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Covid-19 India: Eight Asiatic lions test positive for SARS-COV2 at Hyderabad zoo

Eight Asiatic lions at an Indian zoo contracted the coronavirus, zoo officials said, adding that there was no evidence that animals could transmit the disease to humans.

Zoo authorities in the southern city of Hyderabad shared samples with a government research laboratory on March 24 after the lions showed signs of respiratory distress.

The test results come amid a huge surge in coronavirus infections among humans in India.

“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 Nehru Zoological Park was ordered to close in view of the rising cases of COVID-19.