The presence of coronaviruses was found in two bat species in India by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
This was found in a study that was published by the ICMR on Monday. Reportedly, the study suggested that bats are reservoirs of a wide range of the coronavirus. These viruses are said to be transmitted to the humans by some “intermediate” host.
It was reported that throat samples of two bat species were tested. The specimens tested were from Karnataka, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Odisha, Punjab, Kerala, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu.
The specimens were taken from the pteropus and rousettus bats. They were screened thoroughly for the virus, of which samples from Kerala were tested positive of the virus.
Further tests related to the virus on other animals are being undertaken.
However, the study is yet to report anything related to novel coronavirus.
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