Researchers in China and other nations are discovering more evidence the deadly Coronavirus that has killed nearly 400 people is related to the region’s bat population.
“Two new studies published Monday in the journal Nature reveal that genetic makeup for the new virus taken from several patients was closely related to a bat coronavirus,” reports the New York Post. “In one study, researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China analyzed samples from seven patients, six of whom were workers at a seafood market in Wuhan, where the new coronavirus was believed to have originated.”
“The genome sequences of the new strain — dubbed 2019-nCoV — were 96% identical to coronaviruses found in bats, suggesting that they were the likely hosts of the disease, researchers said,” adds the newspaper.
Global health experts continued their struggle to slow the spread of the Coronavirus in China and other countries Friday; confirming there has been a 3,000% increase in cases across the globe including two in Rome, Italy.
“The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in China has skyrocketed to more than 9,000, surpassing the official count during the SARS epidemic. But the true number of infections may be even higher, as health workers struggle to catch up with the disease,” reports Bloomberg.
“A shortage of testing kits and overworked hospital staff are straining China’s health system, hampering efforts to accurately track how many people have the pathogen. The result is a hectic and imprecise process that’s creating bottlenecks as health experts attempt to pin down the scope of a disease that has claimed more than 200 lives,” adds the website.
Read the full report at the New York Post.