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Coronavirus blamed on bat soup as pics emerge of people eating the Chinese delicacy (Video)


Chinese scientists have blamed the deadly coronavirus on bats and pictures have emerged of Wuhan residents eating soup made from the animals.

Experts suggested bats could "host" the virus in a paper published to the China Science Bulletin on Tuesday and admitted the pneumonia-like virus was "underestimated" by the research community.

China has confirmed over 500 cases of the disease in the country and has since quarantined Wuhan as the Coronavirus continues to spread.


It is not yet clear how the virus has spread between humans and bats but scientists believe “there may be an unknown intermediate”.

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But Daily Star Online can reveal the "unknown" link may be be bat soup which is an unusual but widely consumed Chinese delicacy in the Wuhan province.


Footage of the potentially lethal soup emerged on social media earlier this week.

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In one clip, a girl can be seen putting a black bat into her mouth with a pair of chopsticks as she sits down for dinner with friends.


On a separate occasion a Wuhan resident took a picture of a dead bat grinning at the camera before eating the creature.

Photo source via China Press.

The animal’s cooked insides can be seen in the disturbing image, with parts of the broth floating inside its stomach, along with its teeth.


In a statement released to the South China Morning Post scientists said: "The Wuhan coronavirus’ natural host could be bats … but between bats and humans there may be an unknown intermediate."

Photo source via China Press.

News of the bat soup comes as the Foreign Office warned Brits not to travel to Wuhan amid fears of a global outbreak.


Figures suggest 552 cases have been confirmed in the country across 22 different provinces.

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Actual figures are likely to be much higher, with leading Virologists suggesting billions could be at risk.


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Some rich people have even purchased 2,000 bats to eat, which brings light on how easily the coronavirus was able to spread among humans.


As of now, China has confirmed 571 cases of the virus and 17 deaths. We really hope scientists and experts will find a way to stop this virus from spreading further.


In the meantime, be safe out there, guys!

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