Pandemic fears have resurfaced after a group of scientists have discovered two new coronaviruses that can be transported by bats.
The world is still reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic, which began attacking the planet’s lungs in Wuhan, China, after an animal, believed to be either a bat or a pangolin, carrying the disease was sold in a lightly-regulated food market.
Worryingly, scientists in China have now discovered two new viruses of the same family.
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CD35 and CD36 were discovered in samples taken from 112 great roundleaf bats that were captured in caves across southern China between March and April 2021.
Seven of the sampled bats were carrying the two newly discovered coronaviruses, both of which have the same mutation that made Covid-19 so infectious,the Mirror reports.
It is important to note that neither CD53 nor CD54 are exactly the same as Covid-19, and only have a 54% match to the virus that spread across the world like wildfire.
Neither have yet been proven capable of infecting human beings.
Covid-19 was first detected in November 2019, and a series of incidents spread the disease rapidly.
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After the disease was identified, mass movement within China as a result of national Chinese New Year Celebrations meant that the virus had the perfect chance to spread across the country.
This led to the disease quickly spreading across the world, with it first being found in Italy before it went further afield.
To date, the World Health Organisation reports that nearly 7 million people have died from the disease, with nearly 800 million cases being recorded in total.
The UK itself saw more than 227,000 citizens die as a result of the disease, one of the highest death tolls in Europe.
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The WHO recently warned that the next global pandemic may kill even more people than Covid-19 did,the Daily Star reported.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "the threat of another pathogen emerging with even deadlier potential remains. When the next pandemic comes knocking — and it will — we must be ready to answer decisively, collectively and equitably."
"We cannot kick this can down the road,” he starkly warned.
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