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The work suggests bats common to Europe, Russia, parts of Asia and Africa and the Middle East may carry viruses that are very closely related to the new coronavirus, called EMC 2012.
The SARS coronavirus, a cousin of EMC 2012, evolved from a bat virus that made its way into wild animals — civet cats and raccoon dogs — that are eaten as delicacies in China. "We don't know (yet) what the raccoon dog is for this virus, but there may be one," Drosten said.
New Coronavirus-Like Virus Found In Bats
In all, 33 people in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and France have been confirmed as having an infection caused by the novel coronavirus. Investigations are being done to figure out the source of the novel coronavirus and how it spreads.
"Of most concern... is the fact that the different clusters seen in multiple countries increasingly support the hypothesis that when there is close contact this novel coronavirus can transmit from person to person," the World Health Organization said on Sunday. "This pattern of person-to-person transmission has remained limited to some small clusters and so far, there is no evidence to suggest the virus has the capacity to sustain generalised transmission in communities," the statement adds.
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I'm sorry, I don't know what I did there. There was no mortality rate in the link you gave me.
Since (September 2012, there have been 33 confirmed cases across Europe and the Middle East, with 18 deaths, according to a recent WHO update.
The Saudi health ministry said that 15 people had died out of the 24 cases diagnosed since last summer.