The new coronavirus now has a name: COVID-19

The new coronavirus now has a name COVID-19-2
COVID-19 death toll passed 1,000. Source: Getty Images
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The World Helth Organization (WHO) has given the new coronavirus a name. It is now called COVID-19.

Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the name during a press conference on Tuesday.

Mr Ghebreyesus explained the name- “Co” stands for coronavirus, “Vi” is for virus and “D” is for the disease. The officials purposely avoided any geographical location, animal or group of people while naming the virus as COVID-19.

“Having a name matters, to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing,” Ghebreyesus said.

Meanwhile, the Coronavirus death toll passed 1,000 as China sacks several high officials over their handling of the outbreak.

The party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission, and the head of the commission, were among those who are removed from their positions.

They are the most senior officials to be removed so far.

Source: WHO

The deputy director of the local Red Cross was also removed for “dereliction of duty” over “handling of donations”.

The outbreak faced its deadliest day so far on Monday as a total of 103 deaths reported on that day. The global death toll is now 1,017.

But what makes the authorities hopeful is the number of new infections nationally was down almost 20% from the day before, from 3,062 to 2,478.

Hubei’s health commission confirmed 2,097 cases on Monday which is low from the previous day.

At least 27 countries have been reported coronavirus cases so far while two people died, one is in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines. The US has confirmed 13 cases by Monday.

Global impact

A large number of Chinese factories in the mainland still remain closed even millions of people joined their work after extended Lunar New Year holiday ended. As many factories are still shut, it started to impact China’s economy and global chain.

Big carmakers companies are now facing a shortage of parts. If the disruption continues, the supplies of Apple products will be uncertain.

Chinese governments ordered the factories across the country to keep closed after the annual holiday as part of attempts by authorities to stem the spread of the virus.

What restriction is withdrawn for many companies but several major manufacturers remain closed.

One of Apple’s major suppliers, Foxconn, has yet to reopen its largest Chinese factory. Shenzhen’s Longhua district, where the plant is located, has said production would restart as soon as officials have completed inspections at the facility.

A spokesman for the company said, “Our teams in each of our facilities in China are working closely with the respective local government agencies and we are continuing to do that as we implement our post-holiday production schedules.”

As a result of many major Chinese factories are still shut, it started to impact globally. Giant car maker companies like Honda, General Motors, and Dongfeng Motor all have factories in the Hubei region, where the Coronavirus outbreak is believed to have started.

One of Honda’s two Chinese joint venture manufacturing plants is in Wuhan, Hubei’s capital.

Last week, Hyundai halt production outside China because of a shortage of parts caused by the coronavirus. It is the first major car company bound to face the situation.

Fiat Chrysler also warned that it may have to suspend production in Europe if the disruption of production in China continues.

What is COVID-19

Coronaviruses, now called COVID-19, are kinds of viruses that usually have an effect on the respiratory tract of mammals, including humans. They’re related to the frequent cold, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and may affect the intestine.

What are the symptoms of the new virus?

People who have been identified with the virus are inclined to have a fever and cough, and a few have issue respiration. The signs seem to set in in some unspecified time in the future between two days and two weeks after the particular person has been uncovered to the virus, in response to health authorities.

The virus causes pneumonia. Those that have fallen ill are reported to endure coughs, fever and respiration difficulties. In extreme circumstances, there might be organ failure. As that is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we’ve towards flu won’t work. If persons are admitted to the hospital, they might get assist for their lungs and different organs as well as fluids.

Restoration will rely on the strength of their immune system. Lots of those that have died are identified to have been already in poor health.

What kills COVID-19 ?

Most family disinfectants readily kill COVID-19 instantly. Room temperature kills coronavirus within 48 hours. Carpeting is protective to the virus and the virus is ready to survive in carpeting for not less than 7 weeks.

Coronavirus death toll passes 1,000 and it’s officially named ‘Covid-19’

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