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India: 8 lions test positive for COVID-19

Eight Lions have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Nehru Zoological Park in India .

According to Indian government, the animals did not show any signs that they can transfer the virus to human beings.

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According to reports, the worrying incident becomes the first ever case of Lions testing positive for the dreadful disease.

“We were told almost a week ago about lions displaying mild symptoms. After we conducted RT-PCR tests, it was confirmed that eight of them are positive. We also did genome sequencing to find out if the strain came from human beings. The report suggests that the virus might have first infected the animals’ caregivers and was later transmitted to the lions,” the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) director Rakesh Mishra told The New Indian Express.

Reports indicate that the Nehru Zoological Park (NZP) has been closed to visitors owing to the fact that two dazen staffer tested positive for coronavirus.

The first case of animals getting infected by Covid-19 was first noted Bronx Zoo in New York, US in April 2020 where a four-year-old female tiger ‘Nadia’ and six others tested positive.

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It was reported that the animals were infected by a zookeeper who had the virus.

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