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New study finds bats in Thailand carry coronavirus similar to COVID-19


A new study found that a small group of bats in eastern Thailand carried a coronavirus that matches the one that causes the Coronavirus (COVID-19), according to media reports.

The new virus was identified in the blood of five horseshoe bats in an artificial cave at a wildlife sanctuary, and researchers at Bangkok-based Chulalongkorn University found it shares 91.5 percent of the genetic code of SARS-CoV-2.

Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported this based on the results of a study published on Tuesday by the journal Nature Communications.

“We need to do more surveillance in animals,” Wang Linfa of Singapore’s Duke-NUS Medical School, who was involved in the study, told reporters.

“In order to find the true origin (of COVID-19), the surveillance work needs to go beyond the border of China,” Wang added.