An Iraqi man feeds stray cat on an empty street amid coronavirus pandemic.
Gulf Today Report
A team of Chinese researchers has revealed that cats can pass coronavirus to other cats.
Researchers from Harbin Veterinary Research Institute found that cats are susceptible to contracting COVID-19 but no other animals such as dogs and chicken.
Also, there is no direct evidence that cats would be able to infect their owners, said the researchers.
"We investigated the susceptibility of ferrets and animals in close contact with humans to SARS-CoV-2. We found that SARS-CoV-2 replicates poorly in dogs, pigs, chickens, and ducks, but efficiently in ferrets and cats," said the researchers.
They found that the virus transmits in cats via respiratory droplets.
"Our study provides important insights into the animal reservoirs of SARS-CoV-2 and animal management for COVID-19 control,” the authors said.
The study comes after a cat in Belgium tested positive for the coronavirus last week, after catching the coronavirus from an infected owner.
Shenzhen has become the first Chinese city to ban the sale and consumption of dogs and cats, a move that comes after the coronavirus outbreak was linked to wildlife meat, prompting authorities to ban the trade and eating of wild animals.
Authorities in Shenzhen said that "dogs and cats as pets have established a much closer relationship with humans than all other animals", adding that the ban "also responds to the demand and spirit of human civilization".
Last month, a Pomeranian dog who was declared coronavirus free after being quarantined at a government facility in Hong Kong and sent home after testing negative died, although it was not clear whether COVID-19 killed the animal.
The city could become the first in China to declare cat and dog meat illegal if the proposition passes with public support.
The first thing that all people, not just pet parents need to understand is that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has clearly stated that there is no evidence of animals, including dogs and cats, spreading the Covid-19 virus.
Researchers have discovered four new species of African leaf-nosed bats - cousins of the horseshoe bats that are believed to have served as hosts of the virus that caused COVID-19.
Lengthy pandemic school closures have cost students trillions of dollars in lifetime earnings, the World Bank and UN agencies said on Monday, warning that the crisis has worsened since last year.
The Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a post on its official account on Facebook: “With high professionalism and extensive intelligence work, the Federal Intelligence and Investigation Agency in the Ministry of Interior continues to perform its duties, as it was able to uncover a mysterious murder of a burnt and charred man of unknown identity and features, lying on the edge of a river in Al-Haritha district, Basra Governorate.”
Khawla Abdul Rahman Bin Hadda confirmed that the scholarship programmes for outstanding Emirati male and female students come within the framework of the directives of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, to support outstanding students, especially national service graduates.
Prof. Sarah Gilbert, one of the scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, is warning that the next pandemic may more contagious and more lethal unless more money is devoted to research and preparations to fight emerging viral threats.