A team of researchers set up a net to catch bats at the Khao Chong Pran Cave on September 12, 2020 in Ratchaburi, Thailand during a mission to understand the coronavirus’s origins. Lauren DeCicca/Getty

Coronaviruses from bats could infect 407,422 people each year, a study said.

The findings could help target areas for surveillance and stop human virus outbreaks, they said.

About 478 million people live in regions where the bats are, the researchers said.

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Viruses that are similar to the one that causes COVID-19 and are carried by bats infect hundreds of thousands of people each year, according to new research.

The study, led by scientists at US non-profit EcoAlliance, estimated an average of 407,422 people were infected annually with Severe acute respiratory

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