In brief: 2019-nCoV coronavirus officially named Covid-19

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The disease caused by the new coronavirus outbreak – initially dubbed 2019-nCoV or Wuhan coronavirus – has been officially named as Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The new name stands for coronavirus disease 2019.

According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, the name will avoid the use of other inaccurate names and any references to a geographic location, an animal, an individual or group of people.

A statement from WHO reads: “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.”

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