A German Shepherd has tested positive for coronavirus making it the second dog to contract COVID-19, it has been claimed.
The pooch is likely to have contracted the virus from its owner in the Pok Fu Lam-area of Hong Kong, and not the other way around, according to TMZ.
The World Organization for Animal Health and the CDC have stated there's no evidence that house pets like cats and dogs can spread the virus.
They have urged pet owners to stop abandoning their animals out of fear.
The German shepherd has been quarantined along with another mixed-breed dog from the same home.
According to the the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the other dog has not tested positive.
Both of the dogs have not shown any symptoms of COVID-19.
The AFCD will continue monitoring the dogs, to make sure their conditions don’t worsen.
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The apparent second positive test comes just days after it was claimed the first known dog tested positive, a 17-year-old Pomeranian.
It was reported the Pomeranian died in Hong Kong after returning from quarantine.
The dog tested weak positive and was old, so animal welfare experts said the 17-year-old Pomeranian may have died from stress or natural causes and not from COVID-19.
This comes as Britain announced that pubs, gyms, leisure centres, restaurants, cafes and cinemas will close across Britain to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had avoided ordering establishments to close even as the number of COVID-19 cases in the UK climbed to 3,269.
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