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COVID-19 virus likely originates in bats, jumps to humans: media

COVID-19 virus likely originates in bats, jumps to humans: media

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Laboratory study of a bat in China. Photo by Xinhua.
Laboratory study of a bat in China. Photo by Xinhua.

Earlier, the World Health Organization announced that the coronavirus is of animal origin. However, experts are unsure of many of their previous judgments. This was announced by WHO expert Peter Ben Embarek.

It is likely that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, originated in bats and jumped to humans, according to recent media reports, informed The Xinhua News Agency.

"When viruses jump from one host to another, they must mutate to adapt to the new host, which means the viruses will become better at replicating themselves in the new host", – U.S. media outlet Galveston County Daily News reported.

"Occasionally, the right combination of mutations occurs and starts a pandemic", – the report said.

"Early ancestors of the novel coronavirus have existed in bats for hundreds of years, and "developed the ability to infect other mammals", – the report added.

"That explains why SARS-CoV-2 was so transmissible", – said the report.

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