N.Korea Avoids 'Wuhan' Tag for Coronavirus

      February 11, 2020 14:02

      North Korea on Monday endorsed a WHO recommendation not to use the term "Wuhan" for the new coronavirus that first broke out in the Chinese city in a bid to avoid stigmatizing it.

      The official Rodong Sinmun reported that the WHO has urged countries "not to stigmatize the new coronavirus."

      It quoted a WHO official as saying, "It is the responsibility of us all to ensure that there is no stigma associated with this disease, and the unnecessary and unhelpful profiling of individuals based on ethnicity is utterly and completely unacceptable."

      North Korean officials quarantine a site, in this undated photo from the [North] Korean Central News Agency on Friday. /Yonhap

      The WHO officially calls the virus 2019-nCoV, which is merely an abbreviation for "novel coronavirus" and the year it broke out rather than any more scientific identification.

      The global agency is in a bind because it is on the one hand mandated to safeguard global health, which could favor guarding against travelers from the country where it probably originated, and on the other to combat racism or other ills that might arise from singling out Chinese carriers of the disease.

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