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China, Feb 12 (Canadian-Media: Due to increase of the number of deaths and infections in China and elsewhere, Dr. Bruce Aylward, renowned Canadian epidemiologist, was on his way to China Feb 11 to lead a team of WHO experts to study the origin of the virus and its severity, media reports said.
It was reported by World Health Organization (WHO) Tuesday that 1,017 people had died from Coronavirus in China, and there were 42,708 infected cases.
Dr. Bruce Aylward. Image credit: Facebook
Aylward was responsible for previously leading reforms of WHO's emergency preparedness program.
A group of WHO' s virologists, in charge of naming infectious diseases has dubbed the illness Coronavirus as COVID-19.
The new name did not create stigma by referring to a geographical location, an animal or group of people, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday.
Canada has agreed to provide $2 million to the World Health Organization to help vulnerable countries prepare for a potential coronavirus outbreak beyond China.
Additionally, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has put out a call for proposals to scientists interested in launching quick studies of the coronavirus if it breaks out here in Canada.