Captive lion in Singapore recovers after coronavirus infection; Singapore Zoo reopen its African lion exhibit


The lion prides at the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari have been recovering in their dens away from public. - AFP

SINGAPORE, Nov 27 (dpa): Singapore Zoo is to reopened its African lion exhibit on Saturday after a lion that tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month was deemed "fully recovered" by officials.

“The lions have fully recovered after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Nov 9, 2021,” a Mandai Wildlife Group spokesperson said on Friday (No v 26).

Four Asiatic lions infected around the same time in a nearby safari park remain in quarantine in their dens but are said to be "recovering well," according to Mandai Wildlife Reserve.

The big cats seemingly caught the virus after exposure to staff at the wildlife park and zoo.

All 14 lions at the zoo and wildlife park were quarantined and the exhibits closed to visitors.

The Asiatic lion exhibit has been closed since Nov 7, while the African lion exhibit was closed on Nov 9.

Meanwhile, The infected workers have since recovered and are back on duty, according to Singapore's Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS).

The outbreak among the cats came as Singapore's Health Ministry had been reporting record numbers of virus-linked deaths and cases.

Over 600 of the city-state's 681 pandemic fatalities have come over the past 2 months, with almost 200,000 of the near-260,000 cumulative cases confirmed since the start of September.

Singapore on Friday followed Britain and others in banning travel from several African countries over the reported emergence of another strain of the virus. - dpa

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