New Delhi: Animals at two mink farms in the Netherlands have tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 just a few days after tigers and lions tested positive for the virus at New York’s Bronx Zoo in the US.
The Dutch ministry of agriculture said on Sunday that it is assumed that those are human-to-animal infections as some staff at the two farms had displayed symptoms of the disease earlier.
As a precaution, authorities are closing roads within 400 metres of the affected farms in North Brabant, which is the Dutch region hit the hardest by the novel coronavirus.
The minks in Netherlands are not the first animals infected with the coronavirus. The findings come after positive tests in two pet cats in US and in some tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo, adding to a small number of confirmed cases of the virus in animals worldwide.