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WHO Explains Why It Skipped ‘Xi’ When Naming New COVID-19 Variant Omicron

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Visitors wearing protective face masks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus visits the capital’s popular tourist spot of Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Sunday, May 10, 2020. A family in China, nightclubs in South Korea and a slaughterhouse in Germany: New clusters of coronavirus infections are igniting concerns about a second wave even as calls grow in some countries to relax restrictions even further. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Let’s not offend anyone!

Two letters were skipped—Nu and Xi—because Nu is too easily confounded with ‘new’ and Xi was not used because it is a common surname and [the] WHO best practices for naming new diseases … suggest avoiding ‘causing offence to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups,’” the United Nations agency told The Epoch Times in a statement on Nov. 27.

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