variants or NCoV
Note: nCoV is often used to indicate a newly recognized coronavirus prior to definitive identification and classification. It is sometimes used in combination with the year of identification.
The virus was discovered in Saudi Arabia last September and is simply known as "novel coronavirus," or NCoV for short.—Steve Newman
The rapidly emerging 2019-nCoV follows the SARS coronavirus outbreak in 2002-2003, which also emerged out of China …—Gary Evans
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