With fears of COVID spreading to animals, National Tiger Park to have isolation wards

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The report of a Malayan tiger testing positive for the Coronavirus in the United States has alerted the Indian authorities at the Jim Corbett National park, which is the oldest park that holds tigers. The national park has now isolation wards for animals.

At least ten quarantine zones are earmarked for the animals, the officials told the media. They said that any animals with any symptom would be quarantined. The officials have intensified aerial surveillance in the forest region.

Reports said that there was less possibility of the animals in the forest contacting any diseases. There is only a possibility of the animals getting infected if they live near populated areas having infected persons.

As part of precautionary measures, the National Tiger Conservation Authority issued a direction stating that all workers coming in contact with tigers and elephants should be tested for COVID 19.

Though no trace of the diseases was traced in the tigers or any other animals in the country, the death of 15 monkeys in Sambhal district in Uttar Pradesh led to panic. The autopsy report is awaited. However, the vets believe that the monkeys might have died of pneumonia.

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