Latest updates: COVID-19 official name for China coronavirus; death toll 1,113

Latest Updates: COVID-19 is the name officially given by the World Health Organization to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

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WHO officially names 2019-nCoV as COVID-19. (Image from WHO)

“We now have a name for the #2019nCoV disease: COVID-19. I’ll spell it: C-O-V-I-D hyphen one nine – COVID-19,” said WHO on its official Twitter account.

As of today, the death toll for the COVID-19 is 1,113, with 44,852 confirmed cases.

8,242 (21%) infected patients are in serious or critical, while 30,961 (79%) are in mild condition.

4,536 (80%) have recovered and have been discharged from the hospital.

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COVID-19 Latest Updates

  • 2 new cases in Germany (Starnberg district west of Munich).
  • COVID-19 is the name officially given to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
  • 2 new cases in Singapore, 7 new cases in Hong Kong, and 1 in Thailand.
  • A building’s piping system is being investigated as a potential cause of airborne transmission via feces in Hong Kong after the 42nd case, who lives 10 stories below the 12th confirmed case, was confirmed on February 10. Some of the vents might not have been properly blocked, allowing the virus to be transported to other flats. Still unsure about the exact route of transmission (“it could be the usual droplet transmission, but there is the environmental factor”), authorities have evacuated the building.
  • 2 new cases in Japan: two men who had returned from Wuhan at the end of January.
  • 1 new case in the United States (San Diego, California).
  • 1 new case in South Korea