The death numbers due to coronavirus are increasing each day, now the death toll has reached over 1017, Scientist has given a name to the Wuhan virus.

The death numbers due to coronavirus are increasing each day, now the death toll has reached over 1017, Scientist has given a name to the Wuhan virus.

As per the Chinese official website, China’s National Health Commission

Feb 11: Daily briefing on novel coronavirus cases in China

On Feb 10, 31 provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland as well as the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps reported 2,478 new cases of confirmed infections (including 2,097 in Hubei province), 3,536 new cases of suspected infections (including 1,814 in Hubei province), 849 new serious cases (including 839 in Hubei province), and 108 deaths (103 in Hubei province, 1 in Beijing, 1 in Tianjin, 1 in Heilongjiang province, 1 in Anhui province, and 1 in Henan province). 716 patients were released from hospitals after being cured, including 427 in Hubei province. 26,724 people who had had close contact with infected patients were freed from medical observation.

As of 24:00 on Feb 10, the National Health Commission had received 42,638 reports of confirmed cases (reduced by 12 by Zhejiang province and increased by 1 by Jiangxi province after verification) and 1,016 deaths in 31 provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and in all 3,996 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital (reduced by 1 by Zhejiang province after verification). There still remained 37,626 confirmed cases (including 7,333 in serious condition) and 21,675 suspected cases. So far, 428,438 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients. 187,728 are now under medical observation. 

As of 24:00 on Feb 10, 70 confirmed infections had been reported in the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and Taiwan province: 42 in Hong Kong (1 death), 10 in Macao (1 had been cured and discharged from hospital) and 18 in Taiwan (1 had been cured and discharged from hospital).

The number of people with new infections has fallen down significantly, thus making the officials believe that they have improved in stopping the disease faster reach outside. The coronavirus that started from the Wuhan city in China last year, has affected the people across the world.  

WHO Director-General's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva that, “First of all, we now have a name for the disease:

COVID-19. I’ll spell it: C-O-V-I-D hyphen one nine – COVID-19.

Under agreed guidelines between WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, we had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease.

Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.”.

The WHO director also confirmed the below statistics, “As of 6 am Geneva time this morning, there were 42,708 confirmed cases reported in China, and tragically we have now surpassed 1000 deaths - 1017 people in China have lost their lives to this virus. Most of the cases and most of the deaths are in Hubei province, Wuhan.”

As per biorxiv, The present outbreak of lower respiratory tract infections, including respiratory distress syndrome, is the third spillover, in only two decades, of an animal coronavirus to humans resulting in a major epidemic. Here, the Coronavirus Study Group (CSG) of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, which is responsible for developing the official classification of viruses and taxa naming (taxonomy) of the Coronaviridae family, assessed the novelty of the human pathogen tentatively named 2019-nCoV. Based on phylogeny, taxonomy and established practice, the CSG formally recognizes this virus as a sister to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronaviruses (SARS-CoVs) of the species Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus and designates it as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). To facilitate communication, the CSG further proposes to use the following naming convention for individual isolates: SARS-CoV-2/Isolate/Host/Date/Location. The spectrum of clinical manifestations associated with SARS-CoV-2 infections in humans remains to be determined. The independent zoonotic transmission of SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 highlights the need for studying the entire (virus) species to complement research focused on individual pathogenic viruses of immediate significance. This research will improve our understanding of virus-host interactions in an ever-changing environment and enhance our preparedness for future outbreaks.

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