Coronavirus updates: Dog tests positive for Covid-19 in Hong Kong

Dogs wearing masks are seen in a stroller in Shanghai on February 19, 2020. - The death toll from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped past 2,000 on February 19 after 136 more people died, with the number of new cases falling for a second straight day, according to the National Health Commission. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Information reaching us at Checkout Magazine has it that a Dog has been diagnosed with having coronavirus after catching it from its owner in Hong Kong.

Following the diagnosis, the dog now confirmed to be positive to the disease is being kept in quarantine.

Owner Yvonne Chow Hau Yee took her dog to a vet in the Happy Valley area of the city.

The results showed that the dog tested weak positive to the virus and it had not shown any symptoms. Officials at the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department ordered for the dog to be kept at Hong Kong’s only quarantine facility where its condition will be monitored and it will continue to be tested.

The AFCD said in a statement that it ‘does not have evidence that pet animals can be infected with Covid-19 virus or can be a source of infection to people’. Pet owners were being reminded to get into the habit of washing their hands after touching their pets.

It is believed to be the first case of a pet catching the virus.

Mainland China reported 327 new cases and 44 deaths in the 24 hours to Friday morning, according to the country’s National Health Commission.

The update brings China’s total number of cases to 78,824 and deaths to 2,788, while more than 3,600 infections have been reported outside China.

The global count of those afflicted with the virus hovered around 82,000.



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