Bats may be the most likely source for coronavirus

February 17, 2020  12:21

Bats may be the most likely source and peddler of the new coronavirus COVID-19, said experts from the Chinese ministry of science and technology.

Wu Yuanbin, Director-General of Department of Science & Technology for Social Development of the ministry suggested bats transmit the dangerous virus.

According to scientists, the new type of coronavirus is 90% similar to the coronavirus from a bat organism that lives in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province.

The COVID-19 death toll reached 1776, with 106 new deaths recorded in the past day.

The total number of infected people is at least 71,334, while 11,040 have already recovered, 58,518 are still ill, and 11,298 of them are in serious or critical condition.

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