As per the report, the images have revealed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus closely resembles the MERS-CoV virus responsible for the Middle East respiratory syndrome.
Following gene sequencing at NIV Pune it was found that the virus is 99.8 per cent identical to the one which emerged in Wuhan.
In order to produce the image the team led by Dr Basu used centrifugation to remove debris from the sample. The virus particle is 75 nano metre long and shows patchy stain pooling on the surface and a distinct envelope projection which ends in a round glycoprotein spike on the viral surface.
Incidentally these spikes only bind to specific receptors on the host cell.