New Delhi: Zoos across the country are advised to remain on high alert in the wake of recent news that a tiger was infected with COVID-19 in New York, US. The Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change has issued an advisory to take immediate preventive measures to contain the spread of the virus in national parks/ sanctuaries/ tiger reserves and also transmission of the virus from humans to animals and vice-versa.
The advisory has asked the chief wildlife wardens of all states/UTs to reduce human-wildlife interaction and restrict the movement of people in such places.
It asked to constitute a task force/rapid action force with field managers, veterinary doctors, frontline staff. Also, to create a round the clock reporting mechanism to see if any cases are noticed and to enhance disease surveillance, mapping and monitoring system through coordinated effort.
Further, the advisory suggested for setting up essential services for emergency treatment of animals and their safe release back to their natural habitats, as and when required, and take other possible steps to control and report the action taken to the ministry.