World Health Organization says that Covid-19 is the official name for new coronavirus disease.
"We now have a name for the disease, and it is Covid-19," WHO chief Tedros Adhonom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.
It comes after the death toll from the virus has exceeded one thousand. Thousands of people have been infected.
Dr. Gherbaeus has called on the world to fight the new virus as aggressively as possible.
The term coronavirus refers to a group of viruses, rather than the latest strain.
The virus itself has been designated SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
To avoid confusion and scandal over a group or country, researchers have been calling for an official name.
The WHO chief said, "We had to find a name that doesn't refer to a geographical location, an animal, a person or a group of people, and that is also pronounced and related to the disease," the WHO chief said.