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WHO skipped two Greek alphabet letters in naming coronavirus variant

CLAIM: The World Health Organization skipped two letters of the Greek alphabet, nu and xi, when naming omicron, a newly identified variant of the coronavirus.
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New Covid variant called omicron not Xi to avoid offending Chinese ruler

Officials at the World Health Organisations skipped two letters of the Greek alphabet when naming the latest Covid variant in order to avoid “stigmatising” China, and perhaps its premier Xi Jinping.

2 months ago|Los Angeles, United States
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Fact Check-WHO skipped letters of Greek alphabet while naming COVID-19 variant Omicron

Several social media posts have questioned the convention adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) for naming new COVID-19 variants and speculated over whether it avoided letters of the Greek alphabet ‘Nu’ and ‘Xi’ when naming the most recent B.1.1.529 variant, Omicron...

2 months ago|United Kingdom
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Omicron variant: Why WHO skipped 'nu,' 'xi' for new COVID-19 variant

The name of a newly identified variant of the coronavirus has had some social media users scratching their heads about the World Health Organization's system for labeling certain versions of the virus.

2 months ago|Toronto, Canada
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Here’s why WHO skipped 2 Greek letters to name new variant ‘Omicron’ - National

The WHO chose on Friday to dub the variant, first reported to the agency by scientists in South Africa, ``omicron'' -- continuing its use of the Greek alphabet.

2 months ago|Toronto, Canada
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WHO accused of politics for naming latest variant ‘omicron’ instead of ‘xi’

The World Health Organization was accused of pandering to China after announcing Friday that the latest COVID-19 variant has been named “omicron” after the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet, skipping the letters “nu” and “xi.” In a statement to The Washington Times, WHO said that the 13th and 14th Greek letters were passed over because “nu” looks too much like “new,” and “xi” would violate the organization’s policy against offending a region.

2 months ago|Washington, United States
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Why WHO chose ‘Omicron’ not ‘Xi’ for new COVID variant

Many have noted that the World Health Organisation skipped a Greek letter that is also the name of the Chinese President in naming the new variant of concern.

2 months ago|Sydney, Australia
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WHO skipped two Greek alphabet letters in naming coronavirus variant

CLAIM: The World Health Organization skipped two letters of the Greek alphabet, nu and xi, when naming omicron, a newly identified variant of the coronavirus. AP’S ASSESSMENT: True.

2 months ago|United States
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New Covid variant called omicron not Xi to avoid offending Chinese ruler

The decision to avoid the use of Xi is perhaps not surprising given the diplomatic optics

2 months ago|London, United Kingdom
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Why WHO skipped two Greek letters to name new Covid-19 variant Omicron

Their decision to skip the two letters and use the next available one to name the latest variant had generated a lot of curiosity and interest on the internet.

2 months ago|India
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Neither Nu nor Xi: WHO skips two Greek letters for naming new Covid variant Omicron

Naming can get tricky sometimes even when someone is following a sequence of letters. Although it shouldn’t happen usually, it can at times.    The same holds true for the naming of new Covid variant Omicron, where two letters in the Greek alphabet, Nu and Xi, were skipped for various reasons by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.   The new Covid variant, which was first detected in southern Africa, has taken the world by surprise.

2 months ago|Noida, India
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