Disease gets official name
The novel coronavirus disease has been named COVID-19 by the director general of the World Health Organization.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the name was decided 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".
He added: "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 virus itself has been designated SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.