Novel coronavirus to be called COVID-19

TT Ministry of Health hosts stakeholder meeting on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

As of Wednesday morning, officials reported 44,730 cases of coronavirus and 1,114 deaths. But on February 13, the recorded new infections were the lowest ever recorded, with just 1,826 new infections globally. The number of deaths have surpassed the death toll of SARS epidemic in 2002-2003.

"This outbreak could go in any direction", he added. If the coronavirus disease is ending, why is there a sudden spike of the infection tally?

World Health Organization sent an advance team to China this week for an worldwide mission to examine the epidemic. Further, there was a huge increase in new cases, with 14,840 people confirmed.

The Chinese language authorities mentioned Tuesday that companies have confronted employee shortages, transport disruption and a scarcity of medical provides as they try to return to operation within the wake of the outbreak. Most of the new cases confirmed outside China (40 out of 48) are on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is now quarantined of Yokohama, Japan.

"People with mild respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms are being treated on the Westerdam by cruise doctors & 20 of those are being tested for COVID19", the World Health Organization chief tweeted earlier in the day.

Tedros also stated COVID-19 should be considered as "public enemy number one". At the same time, 3,441 patients have recovered and have been discharged from the hospital.

The World Health Organization said the first vaccine for the novel coronavirus may be available a year and a half from now, on the same day that it announced that the new virus poses a "very grave threat for the rest of the world". Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the apparent slowdown should be viewed with caution since the virus could spread elsewhere.

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"WHO stands ready to provide any additional support to the Government, especially in building preparedness capacities for COVID19", he added, before noting that he was "deeply grateful to the Government, particularly Prime Minister Hun Sen", for their gesture.

The deadly virus has spread to more than 25 countries.

Another expert also said that though the numbers might be decreasing in China, the outbreak is just starting in other countries like Singapore, which reported 50 confirmed cases, and the number is increasing rapidly.

But Tedros said it was "concerning" that person-to-person transmissions to people with no travel history to China had recently appeared in France and Britain.

It's too early to say if the outbreak is starting, in the middle, or about to end. Beyond China, the disease has struck 24 countries, causing 393 cases and 1 death, in the Philippines. The ship, MS Westerdam had docked in Cambodia.

Tedros thanked Cambodia for offering to take in a cruise ship that has been refused port in several countries over fear of the virus.

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