Bats in Thailand found with coronaviruses similar to Sars-cov-2

Horseshoe bats carrying coronaviruses very similar to the one that causes Covid-19 have been found in Thailand

The study found a coronavirus in the horseshoe bat Rhinolophus acuminatus in Thailand that was 91.5 per cent similar to Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

So far, the closest relative to Sars-CoV-2 has been detected in the horseshoe bat Rhinolophus affinis in China’s Yunnan province – with a genetic similarity of 96.2 per cent.

The Straits Times article

See also: A novel Sars-cov-2 related coronavirus in bats from Cambodia

 

By Marie Jullion – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3359176