A Chinese study reported that “types of corona viruses in bats are related to the virus that caused the SARS outbreak, but none of them are closely related to the virus that causes Covid-19.”
According to what was published by the “South China Morning Post” newspaper, the study showed that 142 types of corona viruses from bats are linked to the virus that caused the outbreak of SARS about two decades ago, but none of them are closely related to the virus that caused Covid-19. “.
In a paper uploaded to Research Square before printing on Monday, researchers from the Institute of Pathogen Biology in Beijing revealed that they have collected and tested samples from more than 4,700 bats in areas across the country since January 2020.
“The latest research by Chinese researchers focused on bats on samples collected from more than 13,000 bats from 56 species across 14 provinces since 2016,” according to the “South China Morning Post.”
This paper is the first to provide basic details about the scope of bat sampling to find close ancestors of the virus that causes COVID-19, which has been conducted since the outbreak was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in 2019.
Peter Daszak, a disease ecologist who was part of the WHO’s investigation into China earlier this year, said: “This is the first new sample I’ve seen from a well-known group of Chinese scientists on the SARS-related coronavirus in China. China since the epidemic.
“Will China continue to do this kind of work? Well… yes, that’s what they’re doing, and not just that, they’re going to spread it,” he added.
Liu Bun Lit-man, from the University of Hong Kong, described this research work as an “important step towards helping researchers narrow down the areas and species of organisms that may contain viruses closer.”
As corresponding author Wu Zhiqiang and the research team explained in the paper, which has not been peer-reviewed, “The more closely related ancestors of Sars-CoV and Sars-CoV-2 may have been widespread in the Indochina peninsula or even in the south.” “.