Published time: 09 February 2020
Authors: Xiang Li, Yuhe Song, Gary Wong, Jie Cui
Keywords: Coronavirus, bat, covid-19, pneumonia
A novel coronavirus reported to cause pneumonia in 41 people during December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, China, was identified and designated as the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (Zhu et al., 2020; Li et al., 2020). Infection with 2019-nCoV results in clusters of severe respiratory illness similar to that caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and is associated with high mortality (Chen et al., 2020; Huang et al., 2020). This new coronavirus belongs to genus Betacoronavirus, family Coronaviridae, with a single-stranded, positive-sense RNA genome, but genetically distinct from SARS-CoV and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
Bat origin of a new human coronavirus there and back again