Coronavirus Gets Official Title: COVID-19

TT Ministry of Health hosts stakeholder meeting on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

New name for disease caused by virus outbreak: COVID-19

The health ministry said in a statement it had immediately informed the World Health Organisation (WHO) and had taken all necessary preventative measures.

A total of 4,740 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that the official name of the deadly coronavirus is "Covid-19". The Verge pointed out that within a month of the virus being reported, the U.S.'s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started shipping diagnostic testing kits it developed to labs in the USA and internationally.

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While reiterating that now is a window opportunity to fight the disease as most of the cases have so far remained in China, Tedros also expressed his concerns for the virus to spread to the countries with weaker public health system, which he said "will create havoc".

"Viruses can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action", he told reporters. No specific treatment or vaccine against the virus exists, and World Health Organization has repeatedly urged countries to share data in order to further research into the disease.

"The first vaccine could be ready in 18 months".

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Tedros reiterated the need to use available resources to curb the virus while waiting for the vaccine. Based on whole genome sequence shared by China and other countries, scientists have confirmed that the novel virus belongs to the same species as the one that caused the SARS epidemic, which is called SARS-related coronavirus.

WHO-led "advance team" in China has made "good progress" on scope of its work, hopes to have "more news soon". "1017 people in China have lost their lives due to this virus".

Over 770 people had died worldwide during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak. Many companies and institutions in Australia, China, France, Germany and the United States are trying to develop a vaccine for the Corona virus.

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