What is COVID-19?
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday gave the official name for the latest novel coronavirus as being Covid-19, which stands for coronavirus disease starting in 2019.
According to the WHO, the naming of the virus should avoid any stigmatizing by not referring it to any specific geographic locations, animal, individuals' names, species of animal, culture, population, industry or occupation.Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Feb. 11, 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday gave the official name for the latest novel coronavirus as being COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease starting in 2019. (Xinhua/Chen Junxia)
A total of 152,428 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease have been reported globally as of Sunday morning, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Fadela Chaib said.
Among confirmed infections, 5,720 patients have died, with the number of affected countries and regions rising to 141, Chaib said.
As the virus spreads increasingly worldwide, WHO has characterized COVID-19 as a "pandemic," noting Europe has become the epicenter of the disease.
"By calling COVID-19 a pandemic, WHO's advice to countries and individuals doesn't change," the spokesperson said, stressing a comprehensive, blended approach of both containment and mitigation of COVID-19 should continue.
Screenshot of WHO's updates on global coronavirus situation as of 05:00 AM GMT, March 15. [Photo/World Health Organization]