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Researcher of the Wuhan Institute of Virology Shi Jinli, who along with a colleague Cui Jie discovered the SARS virus, which emerged from bats, warned of a new outbreak of coronavirus. Her words quoted by the Mirror.
According to the expert, what scientists have discovered to date is just the tip of the iceberg. In her new article, has not yet passed peer review, said that the coronaviruses are developing, and will be easier to spread from bats to humans. Shi Jinli described the latest outbreak in Wuhan as an alarming signal for the entire world.
The virologist said that people are increasingly intruding into the natural world, and in combination with the movement of wild animals are the ideal conditions for the spread of disease. She stressed that currently, bats have become the cause of six outbreaks of coronavirus, including pandemic COVID-19.
Scientist were able to detect about 1.5 thousand different types of coronavirus in bats organisms. In the course of the study, which was published in may, the analysis of 15 thousand samples of saliva, blood and animal waste, 10 percent had found a whole “universe of coronaviruses,” which was subsequently frozen for storage at the Institute.
As of 30 June, the total number of people infected with coronavirus in the world has exceeded 10.2 million people. The pandemic has covered 188 countries. For the entire period of the pandemic died 504 936 infected, 5.2 million people recover.
Outbreak of pneumonia COVID-19 caused by a new type of coronavirus, was first recorded in December 2019 in Wuhan. On 11 March, the who announced that the situation can be characterized as a pandemic.
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