Scientists in China have issued a warning about a new coronavirus strain, NeoCov, which is said to be more dangerous with a higher contagious rate. According to the researchers, NeoCoV has the potentially combined high fatality risk of MERS-CoV – one in every three infected people dies on average- and the high transmission rate of the existing SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Furthermore, as per the study, the results suggest that existing COVID-19 immunizations are insufficient to protect people against any illness produced by these viruses. The research paper based on this study has not yet been peer-reviewed and is only available in preprint form.
The NeoCoV virus has previously been connected to epidemics in Middle Eastern nations in 2012 and 2015. In many aspects, it is comparable to the COVID-19 producing coronavirus. NeoCoV was discovered in bats in South Africa and has only spread among these species.