The researchers claim that their discoveries in southwestern China reveal precisely how many coronaviruses are prevalent in bats and how many have the potential to transfer to people.
Amid increasing efforts to look into the origins of COVID-19, Chinese researchers revealed they had detected a batch of new coronaviruses in bats.
According to CNN, one of the recently discovered viruses in bats may be the second-closest (genetically) to the COVID-19 virus.
According to the researchers, their findings in southwestern China demonstrate how many coronaviruses exist in bats and how many have the potential to transfer to humans.
In the journal Cell, the Chinese researchers at Shandong University wrote “in total, we collected 24 new coronavirus genomes from different kinds of the bat, including four SARS-CoV-2s, like coronaviruses.”
Samples were taken from small, woodland bats between May 2019 and November 2020. They tested both urine and feces and also took swabs from the mouths of the bats, according to the investigators.
According to researchers from China, the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes an ongoing pandemic has a genetically identical virus.
The virus uses the knob-like structure to bind to the cells,” they stated, “there would be the closest strain to SARS-CoV-2 save for spike proteins genetic differences.
“This data clearly shows that viruses closely connected with SARS-CoV-2 continue to circulate in bat populations and in some countries at reasonably high frequencies in conjunction with those from SARS-CoV-2 recovered in Thailand in June 2020.” “They have written In the second phase of the investigation of origin conducted on WHO COVID-19, the identification of new coronaviruses in bats comes with increased requests for a prompt, transparent, and evidence-based independent approach. Calls for further research have been stepped up into the origins of COVID-19.
Even after more than 1.5 years in the city of Wuhan, the origin of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has remained a secret.
Now experts and countries are requesting more research to determine whether the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology naturally or was released.