WHO: Novel coronavirus to be called 'Covid-19'


  • World
  • Tuesday, 11 Feb 2020

GENEVA (AFP): The World Health Organisation on Tuesday (Feb 11) said "Covid-19" will be the new official name for the deadly coronavirus that was first identified in China on Dec 31.

"We now have a name for the disease and it's Covid-19," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva, explaining that "co" stood for "corona","vi" for "virus" and "d" for "disease". - AFP

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