- Coronavirus has been given a new name by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
- The new name, which was formed on Tuesday, February 11, is now Covid-19
- This was revealed by the chief of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
The dreaded global disease which originated from Wuhan city in China, was on Tuesday, February 11, given a new name by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The epidemic, according to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's chief in Geneva, Switzerland, is to be called Covid-19.
According to the BBC, Ghebreyesus, explaining what influenced the name, said that the organisation needed to come up with a code that is not related to any region to avoid stigmatisation.
He said: "We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease.
"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks."
The WHO boss said that the 'CO' stands for corona while the 'VI' represents virus and the 19 signifies 2019, the years the disease was first diagnosed.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that about 30,000 people from around the world defied the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus and attended a mass wedding in South Korea.
The wedding, which had 6,000 new couples getting married, was held at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul.
During the mass wedding, church staff prepared hand sanitiser, handed out surgical masks and checked couples' temperature.
Legit.ng gathered that coronavirus had killed more than 800 people in China, where the disease was first recorded.
The BBC reports that UK's health secretary, Matta Hancock, said the country's government is putting out measures to fight the rising spread of the virus which broke out in Wuhan city of China and had since spread to some other countries including the United States of America and the UK.
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