Under agreed guidelines between WHO, the @OIEAnimalHealth & @FAO, we had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease
Why the need for a new name, it is a variation of SARS and the Corona Virus, unless they do not want folks to think of using items that works on those?
Too late, Lysol that has corona on its label is sold out...
Ok, so you've answered your own question, but I'll volunteer an answer on behalf of the UN anyway.
The UN probably regret naming the first outbreak "SARS" because, as is blindingly obvious now, that is just a generic term.
I get SARS every evening when I climb up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire, but after 10 minutes I'm cured again.
Influenza is also a generic term, which is why we have "Spanish 'flu" to denote a particularly significant strain - you may have heard of it?
This time, finally, they have got it right. COVID-19 will either be a one-off, like 9/11, that we will always remember. Or it may indeed re-appear at some future date, possibly starting out from..... Norway... or Australia...or Iceland. And suddenly the name "Wuhan virus" is no longer appropriate.
Likewise a new date could be added so that it becomes COVID-26 (assuming it strikes in 2026)
Or it gets a new name entirely if it is no longer a corona-virus.
With the world's population ever increasing, and air travel becoming easier, it is almost inevitable that pandemics will become more frequent and more destructive. And original sources less and less clear. What price a French national starting a disease half way across the Pacific whilst flying back & forth between Tokyo and LAX (after eating a meal of Argentine beef) ? Who gets the credit for that one?
Let's hope the same does not apply to the USA releasing the virus in Wuhan, that rumour is also being repeated a lot.
Repeated "a lot" ? Then you need to find a better source for your news!
In my world it was mentioned a handful of times only, a week or so back, along with clear indications it was just mud-stirring by the Chinese, and since then I've heard NOTHING.
Are you perhaps relying too much on Chinese (or possibly Russian) news sources? I can't think of anyone else still carrying this story.
p.s. "rumour"? You are the second one today displaying curious spellings. Wot is occurring here?
Nothing to see here; move along please.