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Eight lions in Indian zoo check constructive for COVID-19

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NEW DELHI: Eight Asiatic lions at an Indian zoo have contracted the coronavirus, the federal government mentioned on Tuesday (Might 4), including that there was no proof that animals may transmit the illness to people.

Zoo authorities within the southern state of Hyderabad shared samples with a authorities analysis laboratory on Mar 24 after the lions confirmed indicators of respiratory misery.

The check outcomes come amid an enormous surge in coronavirus infections amongst people in India.

READ: India COVID-19 cases soar past 20 million: Official data

“Primarily based on expertise with zoo animals elsewhere on the earth which have skilled SARS-COV2 constructive final yr, there is no such thing as a factual proof that animals can transmit the illness to people any additional,” the Ministry of Setting, Forest and Local weather Change mentioned.

The Nehru Zoological Park has now been closed, it mentioned in a press release.

India has reported greater than 300,000 each day COVID-19 infections for 13 straight days and has now recorded 20 million instances of the illness, the second highest quantity on the earth after america.

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