/Seven new coronaviruses have been found lurking in bats in Africa

Seven new coronaviruses have been found lurking in bats in Africa

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Hipposiderid bats in Africa may carry new coronaviruses

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Seven new coronaviruses have been discovered in bats in Gabon, but their potential to spill over into people and cause a covid-19-like pandemic is unclear.

We have known that coronaviruses can jump from bats to people and cause serious illness since the 2002-03 SARS coronavirus outbreak was traced back to bats in China. Covid-19 is another coronavirus that is thought to have originated in bats in China and crossed to people, possibly via other animals.

The majority of bat coronaviruses identified so far have been found …