There are also reports of animals being COVID-19 positive from different parts of the world after humans. Animals and birds usually have coronavirus, but they do not harm them and do not enter humans under normal conditions.
A dog in Hong Kong and a cat in Belgium were found to be COVID-19 positive. These were the earliest cases when Kovid 19 was confirmed in animals. In the context of both these cases, it was said that the owners had symptoms of coronavirus and that the animals may have been affected with COVID-19 for this reason.
Coronavirus infection has also been detected in two pet cats in New York on April 23. The infection of cats is also attributed to their owners.
The most shocking case of animal infections came when a tigress, was found positive at The Bronx Zoo in New York. Now there are cases of some other animals in the same zoo.
According to National Geographic, seven more animals (lion-tigers) with symptoms have been found at the Bronx Zoo.
Bronx Zoo is closed from March 16. The zoo has also shared the report with other zoo officials to take maximum care.
Every public place is closed due to lockdown in India, but the Central Zoo Authority under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, on April 6, has also issued some necessary precautions.
The notification directs all zoos in the country to be more and more vigilant, to monitor animals 24 hours, to use CCTV cameras when any unusual behavior appears, ppe’s imperative for carers, quarantine the vulnerable and sick animal, and to have minimal contact with animals.
The notification clarifies that carnivorous mammals, especially cat species organisms, are to be kept in a close look. It has also been directed that the animal’s sample be sent to the test immediately if any apprehension is noticed.
It is mandatory for every person working in the zoo to follow the guidelines that the Government of India has issued to avoid and prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.