He noted that "co" in the name stands for corona, "vi" for the word virus, "d" for disease, while "19" signifies the year of its initial identification, meaning 2019.
"Chinese authorities said about 2% of people with the disease have died although the exact case-fatality ratio is still hard to assess as the denominator [or number of infections] remains unknown. The first vaccine could be ready in 18 months, so we have to do everything today using the available weapons to fight this virus, while preparing for the long-term".
With over 120 new deaths reported in China, the virus death toll mounted to almost 1,400 on Friday. What the name doesn't have is an association with Wuhan or China. According to details, the World Health Organization stated that 42,708 have been infected with the deadly disease in mainland China while the death toll has tragically surpassed over 1000.
The health emergency in China has caused fears of further global contagion, with more than two-dozen countries reporting hundreds of cases among them. Addressing scientists at the first worldwide conference on combating the virus earlier on Tuesday, Tedros warned that the virus was a "very grave threat".
To date there have been 15 confirmed cases in the United States, and no confirmed cases in OH. China's Coronavirus Outbreak: How Does COVID-19 Spread In an Aeroplane and Which Is The Safest Place To Sit?. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause the common cold and some more serious diseases, including SARS, which killed 800 in 2002-2003 and the Middle East respiratory syndrome, which continues to cause sporadic cases and is believed to jump to humans from camels. The city of 11 million people is living under the threat of deadly coronavirus since December past year.
The outbreak has exposed "shortcomings", Xi acknowledged, adding that China needed to reform its public health and epidemic prevention and control systems. Most of the deaths have been in Hubei and its capital, Wuhan. "When does the turning point occur?" The biggest cluster of cases outside China is on a cruise ship quarantined off Japan's coast. Some 600 people are now under quarantine.