Lions in many Indian cities have COVID-19

Two lions at Etawah Safari Park (Uttar Pradesh, Northern India) have been confirmed to have COVID-19, after a similar case was reported in the state of Telangana.

According to the CNNTwo lions were tested after having symptoms of a high fever.

The situation of the two lions is still stable. They are quarantined and monitored for regular health.

Earlier this week, at least eight lions at Nehru Zoo (city of Hyderabad, state of Telangana) were confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2.

The Indian Veterinary Service says there is no evidence that animals can transmit COVID-19 to humans.

Etawah Safari Park was closed some time ago due to a spike in COVID-19 cases across Uttar Pradesh state.

Entrance to Etawah Safari Park. Photo: CNN

India is currently facing the second wave of COVID-19 outbreaks, with the number of new cases per day for the past two weeks consistently above 300,000.

India’s Ministry of Health on May 8, said that the country had recorded an additional 4,187 cases of death because COVID-19 in just 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to nearly 240,000 cases.

An additional 401,078 new cases were reported, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in India to 21.9 million.


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