“The sequence of genome of the new strain of coronavirus recovered from pangolins, is identical to the sequence of infected people by 99%; it points out that the pangolins might be the intermediary host of the virus,” the message said.
It is noted that the research was held by South China Agriculture University.
According to president of the university Liu Yahong, the research group analyzed over 1,000 samples of metagenome of wild animals and found pangolin as the most possible intermediary host.
Besides, the president added that the research will facilitate the prevention and fight against epidemic. The scientists will also offer the scientific reference for policy on wild animals.
As we reported, one of the first to warn the people of Wuhan about the deadly coronavirus Doctor Li Wenliang has succumbed to the disease on February 6.
As of February 7, the number of deceased from coronavirus 2019 nCoV in the territory of mainland China increased up to 636 people. The number of cases surpassed 31,000 people.