Nine hamsters test positive for COVID - 19 in Hong Kong

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Nine hamsters test positive for COVID - 19 in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, January 23, ANI Nine hamster samples have tested positive for COVID - 19 in Hong Kong, according to local media.

Around 2,600 small animals seized by Hong Kong's animal authorities have been tested positive for the virus, nine of which have been tested positive, according to Hong Kong Free Press on Saturday.

Health authorities suspect that the city's quickly spiralling COVID 19 outbreak may be linked to hamster shipments from the Netherlands, after five women who visited hamster shops or purchased hamsters between January 4 and 11 became infected, according to the Hong Kong Free Press.

According to the World Health Organization WHO, the risk of animal-to-human transmission is low, while low authorities have cited the need to protect public health.