'Once In 1,000 Years': Top Medical Body Quotes Chinese Theory On COVID-19

ICMR said the Chinese study shows coronavirus spread to humans from bats.

Highlights

  • Chinese tudy shows virus may have spread to humans from bats: ICMR
  • Transmission of virus from bats to humans happens once in 1000 years
  • Over 20 lakh people have been affected by COVID-19 globally

New Delhi:

The country’s top medical body on Wednesday said that a research study in China has shown that the coronavirus strain at the heart of the global COVID-19 pandemic is a mutated form of its variant found in bats.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that the study shows that the deadly virus may have infected humans either directly from bats or it may have been transmitted from bats to pangolins and then humans.

“As per a research in China, it was found that coronavirus might have mutated in bats so as to infect humans,” said ICMR’s head scientist Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar.

“There is also a possibility that bats might have transmitted it to pangolins, and from pangolins it got transmitted to humans,” he said.

“The event of coronavirus transmitting from bats to humans happens once in a thousand years. When some virus changes species, that is a rare event,” Dr Gangakhedkar.

Medical experts across the world are divided on theories about how the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which triggered the 2019 outbreak dubbed COVID-19, spread to humans.

Calling for more research, many scientists have rejected the theory that the virus emerged in humans in late 2019 from a wet market in China’s Wuhan that sold pangolins.

More than 20 lakh people across the world have been affected by COVID-19. The number of confirmed cases in India stands at 11,933 including 392 deaths.

The ICMR also said that they have found no instance of coronavirus jumping from bats to humans in India.

“At the time when the Nipah virus occurred, we started an investigation on the Indian animals to see which all have the ability to spread such kind of virus,” Dr Gangakhedkar told news agency ANI.

“We found that there are two types of bats, and they carried coronavirus which was not capable of affecting humans,” he said.

World

19,96,943Cases
13,68,501Active
5,00,837Recovered
1,27,605Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 185 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,96,943 and 1,27,605 have died; 13,68,501 are active cases and 5,00,837 have recovered as on April 15, 2020 at 5:24 pm.

India

11,933 1118Cases
10,197 925Active
1,344 154Recovered
392 39Deaths
In India, there are 11,933 confirmed cases including 392 deaths. The number of active cases is 10,197 and 1,344 have recovered as on April 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

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Ahmednagar21
Aurangabad8
Osmanabad4
Ratnagiri2
Sindhudurg1
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2687 350

2250 302

259 30

178 18

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North West5
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1501 49

30

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Namakkal28
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Villupuram16
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Thiruvallur12
Thiruvarur12
Nagapattinam11
Tirupattur11
Thanjavur11
Virudhunagar11
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Kanniyakumari6
Kanchipuram6
Sivaganga5
The Nilgiris4
Ramanathapuram2
Kallakurichi2
Perambalur1
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1111 7

81 23

12 1

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Jhunjhunu20
Jaisalmer16
Dungarpur6
Bharatpur5
Pratapgarh2
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855 112

147 14

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Chhindwara2
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870 241

64 13

53 3

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Ghaziabad23
Saharanpur13
Kanpur Nagar8
Maharajganj6
Firozabad4
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Shahjahanpur1
Moradabad1
Kaushambi1
Barabanki1
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673 70

51 2

11 6

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Bhavnagar13
Gandhinagar12
Vadodara12
Porbandar3
Gir Somnath2
Panch Mahals1
Sabar Kantha1
Chhotaudepur1
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606 70

59 4

30 4

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Nizamabad26
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Medchal Malkajgiri16
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Jogulamba Gadwal12
Ranga Reddy12
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Karimnagar8
Mahabubnagar8
Sangareddy7
Vikarabad4
Bhadradri Kothagudem4
Nagarkurnool2
Peddapalli2
Mahabubabad1
Jayashankar Bhupalapally1
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647 23

509 2

120 20

18 1

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Y.s.r. Kadapa25
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Visakhapatnam20
Chittoor17
East Godavari12
Anantapur6
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503 30

478 28

16 2

9

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Ernakulam23
Thiruvananthapuram15
Malappuram13
Pathanamthitta13
Kozhikode12
Thrissur11
Alappuzha3
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387 8

173

211 13

3

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Bandipora24
Baramulla16
Ganderbal2
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278 8

244

30 14

4

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Chikballapur10
Uttar Kannad10
Dakshin Kannad7
Kalaburagi6
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Chitradurga1
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277 19

191 7

75 10

11 2

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24 Paraganas North6
Kalimpong6
24 Paraganas South4
Jalpaiguri4
Purba Bardhaman3
Medinipur West2
Paschim Bardhaman2
Darjeeling1
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213 23

169 22

37 1

7

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Faridabad19
Fatehabad3
Panchkula2
Charki Dadri1
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199

162

34

3

DistrictCases
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Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar18
Amritsar10
Hoshiarpur7
Jalandhar6
Fatehgarh Sahib2
Pathankot2
Sas Mohali1
Kapurthala1
Details Awaited*97

186 10

159 9

14

13 1

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Gopalganj3
Begusarai2
Bhagalpur1
Lakhisarai1
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70 4

40 1

29 3

1

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Kalahandi1
Kendrapara1
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60 5

41 5

18

1

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Udam Singh Nagar4
Pauri Garhwal1
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37 2

28

9 2

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33 2

32 2

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1

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Rajnandgaon1
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33 2

20

13 3

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33 1

19 1

13

1

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27 3

25 3

0

2

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21

14

7

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17 2

7 2

10

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11

1

10

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7 6

6 5

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7

2

5

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7

6

1

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Imphal West1

2

1

1

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2

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