A virus similar to the COVID-19 coronavirus has been found in the droppings of bats found in Japan. The find was made by a group of scientists from the University of Tokyo.
The virus they found in the biomaterials of bats collected seven years ago is 81.5 percent identical to the new coronavirus. At the same time, during clinical trials, it was confirmed that the detected form of the virus is not transmitted to humans, reports TASS.
According to Japanese public television, this is the first case of detection in animals in the country of a coronavirus with such a high percentage of identity to the new SARS-CoV-2. Previously, experts have already discovered in bats living in China, viruses identical to the new coronavirus by 95 percent or more.
Earlier it was reported that the mutation of the coronavirus COVID-19 was recorded in Denmark. The mutated coronavirus has spread to more than a thousand fur farms where minks are bred, and has already been identified in 12 people. It blocks the formation of antibodies and compromises the effectiveness of vaccines.
The mutated coronavirus is capable of spreading from minks to humans, which is why the UK authorities announced a two-week quarantine for everyone who comes from Denmark.
In total, cases of animal disease with coronavirus were recorded in 17 countries around the world. Most of them are registered in the USA, the Rosselkhoznadzor reported yesterday.
The department noted: the most possible ecological reservoir of the coronavirus is bats. In our country, a cat caught the first COVID-19.
Now in Russia, clinical trials of an experimental vaccine against coronavirus are being carried out on 40 cats and 40 dogs. Tests on fur animals are also planned.