“COVID-19 means that it has 19 points that can be applied in any country in any way,” said during a current affair show on PTV News.
Minister’s novel definition of the virus says, Actually, COVID-19 means ‘Coronavirus disease 2019’. The ‘CO’ in the word stands for corona, ‘VI’ for the virus and ‘D’ for the disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV.’
— Muhammad Ehsan Ullah (@MuhammadEhsanU8) June 20, 2020
Covid-19 is an acronym for coronavirus disease 2019 that was given by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the disease caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
The disease was named on February 11.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that the name was chosen on the basis of it not referring to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease.
“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks,” he added.