Healthcare As death toll mounts, WHO treads carefully on naming new virus Updated : February 08, 2020 05:44 PM IST The UN health agency's official temporary name for the disease, which it has designated as a global health emergency, is "2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease". The date refers to when it was first identified on December 31, 2019, and "nCoV" stands for "novel coronavirus" -- the family of viruses it belongs to. China announced Saturday that it would temporarily call the disease, which has killed more than 700 people, Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (NCP). Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.