In Hong Kong, Dogs tested severally indicated weak positive signs of corona-virus even though it was not sick.
Another tested positive and died after returning from quarantine. Authorities believe that the Virus was transmitted to the dog from humans, possibly the owners who tested positive to the virus.
Also, on Friday, Belgium cat has been confirmed positive for the corona-virus after being infected by owner. It displayed signs of the Virus similar to symptoms human show as difficulty in breathing just few days after its owner contracted the virus.
The Health World Organisation, WHO has however assured that there is no substantial proof that these animals can spread the virus to humans.
Therefore there is no need in compromising the welfare of pets, but to avoid rubbing animals against ones nose, take normal precautions while maintaining social distancing as much as possible.
These include regular hand washing with soap and potable water after touching animals and animal products, as well as avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth, and avoiding contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products.
Any contact with other animals possibly living in the market (e.g., stray cats and dogs, rodents, birds, bats) should be avoided.