Pet cats and dogs in the capital city of South Korea will be tested for Covid-19 if they show symptoms, the Seoul metropolitan government has said.
This comes a few weeks after the country reported its first Covid-19 case in an animal – a kitten.
Only pets which show symptoms like fever or breathing difficulties after being exposed to human carriers of the virus will be tested.
The pet must quarantine at home if it tests positive for the virus. It is not necessary for the pet to be sent into an isolation facility as there is no evidence Covid-19 can be spread between humans and pets, said Park Yoo-mi, a disease control official at a virtual press briefing.