Coronavirus Outbreak: So far 1,110 people have died from the deadly coronavirus spread from Wuhan province of China and more than 44,653 cases have been reported so far. At the same time, a senior health official in Hong Kong has claimed that 60 percent of the world’s population may be affected if the virus is not stopped.
Professor Gabriel Leung, head of public health medicine, said that 60 percent of the world’s population could be affected by this deadly virus if the prevention measures of coronavirus fail. Leung said that the death rate from the virus so far is one percent, yet it can still kill millions.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 12, 2020
60 percent of the world’s population is in danger
At present, the world population is seven billion, thus coronavirus can infect four billion population of the world. If Professor Leung’s claim is true, and the virus continues to spread at the same pace, then about 4.5 crore people may have to lose their lives.
However, the number of new cases in China has started decreasing each day, which has come down to five in the last eight days. This does not mean that the virus, which has spread since December, is not at its peak, but scientists dealing with the epidemic say it is an encouraging sign.
Virus experts studying coronavirus have expressed concerns that its cases will continue to increase. He also said that the number of affected would be higher than what is currently reported as thousands of patients have only mild symptoms.
WHO gave a new name to Coronavirus
We now have a name for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus: COVID-19.
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) February 11, 2020
Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the official name of the deadly coronavirus would be ‘Covid-19’. The virus was first identified in China on 31 December 2019. The WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva that we now have a name for the disease and it is ‘Covid-19’. He explained the name saying that ‘Co’ means ‘corona’, ‘V’ means ‘virus’ and ‘D’ means ‘disease’.
The major threat to the whole world including China
The WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that 99 percent of the virus cases are in China, but it poses a major threat to the world. He also appealed to all countries to share information on any research done in this regard.
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