Scientists from China’s Wuhan, where the Covid-19 virus was first discovered in 2019, have warned of a new type of coronavirus NeoCov in South Africa, stated to have a high death and transmission rate. According to researchers from Wuhan University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Biophysics, only one mutation is required for the virus to infiltrate human cells.
The research findings stated that the novel coronavirus poses a risk because it binds to the ACE2 receptor differently than the coronavirus pathogen. As a result, neither antibodies nor protein molecules produced by people with respiratory diseases or who have been immunized can protect against NeoCov.
According to Chinese researchers, NeoCov carries the potential combination of MERS-high Cov’s mortality rate (one in every three infected person dies) and the current SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus’s high transmission rate.
“The Vector research center 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,” the Russian State Virology and Biotechnology Research Center said in a statement.