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‘Maybe once in 1000 yrs’: ICMR on whether coronavirus can jump from bats to humans

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While addressing a press conference in the national capital on April 15 amid coronavirus pandemic, the scientist of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar said, “As per research in China, it was found that coronavirus might have originated due to mutation in bats. Bats might have transmitted it to pangolins, from pangolins it got transmitted to humans.” “We also conducted surveillance, in which we found that there are two types of bats, and they carried coronavirus which was not capable of affecting humans. It is rare, maybe once in 1000 years that it gets transmitted from bats to humans,” he added.

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