Coronavirus ‘COVID-19’: A new name, a 2nd plane, and more economic fallout

Published On February 12, 2020 | By Nathaniel Smith | News

Nathaniel Smith

An RCMP officer wearing a mask checks Canadians, who had been evacuated from China due to the outbreak of novel Coronavirus on Feb. 7, 2020.
Courtesy of Edward Wang via REUTERS.

More Canadians who had been trapped in Wuhan, China – the epicentre of the novel coronavirus – arrived at a Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ont., on Tuesday to placed in a 14 day quarantine.

The plane was charted by the federal government and arrived at 6 a.m after making a stop to refuel at the Vancouver International Airport.

Accompanying the 130 people trapped in Wuhan were 58 family members. The first planeload of Canadians leaving China arrived in Trenton late last week.

As of Tuesday, novel coronavirus has so far killed over 1,000 and infected 42,708 people worldwide. The virus has now surpassed the 2003 outbreak of SARS.

Director-General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaks about the new name and updates of novel coronavirus in Geneva, on Feb. 11, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Also this week, the World Heath Organization a Geneva press conference officially named novel coronavirus COVID-19. The virus had been previously known as 2019-nCoV.

“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing,” said WHO director, Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Coronavirus is the name given to any RNA (Ribonucleic acid) disease meaning it carries the cells information with the help of DNA.

The new name is an abbreviation of the word coronavirus, C-o stands for corona, v-i stands for virus, and the d stand for disease.

The World Heath Organization committee also released a time period of when a vaccine might available.

“The first vaccine could be ready in 18 months. So, we have to do everything today using the available weapons to fight this virus while preparing for the long term using the preparations for the vaccines,” said Ghebreyesus.

A customer shopping inside a supermarket of Alibaba’s Hema Fresh chain, following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan on Tuesday. REUTERS/Stringer

The Chinese economy has been affected owing to travel and store closures, and most experts expect that will affect gross domestic product earnings of the country.

Many people in China have been advised to work at home due to the large numbers of people infected.

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Chinese stocks have become cheaper as a result, as well.

Although the number of cases worldwide do not match up to the cases in China, other parts of the world, including Canada, are expected to be hit with economic losses since China accounts for 16 per cent of the global GDP.

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