The World Health Organization, when naming a new strain of coronavirus detected in South Africa, in the Greek alphabet, omitted two letters.
В In particular, the WHO skipped Nu and Xi, naming the new version Omicron.
Users on social networks wondered why the organization abandoned its method of naming new strains in alphabetical order.
Many expected the agency to name the South African strain Nu, as that letter follows Mu & ndash; option that was announced on August 30th. Some users suggested that in this way the organization was afraid of offending the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, whose name begins with Xi.
In a statement provided to AP, the WHO explained that they missed Nu, since this letter is too easy to confuse with the word “ new '', and Xi & ndash; since this is a common surname.
“The practice of denoting diseases suggests that any person should not be insulted,” & ndash; explained in WHO.