» 2019-nCoV coronavirus known as 'relative'. The results of the coronavirus classification have been published

2019-nCoV coronavirus known as 'relative'. The results of the coronavirus classification have been published

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An international coronavirus research team, led by Moscow State University professor Alexander Gorbalen and his staff, has published the results of a 2019-nCoV temporary virus classification.

According to a statement posted on the website of Moscow State University after Lomonosov, specialists have created a modern virus classification. According to research, a new strain of coronavirus has been identified as "relative" to SARS-CoV acute respiratory syndrome and has been named SARS-CoV-2. The results are published in the journal Nature Microbiology.

The SARS-CoV virus caused the outbreak of respiratory diseases in 2002-2003.

Scientists have emphasized that the classification of new viruses is based on their genetic association with known viruses. Currently, 39 species of coronavirus are known.

It is also noted that the SARS-CoV-2 virus emerged independently of the SARS-CoV spread in 2002-2003.

According to the latest World Health Organization data, COVID-19 has more than 3,300 deaths worldwide, with more than 90,000 people infected. The virus has spread to 72 countries.