of the outbreak in December, the virus has spread to about two dozen countries.