Saying it had to find a name that ”did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people,” the World Health Organization says the novel coronavirus is now known as COVID-19.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the ”co” stands for ”corona,” ”vi” for ”virus,” the ”d” for ”disease and ”19” for the year it was identified.
Meanwhile, after the federal and Ontario health ministers met with Mayor John Tory in Toronto’s Chinatown, provincial minister Christine Elliott reminded the public not to give in to misinformation.
”I think there is though one area that we all haven’t done that well on, and that is the area of respecting people, understanding that this is an international virus,” Elliott pointed out.
”This isn’t something that’s related to any one person or group of people … There’s still a lot of discrimination out there.”
Ontario public health officials are investigating 19 people for possible infection, 11 more than Monday.
The number of confirmed cases in the province remains at three.