Wuhan Scientists Forewarn of New Coronavirus ‘NeoCov’ With High Mortality and Spread Rate, Says Report
According to a report by the Russian news agency Sputnik, scientists from Wuhan, China, where the COVID-19 virus was initially found in 2019, have cautioned about a new strain of coronavirus known as “NeoCov” in South Africa, which has a high mortality and spread rate. According to the report, the new NeoCov virus variant is not new.
It was detected in outbreaks in Middle Eastern countries between 2012 and 2015, and it is comparable to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes coronavirus in people.
According to researchers from Wuhan University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Biophysics, only one mutation is required for the virus to permeate human cells.
The unusual coronavirus offers a threat, according to the researchers, since it attaches differently to the ACE2 receptors than the coronavirus pathogen. As a consequence, NeoCoV is not protected by antibodies or protein molecules generated by patients with respiratory disorders or those who have been innoculated.
According to Chinese experts, NeoCoV has the ability to merge the high mortality rate of MERS-high CoV (one out of every three infected individuals dies) with the rapid rate of transmission of the existing SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
According to the report, scientists from the Russian State Virology and Biotechnology Research Center published a statement on Thursday following a briefing on NeoCoV.
“The Vector Research Centre is aware of the data obtained by Chinese researchers on the NeoCoV coronavirus. At the moment, the issue is not the emergence of a new coronavirus capable of actively spreading among humans,” it said, adding that the potential risks outlined needed to be studied and probed further.