Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) renamed to SARS-CoV-2 and the disease Covid-19.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) that has wrecked havoc in China and dozens of countries around the world has been given a new official name by the World Health Organisation (WHO) - SARS-CoV-2 and the disease Covid-19.

Making the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday (11 Feb), WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus explained why the name of the virus, formerly known as 2019-nCoV, had been changed.

Under agreed guidelines.. we 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.

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.

To date (11 Feb), the virus has infected more than 43000 people worldwide and claimed the lives of 1018.

Meanwhile, Singapore has reported another 2 cases of confirmed infections, bringing the totally tally to 47.

The new cases are a 35-year-old male Permanent Resident residing in Johor Bahru who works in Singapore and a 39-year-old male Bangladesh national who is a Work Pass holder. Both cases have no recent travel history to China.

Of the 47 confirmed cases, 9 have been discharged and 7 are currently in critical condition.

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Responses to “Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) renamed to SARS-CoV-2 and the disease Covid-19.”

  • Useless:

    Contact tracing is useless if nothing is done for recurring infection at the same location unlike HK government who would take swift action to relocate all the residents away.

    MOH should stop bragging the useless tracing tool when they [MOH and the PAP] are not prepared to do anything.!

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  • Bapak:

    “…A 35-YEAR OLD SINGAPOREAN PERMANENT RESIDENCE LIVING IN JOHORE BAHRU…”

    Chance upon this sentence not from this post but from one shit times online post.

    Fyi, I almost failed my PSLE English. But, did anyone out there find this sentence disturbing, not broken English. When I said “disturbing”, I means trying to mislead same as massaging data.

    The following questions immediately came to mind.
    1) If one is a Singaporean, will he be called a Permanent Residence (PR)?
    2) If one is a living in JB, how can he be called permanent residence?

    I was thinking very long and finally came to a conclusion. The writer(s) is (are) not “wrong” because in this Sinkland, MOM’s data always group PRs as Locals together. We called this data massage. Therefore, the writer(s) have to go with the flow, maybe their ricebowls are at stake. Toll-the-line or die (dictorship’s pattern) Or, to prevent the SmallSpaceCanMakeLove cum BareBackNoRespectUpLorry visitor to POFMA them, they better plp in support to brainwash the vulnerable & innocent citizens that PRs are Singaporeans. Damn fucking sly and cunning.

    Therefore, they are not called THE SHIT TIMES for nothing.

    Now back to the English examination.
    Question – Is permanent residence a local?
    Multiple choice answers – (a) yes, or (b) no,
    Which one you choose?

    If you choose NO, you failed your English in Sinkland. But you passed your English overseas, if marked in Cambridge, UK.

    Now you understand the type of standard & quality of our so called scholar we have produced. Unbelievable. This Red Dot is already in the Red Zone many moons ago.

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  • @Bapak

    Good question there.

    In this case and as far as my england can get me, a Singapore PR is still NOT a local Singaporean but is still a Malaysian citizen.

    “…A 35-YEAR OLD SINGAPOREAN PERMANENT RESIDENCE LIVING IN JOHORE BAHRU…”, the writer really meant: We have a Malaysian citizen who is holding a Singapore PR that lives in Malaysia but works in Singapore.

    The word “local” is very subjective. It can mean ALL residents physically in Singapore (regardless of nationality) or it can mean ONLY Singaporeans. It depends on how the writer intends to depict the situation.

    Massage anyway the MSM wants but a Singapore PR is NEVER a Singaporean, unless the gahment change the law to make it one.

    On that note, MOM’s count of including PRs in the Singaporeans being employed figures is the biggest BS massage of all, IMHO of course.

    What do you think?

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  • Bapak:

    Perhaps is a typo error. Instead of Singapore PR, it became Singaporean PR. If so, then The Shit Times is really in shit standard.

    TRE Techie:
    @Bapak

    Good question there.

    In this case and as far as my england can get me, a Singapore PR is still NOT a local Singaporean but is still a Malaysian citizen.

    “…A 35-YEAR OLD SINGAPOREAN PERMANENT RESIDENCE LIVING IN JOHORE BAHRU…”, the writer really meant: We have a Malaysian citizen who is holding a Singapore PR that lives in Malaysia but works in Singapore.

    The word “local” is very subjective. It can mean ALL residents physically in Singapore (regardless of nationality) or it can mean ONLY Singaporeans. It depends on how the writer intends to depict the situation.

    Massage anyway the MSM wants but a Singapore PR is NEVER a Singaporean, unless the gahment change the law to make it one.

    On that note, MOM’s count of including PRs in the Singaporeans being employed figures is the biggest BS massage of all, IMHO of course.

    What do you think?

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  • pap liars lying with eyes open:

    ask pap cow boon hwan from Msia. as a Malaysian in Singapore he should know.

    lower down the pap rank, ask pap puthu cherry, the one who didn’t do NSF. this faker, just listen to him speaking blood vomits, should know since this faker is also from Msia.

    so also the pap Cb kohr lean suan whom pap calls army. this also from Msia.

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  • A Non-resident PR?:

    Why was he given a “permanent resident” visa when he is living in JB? “Permanent Resident” should only be given to those who live in the country on a continual permanent basis. If JB is his permanent residence, he should not be given a PR which entitles him to the benefits of a citizen. It means he can own a flat, rent it out and live in JB, and also subsidies on health and education for his whole family. Not sure if he can also cash out all his CPF since he is not a citizen or his sons have to serve NS.

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  • LP Mini:

    It won’t be renamed to Population_10m . I think.

    Can rename it to Tiger Liew

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Papak; lucky I have done my PSLE long time ago, otherwise I would have problem with PAP’s English now.

    “…A 35-YEAR OLD SINGAPOREAN PERMANENT RESIDENCE LIVING IN JOHORE BAHRU…”, could this means a 35-year old Singaporean is a JB’s PR living in JB. It’s because in SG, he lives in HDB. Whereas in JB, he stays in bungalow, with 2 cars outside the lawn. In SG, S$1 he can buy nothing, but with RM3 he can buy a breakfast.

    The greater problem when my grandchildren asked me “Is within 200M radius the same as inside 200M”, I asked what their teacher said, they replied the teacher also don’t know. The teacher ensured no such question would be asked in examination.

    I also have problem answering, “Why an Indian is selected as an elected Malay President?”

    Another question I cannot answer was “GRC is supposed for minority race representation in Parliament, why useless Chinese MPs entered parliament by GRC. How was that an Indian was elected into Parliament all by himself?”

    Maybe members of the 70% can answer these!! Thank.

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