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COVID-19 – Two lions test positive in Safari park in India

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By Abba Gwale

As COVID-19 ravages India hard in recent days, two lions at a safari park have tested positive for the virus.

The country has experienced an upsurge in the coronavirus pandemic to the extent that hospitals are struggling to meet up with the excessive increase of Covid-19 patients.

Last week Wednesday, the country recorded up to 3,780 Covid-19 deaths, which was the highest single-day death toll.

According to reports, animals have also been affected by the virus as two lions at the safari park tested positive for the virus.

According to the local officials at Etawah Safari Park in the Indian State Uttar Pradesh, both the lions were discovered to have high temperature and their samples were sent for testing but both infected lions were in stable condition and they’re currently in self-isolation with their health being monitored regularly.

This is not the first time that lions have been tested positive for the virus, earlier this week, eight lions at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad, India had tested positive for the virus.

Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had pointed out that experience showed that zoo animals have been tested for Covid-19 across the world.

It further said there is no factual evidence that animals can transmit the disease to humans any further.

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