8 lions tested positive for Covid, first such case in India.


source: Times of India.


Out of the 12 lions in the 40-acre safari area, four males and four females have tested positive.


The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology on April 29 told the NZP that the RT-PCR tests of the eight lions had come out positive for coronavirus.


"It is true that the lions showed COVID symptoms but I'm yet to receive the RT-PCR reports from the CCMB and hence it will not be proper to comment. The lions are doing well," said Dr Kukrety.

The doctors have neither confirmed nor denied this news. The management has advised the veterinarians to take their samples. Oropharyngeal (part of the pharynx between the soft palate and the hyoid bone) swab samples of the lions were then sent to the CCMB in Hyderabad.

This case of lions triggered the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to issue a detailed advisory on April 30 to chief wildlife wardens asking them to shut down all national parks, sanctuaries, and tigers reserves over fears of transmission from humans to animals. The NZP closed to the public for two days. Recently 25 park staff had also tested positive for COVID-19. "It is possible it might have come from the zoo-keepers or caretakers," the sources reported

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