People pass a poster about precautions against the COVID-19 coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea. Picture: Ahn Young-joon/AP
People pass a poster about precautions against the COVID-19 coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea. Picture: Ahn Young-joon/AP

WHO names coronavirus Covid-19 as China, Japan report rise in infections

By Simina Mistreanu And Takehiko Kambayashi Time of article published Feb 12, 2020

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Beijing/Tokyo - The number of people infected with the Covid-19

coronavirus has reached 44,653 in China, while Japan reported 174

cases, the largest number of infections outside China, health

authorities said Wednesday.

Ninety-seven deaths and 2,015 new infections were reported over a

24-hour interval in mainland China, according to the country's

National Health Commission.

The total death toll in China climbed to 1,113. Two other patients

have died in the Philippines and Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Japan's health ministry confirmed 39 more people on a

cruise ship off Yokohama have tested positive for Covid-19.

The Diamond Princess, operated by Carnival cruises, has been

quarantined for a week with thousands of passengers on board. The

confirmed coronavirus patients have been removed and taken to

hospital. 

The ministry said one quarantine officer has also been infected with

the virus. 

The new disease was officially named Covid-19 by the World Health

Organization on Tuesday, as countries continued to impose travel

restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus. 

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COVID-19.

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

- @DrTedros #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/Kh0wx2qfzk

— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO)

The virus broke out in December at a seafood market in Wuhan, central

China, which reportedly sold exotic animals for consumption.

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— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO)

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— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO)

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