Anna Speranskaya, head of the genomics and post-genomic technologies group at the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, told RIA Novosti that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has not yet been detected in bats in Russia, but other variants of the virus have been detected.
According to Speranskaya, experts have tested samples from about two hundred bats of different species using RT-PCR using RT-PCR. “We were specifically looking for viruses very similar to SARS-CoV-2. But they didn’t find anything, ”she said.
The expert noted that in addition to SARS-CoV-2, there are other coronaviruses in nature, which were found in bats in Russia. They are found in all regions where they are found, but in Russia they are still little studied, Speranskaya concluded.
Earlier, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Gao Fu said that in the future the world will surely face a new virus. The scientist noted that in the future the world will surely face the so-called “X virus”, the characteristics of which are currently unknown to anyone. It can occur anywhere and anytime.