Coronavirus not detected in bats and other animals in Singapore so far

A photo from April 30, 2018, showing the lesser false vampire bat. The National Parks Board received 139 bat-related reports between Jan 1 and Feb 19 this year.
A photo from April 30, 2018, showing the lesser false vampire bat. The National Parks Board received 139 bat-related reports between Jan 1 and Feb 19 this year.PHOTO: MARCUS CHUA

SINGAPORE - Since the global outbreak of Covid-19 started about two months ago, the authorities and a wildlife rescue group in Singapore have been receiving more bat-related reports than usual.

But though preliminary studies show that the virus causing the disease likely originated in bats, there is no need to panic if you encounter one - just observe it from a distance and do not get too close, say experts interviewed by The Straits Times.

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