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Animals at coronavirus risk: Indian zoos put on high alert, to be under 24X7 monitoring

The news of a coronavirus positive tiger in New York’s Bronx Zoo has sent shivers in India with the government issuing an advisory for animal safety against the deadly disease. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Monday advised Zoos in the country to remain on high alert, watch animals on a 24X7 basis, using CCTV for any abnormal behavior/symptoms. According to the advisory, the keepers/handlers should not be allowed in the vicinity without safety gear preferably PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Sick animals will have to be isolated and quarantined, the advisory said, adding that there should be the least contact while feeding animals. 

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