Dr. Shi Zhengli from Wuhan Institute of Virology believes that bats in China and South Asian countries may be carriers of viruses related to SARS-CoV-2, there is a great risk of transmitting viruses to humans.
Viruses related to SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 may circulate in the south and southwest of China as well as in South Asian countries. This was stated by virologist Shi Zhengli from Wuhan Institute of Virology.
According to Zhengli, there is a great risk of transferring new coronaviruses from bats to humans.
She noted that the natural reservoir for COVID-19 are bats, from them the virus could get other animals, and then people. The animal that became an intermediate link has not yet been identified.
According to the virologist, Chinese scientists could not find the virus in farm and wild animals around Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province.
If the intermediate host of the virus was a pangolin, as previously thought, it is possible that the virus has moved from bats to pangolins outside of China because all pangolins are smuggled into China from other Asian countries, particularly India, Zhengli said.
Professor david robertson, who studies viruses at the university of glasgow, believes research should continue to focus on china.
“We are confident that the pangolins were infected with the virus presumably from horseshoe bats after being imported into China,” Robertson said.
An outbreak of coronavirus began in late 2019 in China. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the spread of coronavirus a pandemic.
In February, Chinese scientists said the intermediate link in the transmission of Coronavirus 2019-nCoV from animals to humans is probably pangolins (or lizards).
According to the U.S. Johns Hopkins University, as of December 6, more than 66.8 million cases of infection with coronavirus have been identified worldwide. More than 1.5 million died from COVID-19 and 42.9 million recovered.
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