China is a hotbed for new coronaviruses – report warns of 'possible new hotspots'

“We hope these results could be useful for identifying region-specific targeted interventions needed to increase resilience to coronavirus spillovers.”

The report comes amid the tragic death toll of COVID-19, which has infected more than 169.5 million and killed more than 3.5 million.

According to the study, most of the current hotspots are found in China.

China is already believed to be ground zero for the ongoing pandemic, with COVID-19 first emerging in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, late in 2019.

The country has a growing demand for meat, which is driving the mass-scale rearing of livestock.

Industrial-scale livestock rearing is problematic because it is highly susceptible to the outbreak of disease.

The H7N7 “bird flu” virus, for instance, has been associated with intensive poultry production, leading to countries like the Netherlands to cull some 30 million birds.


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