There is no evidence of transmission back into humans after several hamsters at a pet store in Hong Kong tested positive for Covid-19.
A man walks past a pet shop where an employee and a customer tested positive for Covid-19 after handling hamsters.
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The South China Morning Post reported that the order was made after samples from 11 hamsters and two employees at a pet store returned positive for Covid-19.
The sale and import of small animals into Hong Kong has been stopped after positive tests.
Customers who purchased hamsters from the store after January 7 will have to hand over their pets to the authorities.
Other hamster owners have been told not to kiss their pets or abandon them on the streets.
City officials acknowledged that there was no evidence that pets could transmit the disease to their owners, but they decided to kill them.
In late 2020, the Danes ordered the slaughter of 17 million mink, which are susceptible to the coronaviruses. Fears that the virus could be transmitted back into humans and become more dangerous were the reason for this. A study in the U.S. found the presence of Covid-19 in white-tailed deer. It was feared that America's 38 million white-tailed deer could be a permanent source of the coronaviruses. Several large cats, including tigers and lions, have tested positive for Covid-19.
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Two former flight attendants were arrested by Hong Kong police for allegedly breaking the city's isolation rules for people with suspected infections. The two attendants, who were positive for Covid-19, arrived from the U.S. on December 24 and 25. The authorities did not name the employer of the two crew members who were fired.
Hong Kong will kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get Covid-19.
The South China Morning Post reported that 2,000 hamsters would be culled over fears of first animal-to-human transmission in Hong Kong.
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