China coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

The World Health Organization asks countries to be 'as aggressive as possible' in combating virus.

China coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

The World Health Organization asks countries to be 'as aggressive as possible' in combating virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said a vaccine for the coronavirus could be ready in 18 months, as the UN health body announced that the official name for the virus would be Covid-19.

The announcement came as the death toll in mainland China has now reached more than 1,000, after 108 people died from the virus on Monday - the highest daily toll since the outbreak began late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

The total number of deaths on the mainland was 1,016, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday, while 42,638 infections have been reported. The vast majority of deaths and infections are in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province.

Two deaths have been recorded outside mainland China - one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.

At least 25 countries have confirmed cases and several nations have evacuated their citizens from Hubei. 

Here are the latest updates:

Tuesday, February 11

World must consider coronavirus 'public enemy number one,' WHO says

The WHO has asked countries to be "as aggressive as possible" in fighting the newly-named Covid-19 coronavirus.

"If the world doesn't want to wake up and consider the virus as public enemy number one, I don't think we will learn from our lessons," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva.

"We are still in containment strategy and should not allow the virus to have a space to have local transmission," he said.