South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Bat viruses being studied in Cambodia to gain new coronavirus pandemic insights” – below is their description.
Bat researchers in Cambodia are on a mission to help track the origins of the pandemic by collecting samples from horseshoe bats in the country’s northern regions near Laos. Coronaviruses considered very similar to Covid-19 were found in animals in the area a decade ago, and in bats as recently as 2020. Bats have been found to carry deadly viruses including Ebola, as well coronaviruses that cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers). The eight-member research team was gathering samples from bats and logging their species, sex, age and other information in August 2021, and they will also study the role of wildlife trading as a factor in the pandemic.
Bat viruses found in Laos ‘closest known ancestors’ to pandemic strain https://sc.mp/lwbq
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In This Story: Cambodia
Cambodia, officially the Kingdom of Cambodia, is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is 181,035 square kilometres (69,898 square miles) in area, bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.
The sovereign state of Cambodia has a population of over 15 million. Buddhism is enshrined in the constitution as the official state religion, and is practised by more than 97% of the population. Cambodia’s minority groups include Vietnamese, Chinese, Chams and 30 hill tribes.
The capital and largest city is Phnom Penh. The kingdom is an elective constitutional monarchy with a monarch chosen by the Royal Council of the Throne as head of state. The head of government is the Prime Minister.
Cambodia gained independence from France in 1953. The United Nations designates Cambodia as a least developed country.
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