- The new coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China has an official name by the World Health Organization.
- The COVID-19’s global death toll has surpassed that of the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s.
- Authorities confirmed a US citizen died of COVID-19 in the city of Wuhan, where the virus appeared in late December before spreading to at least 28 countries.
The World Health Organization on Tuesday proposed an official name for the illness caused by the new coronavirus: COVID-19.
WHO said on Twitter that they “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.”
Death of COVID-19 surpassed that of SARS
According to USA TODAY, China reported its highest daily COVID-19 death toll Tuesday, the 103 additional fatalities pushing the total to 1,115 and providing a somber warning that the epidemic represents “a very grave threat to the rest of the world.”
Only 2 of the 1,115 deaths are found outside mainland China. The 13th case of the disease was reported in the US.
First American death reported
The 60-year-old American died at a local hospital Thursday, according to the US Embassy in Beijing. The embassy declined to disclose more details out of respect for the family’s privacy.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry extended its condolences and described the patient as a “Chinese-American.” The Chinese government had kept in contact with the patient’s family in China, and was working to assist the US and the family in “dealing with the aftermath,” according to a statement to CNN.
Healthline claimed that there’s no need to worry about the virus too much, and experts encourage people to keep a good mood and personal hygiene habit.
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