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On Tuesday (May 4), eight Asian lions in the indigenous zoo contracted the coronavirus and the government said that there was no evidence for the disease to be passed on to humans by animals.

Zoo authorities in the Hyderabad southern state submitted samples on March 24, following signs of air distress with the lions.

Covid-19 Positive Lions
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“Based on experience with zoo animals elsewhere in the world that have experienced SARS-COV2 positive last year, there is no factual evidence that animals can transmit the disease to humans any further,” the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said.
The results of the test are in the midst of a huge rise in human coronavirus infections.
Now, it said in a statement that the Nehru Zoological Park has been closed.

In India, there have been over 300,000 Covid 19 infections per day in 13 straight days and 20 million cases, the world’s second largest after the United States, have now been recorded.

Source: Reuters

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