Task Force to be set up to prevent Human and Animal transmission of COVID-19

The Indian Government is taking precautionary steps after it was learnt that COVID-19 infects animals as well. Recently a Malayan tiger in the zoo of New York was reported to have infected with COVID-19.

Highlights

India is taking precautionary step to prevent Animal and Human transmission of the virus in the country. The Central Government has instructed the state governments to take immediate steps to stop the spread of the virus from humans to the animals.

Steps taken

The number of staffs in the zoos, national parks, tiger reserves and sanctuaries are to be limited. A Task Force is to be set up with field managers, veterinary doctors and front-line staffs. Also, a nodal officer is to be appointed to report a “round the clock mechanism”. The GoI has also advised the animal welfares to stick to stipulations issued by the Health Ministry. This is mainly being done to restrict the movement of staffs and other local people in and around sanctuaries, national parks and tiger reserves.

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