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.
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan called on citizens to strictly adhere to anti-virus protocols while celebrating Eid Al Fitr, stating that the measures were necessary to avoid a massive outbreak.
Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali was informed about the decision and he told the Muslim leaders that he would speak to the Director General of Police.
Proposed by the militants and matched by President Ashraf Ghani, the truce will grant respite for Afghans as they mark the Muslim festival with friends and family.