Health officials added that four vaccines for the virus are in development.
The director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the name has been chosen with an aim to avoid stigma, and in such a way that it makes a reference to any people, place or animals. "They are going to take time to develop - however within the meantime, we're not defenseless", he mentioned.
The worldwide demise toll from the virus rose to 1,107 on Tuesday, in accordance to well being officers within the Chinese language province of Hubei.
From now on, the virus will be known as "COVID-19". "This is important to study because pregnant women can be particularly susceptible to respiratory pathogens and severe pneumonia, because they are immunocompromised and because of pregnancy-related physiological changes which could leave them at higher risk of poor outcomes". In China, with the sudden rise of infected individuals, it's harder to get tested and treated for the virus.
Within the same 24-hour period, 2,478 new infections were confirmed across China, bringing the total tally up to 37,626. At least 135 cases of infection have been confirmed on board, with the ill removed and taken to the hospital. Three cruise ships have either experienced delayed port clearance or have been denied entry to ports.
World Health Organization emergency operations chief Mike Ryan urged governments to respect the "dignity and human rights of travellers".
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Beijing: The deadly Coronavirus has stirred up the whole world including China.
Meanwhile, Dr. Michael J. Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization, said in the same briefing that "one clinical trial is already on the way" in China in a bid to find a cure to the novel coronavirus, CNN reported Wednesday.
The decision comes on the back of a wave of public criticism aimed at officials in the province, precipitated by the death of Li Wenliang. Li, 34, contracted the virus from one of his patients and died last week.
The Coronavirus is a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes, but the virus in China is a novel strain and not seen before.
Since the beginning of the outbreak in December, the virus has spread to about two dozen countries.
The WHO is extending investigations into the source of the virus (which is still undetermined), added Mr. Tedros, and continuing to support countries with the tools to diagnose cases and protect health workers, including personal protective equipment. In addition, whether vaginal delivery increases the risk of mother-to-child transmission, and whether uterine contraction could increase the possibility of the virus ascending also needs to be further investigated.