Taipei deputy mayor wants pets quarantined with their owners

No conclusive evidence yet that animals can be infected by coronavirus: Reports

Taipei Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan (left) 

Taipei Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan (left)  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — If a pet owner has to stay in quarantine due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the pet should also stay at home, Taipei Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan (黃珊珊) said Saturday (Feb. 29).

There have been conflicting reports about whether or not animals can be infected with the virus. Recent reports from Hong Kong said a dog was diagnosed as a slight positive for the virus, but experts added animals would not be able to infect humans.

After a regular city government meeting to discuss the latest developments, Huang told reporters that pets should be quarantined together with their masters and should not be let out during the 14-day period, according to CNA.

The number of coronavirus patients in Taiwan rose by five to 39 Saturday, according to a news conference by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). One of the new infected individuals had visited Dubai and Egypt, while the four others formed part of a hospital outbreak, as they had been working at the north Taiwan hospital where case No. 34 was staying.