Toronto: As the world continues to deal with the threat of coronavirus, scientists are trying their best to find a cure to halt the spread of the deadly virus, which has killed more than 4800 people globally.

In this quest, a team of Canadian researchers have claimed to have isolated coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) which is responsible for the spread of COVID-19. The isolation of the virus by researchers has now raised hopes for a cure for COVID-19. Also Read - BCCI Suspends IPL 2020 Till April 15 in Wake of Coronavirus Pandemic

What’s interesting to note is that an Indian-origin researcher Dr Arinjay Banerjee is also a part of this team from Sunnybrook, McMaster University and the University of Toronto. Also Read - SAARC Nations Should Come Together to Fight Coronavirus, Tweets PM Modi

Dr Banerjee is a postdoctoral research fellow at McMaster UnUniversity, Canada and his chosen field is ‘understanding host-pathogen interactions and the emergence of novel pathogens from wildlife.

“Now that we have isolated the SARS-CoV-2 virus, we can share this with other researchers and continue this teamwork. The more viruses that are made available in this way, the more we can learn, collaborate and share,” Dr Banerjee said.

Highlighting the significance of their work, he said: “You can’t validate anything without a virus.”

Ecstatic about his contribution to the pathbreaking research, Banerjee said he always told his friends, “When I grow up, I want to be a guy who gets called in if there’s an outbreak.”

He added, “What’s happening with the outbreak is sad, but I’m glad I can contribute to the process of understanding this and controlling this outbreak.”

Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has quarantined himself as his wife Sophie tested positive for COVID-19. India too reported its first death due to coronavirus on Thursday as the number of positive cases soared to 75, with authorities taking emergency measures to contain its spread like shutting down schools, colleges and cinema halls in the national capital and some other places.

(With IANS inputs)