The disease caused by a new virus that emerged late previous year in China and has since sickened tens of thousands of people now has an official name: COVID-19. So far, more than 42 thousand people have been found infected.
"Particular attention will be paid to understanding transmission of the virus, the severity of disease and the impact of ongoing response measures".
He said, '99 percent of its cases have been found in China, so it is a disaster for that country but it is also a big danger for the rest of the world.' In the two-day conference, scientists will consider spreading of the virus and developing its potential vaccine.
Covid-19 is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan City in Hubei province in China. A close cousin of COVID-19, SARS spread around the world and killed almost 800.
"We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual, or group of people", said World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
'Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising.
Public health experts agree with the choice not to name the disease after a geographic region in China.
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WHO had earlier given the virus the temporary name of "2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease" and China's National Health Commission this week said it was temporarily calling it "novel coronavirus pneumonia" or NCP.
Outside China, the World Health Organization recorded 393 confirmed cases in 24 countries and one mortality.
The novel coronavirus disease has an official name.
As the death toll from the Coronavirus contagion continues to rise, numerous countries are issuing travel bans to and fro from China.
Many questions remain about the origin of the virus, which emerged at a wildlife market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December, and is spread by people in droplets from coughing or sneezing.
Another important term, Abuelezam noted, is the basic reproductive number, or the number of new cases likely stemming from one infectious case: When the basic reproductive number is greater than 1, the disease is expected to spread.