China's National Health Commission has given the disease caused by the novel coronavirus a temporary official title in English, calling it
Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia, or NCP.
The name will be used by Chinese government agencies and media outlets until a permanent name is determined by international organizations.
The virus is currently identified by the WHO as
－shorthand for a novel coronavirus first detected in 2019.
Our Newsletter will start using the new title
while on some occasions may continue to use the WHO term