Amid the growing number of signs of Covid-19, Chinese researchers have recently found a new batch of coronaviruses in bats. One of them, Rhinolophus pusillus virus and reportedly the second-closest to the Covid-19 virus till now. The discoveries in a single, small region of Yunnan province in China defines just how many coronaviruses can exist in bats and how many have the potential to spread to people and a wide range of domestic and wild animals including pigs, cattle, mice, cats, dogs, and chickens.
In early 2020, a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was identified as the effective agent of a pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China which eventually turned into a global pandemic and killed lakhs of people.
The researchers wrote: “Together with the SARS-CoV-2 related virus collected from Thailand in June 2020, these results clearly demonstrate that viruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2 continue to circulate in bat populations, and in some regions might occur at a relatively high frequency.”
Now researchers are trying to find the original source of SARS-CoV-2. Although the bats are the common source but the researchers informed that the virus infected an intermediary animal. The SARS virus had caused the 2002-2004 outbreak and traced to an animal called a civet cat.