Rhinolophus pusillus virus, genetically the second-closest to the Covid-19 virus maybe.
A new batch of Coronaviruses in bats has been found by Chinese researchers. May be the second closest to Covid19 genetically.
After the outbreak of Nobel coronavirus last year in Wuhan, researchers collected 283 fecal samples, 109 oral swabs and 19 urine samples from small, forest-dwelling bats from the nearby areas in a county in Yunnan province between May 2019 and November 2020.
The Shandong University has published a report stating that "In total, we assembled 24 novel coronavirus genomes from different bat species, including four SARS-CoV-2 like coronaviruses."
"It would be the closest strain to SARS-CoV-2 except for genetic differences on the spike protein, the knob-like structure that the virus uses when attaching to cells," they said.
The researchers wrote: "Together with the SARS-CoV-2 related virus collected from Thailand in June 2020, these results demonstrate that viruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2 continue to circulate in bat populations, and in some regions might occur at a relatively high frequency."
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