A government official in South Korea has announced that cats and dogs will also be tested for symptoms of the corona virus.
The announcement in South Korea comes after a kitten in the southeastern city of Jinju reported a human being infected with the corona virus.
The animal tests will be performed by a team of health workers, including a veterinarian, near the animal’s home, a city government disease control official told a press briefing.
“Only cats and dogs have symptoms, and most pets have no symptoms,” he added. If the test is positive, the animal will have to be quarantined at home for 14 days, as there are fears that the virus could be transmitted from pets to humans.
If pet owners with symptoms are unable to care, such animals will be taken to a city government facility in West Seoul for quarantine.
South Korean government officials have announced that their pets should be kept at least 2 meters away from people and other pets while walking and strictly follow safety measures.