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Cambodian scientists have discovered identical samples of the Coronavirus since 2010



Scientists from Cambodia have discovered a close match in samples from horseshoe bats that are 92% identical to the Corona virus, and these samples were collected in 2010, according to a report by the Chinese newspaper south China Post.


According to the report, through a World Health Organization investigation into the origin of the Corona virus that causes Covid-19 disease that is ongoing in China, a laboratory in Cambodia discovered close relatives of the pathogen in samples that have been stored in the refrigerator for more than a decade.


Two viruses were found in samples, taken from horseshoe bats in northeastern Cambodia in 2010 and were identified and found to have a 92.6% similarity with SARS-CoV-2 behind the Coronavirus pandemic and this makes them the closest relatives that were discovered outside of China and adds new information to the investigation into The source of the disease.


The latest discovery, made by researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia in Phnom Penh, comes as the WHO-supported team works to understand how the spread of the Coronavirus began in Wuhan, central China, where it was first identified in late 2019. .


Little is known about how the outbreak began, but scientists suspect that the virus may have originated in bats before it was transmitted to humans either directly or via an intermediate animal.


The Chinese officials indicated that the virus may have come from abroad, and the World Health Organization said that it is too early to jump to any conclusions, and the search for the origin of the Corona virus led a number of laboratories to conduct a backward test of stored animal samples to search for traces of similar viruses in an attempt to provide more Of the evidence.


The researchers, including scientists from the Sorbonne and the Pasteur Institute in France and the University of California and Davis in the United States, said that Phnom Penh's findings, which have not been peer-reviewed, "indicate that Southeast Asia is a major area to consider in the ongoing search for Corona virus origins, and in future monitoring of corona viruses.

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