The World Health Organization Named The New Coronavirus "COVID-19"


China's health commission says the number of new cases reported in 24-hour period dropped to 2,015.

The total death toll in China climbed to 1,113.

Among other efforts to contain and stop the COVID-19 outbreak, World Health Organization is hosting more than 400 scientists in Geneva to discuss ways to combat the disease.

Leading Chinese epidemiologist cautions that situation in Wuhan still a concern, citing concerns about transmission of the virus.

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"[That] is to a great extent due to a huge public health operation in China", he said.

The virus has killed more than 1,100 people and infected 44,600 since it was first reported on December 31.

Including China, more than 45,100 people worldwide have been infected with the virus.

When asked about the government's response to the outbreak, Zhong said that the Wuhan government did a poor job in containing the virus and should take partial responsibility for the death toll.

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Chinese authorities have locked down tens of millions of people in central Hubei province, the epicentre of the crisis, and restricted movements in several other cities in other parts of the country in an unprecedented effort to contain the virus.

In Geneva, the World Health Organization is hosting a two-day global conference on combatting the virus during which it chose to name it COVID-19 - in keeping with guidelines aimed at avoiding linking disease to an animal or a geographic location.

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"Viruses can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action", he told reporters later on the sidelines of the meeting, which will resume on Wednesday. A US citizen died in China.