Lions at Singapore Night Safari park test positive for COVID-19

12:00, 10 November 2021
Lions at Singapore Night Safari park test positive for COVID-19

Four lions at the Singapore wildlife park have tested positive for COVID-19 as the animals have been coughing and sneezing, the Animal and Veterinary Service of Singapore reported on Wednesday.

It’s been reported that the sick animals were isolated from others. In total, the park contains nine Asian and five African lions. According to preliminary information, the animals contracted COVID-19 from one of the zoo keepers.

"We expect that the lions will make a full recovery with minor supportive treatment," Sonja Luz, from Mandai Wildlife Group, who works at the park, said.

The Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari park remain open, although the lion’s department  has been temporarily closed.

Singapore reported 3,397 new COVID-19 cases, including 169 from dormitories for migrant workers while the total number of cases has increased to 2,24,200 with 523 fatal cases.

On Tuesday the Minister of Health Ong Ye Kung announced that Singapore will not pay medical bills for the treatment of COVID-19 for those who chose not to get vaccinated from December 8.

The Singapore Ministry of Health informed that more than 85% of the country's population were fully vaccinated, and 18% have received booster shots.