Coronavirus: Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for Covid-19
A four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The tiger, named Nadia, is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected with Covid-19 in the US.
The Bronx Zoo, in New York City, says the test result was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa.
Nadia, along with six other big cats, is thought to have been infected by an asymptomatic zoo keeper.
The cats started showing symptoms, including a dry cough, late last month after exposure to the employee, who has not been identified.
"This is the first time that any of us know of anywhere in the world that a person infected the animal and the animal got sick," Paul Calle, the chief veterinarian at the zoo, told Reuters news agency on Sunday.
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Nadia’s sister, two Siberian tigers, and three African lions have also had coughs and a loss of appetite, though they have not been tested. The zoo has the seven cats under veterinary care and expects them to recover.
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"The prime minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery," a spokesman from his office said in an emailed statement.
"He is in extremely good spirits."
As many public spaces throughout Europe empty out—with citizens only leaving home for essential groceries or medication—life in Sweden is carrying on, mostly as usual. Children walk to school while adults meet up for dinner at their local bar. Only the vulnerable have been advised to isolate and some are working from home.
Sweden has a relatively high case fatality rate: 7.68% of the Swedes who have tested positive for COVID-19 have then died of the virus. Neighboring countries, like Norway and Denmark, have case fatality rates of 1.46% and 3.85% respectively. (The U.S. case fatality rate is 3.21%.) While Sweden’s elevated case fatality rate could be a result of its low testing rates compared to its neighbors, experts say Sweden’s laissez-faire approach could also be to blame.
Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist overseeing the government’s response to COVID-19 has said the government should allow the virus to spread slowly through the population, an approach initially employed by the United Kingdom and the Netherlands before both countries rapidly changed strategy amid mounting evidence that this approach would still overburden health care systems. Tegnell told Swedish TV on April 5 that COVID-19 could be stopped by “herd immunity or a combination of immunity and vaccination.
Carina King, an infectious diseases epidemiologist, agrees that the government’s lack of transparency makes it “really hard to give proper scientific thoughts on their approach because they haven’t released their science.” She added that the government has made no concrete efforts to test, contact trace and quarantine—as South Korea did—which is standard protocol to stop localized spread at the beginning of an outbreak.
Russia has claimed to have conducted over one million tests after moving swiftly to insulate themselves from the virus early in the pandemic.
In a signal that the Kremlin is expecting a hike in cases, the country's defence ministry is building 18 coronavirus hospitals.
An army of 10,000 construction labourers have been working round the clock in recent days to build the £92million clinic in Moscow, the largest new hospital in the nation
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Coronavirus: German zoo may have to feed animals to each other
Zoos that should have been crowded in the sunny Easter holidays are now hard-up and asking for donations, as the coronavirus lockdown bites.
A zoo director in northern Germany has even admitted that some animals might soon have to be fed to others, if the zoo is to survive.
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Belgium will start to loosen its coronavirus restrictions starting on May 4, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès said at a press conference Friday.
Certain shops that sell fabric and some companies will be allowed to reopen if they are able to respect social distancing, she said. Outdoor sports without physical contact will be allowed. The wearing of face masks will be mandatory on public transport.
In a second phase, starting from May 11, all shops will reopen under conditions that are yet to be determined.
The government hopes to gradually reopen schools as part of a third phase on May 18. For primary and secondary schools, classes will resume for a maximum of three grades, with small groups. Priority will be given to the first and second years of primary school, as well as the last years of secondary school. Kindergartens will remain closed until at least the end of May.
In the phase starting June 8, the government will consider the gradual reopening of restaurants and “in a more distant timeframe,” the reopening of bars.
About 95% of Covid-19 deaths in elderly care homes haven’t been diagnosed, yet Belgium makes the decision to register them based on the symptoms shown and who the people have been in contact with. The goal is to get a clearer picture of the outbreak and better target hot spots.
In Belgium, just over 300 people normally die every day, but this year, it’s jumped to nearly 600.
According to Belgian officials, the reason for the grisly figures isn’t overwhelmed hospitals -- 43% of intensive-care beds were vacant even at the peak of the crisis -- but the country’s bureaucratic rigor.
France: When the country reported data from some nursing homes for the first time in early April, those fatalities were almost double the number of people that died in hospitals.
Last week, Spain had to adjust its historical data after Catalonia started including people who had symptoms but didn’t test positive. This week a local radio broadcaster reported that more than 6,800 elderly died in Spanish nursing homes with symptoms but weren’t recorded in official data.