The NEXT coronavirus pandemic? Bats in China are carrying other viruses that may infect humans


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Bats that are present in China as well as other South Asian countries carry other coronaviruses that have the capacity to cross over to humans, Chinese virologist Dr Zheng-Li Shi from the Wuhan Institute of Virology has warned. Dr Shi said that some of the viruses were similar to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic. “We should not only search for them in China, but also in South Asian countries. We think these viruses have a high risk of interspecies transmission to humans,” said Shi, who is nicknamed “bat woman” because her research group studies bat coronaviruses. She...