Since the beginning of the pandemic, 460,331 people have been diagnosed with the disease: 206,866 people have managed to recover, 8,450 have succumbed to the disease (+138).
Over the past day, the largest number of confirmed cases was registered in the Kharkiv region- 1,074 cases, Kyiv - 943 cases; Zhytomyr region - 543 cases; Zaporizhia region - 688 cases; Kyiv region - 546 cases.
As we reported, scientists have discovered a new type of virus similar to the strain that causes Covid-19, in the dung of cave-dwelling bats in Japan.
The researchers found the pathogen in the feces of little horseshoe bats in the wilds of Japan seven years ago. A new investigation has found it is strikingly similar to SARS-CoV-2 – the strain of Covid-19.
The genetic make-up of the new virus is 81.5 % consistent with SARS-CoV-2 and the experts say it is the first time that a pathogen similar to the one responsible for the current pandemic has been found in Japan.
Viruses that transfer from animals to humans have been responsible for a range of illnesses, including Covid-19, SARS, MERS, and some versions of the common cold. Thankfully, the scientists say the new virus doesn’t infect humans, although further investigation is needed.