Many questions have been raised about how the corona virus spread. According to one theory, these bats came in animals like pangolins and from them in humans. Now in a recent study, Chinese researchers have told that they have been found in bats. Interestingly, they also contain a virus like SARS-CoV-2, which spreads the Covid-19 epidemic. Not only this, samples for this study were started from May 2019 and in November the virus started spreading rapidly in Wuhan.
24 novel corona virus found
According to a CNN report, researchers say that their discovery in southwest China shows how many coronaviruses are in bats and how many can spread to humans. In a study published in the journal ‘Cell’, researchers from Shandong University have said that a total of 24 novel corona virus genomes have been assembled from different species of bats, of which four are SARS-CoV-2-like.
Difference only in spike protein
The samples were taken from bats living in the forest between May 2019 and November 2020. Researchers say that a virus is very similar to SARS-CoV-2. There is some difference in its spike protein itself, through which the virus attaches to the cells. The study said that with samples taken from Thailand in June 2020, it is found that viruses like SARS-CoV-2 are flourishing in bats and in some places they may be more.
Allegations of virus leak in China
This research has come to the fore at a time when questions about China’s role in spreading the virus have intensified and there is a demand for an international investigation. Recently, it was claimed by US intelligence agencies that the virus was spread from bats to humans in a closed mine in Yunnan province of China. Samples of the victims of this were brought to the Virology Lab of Wuhan. It is alleged that the virus leaked from here and the world came under the grip of this tragedy.
[Attribution to NBT]