Soon after the world witness the first case of transmission of COVID-19 from human to animal after a four year old Malayan tiger named Nadia was the tested positive with COVID-19 at Bronx Zoo in New York City, India came in action to stop the spread of novel coronavirus from humans to animals and vice versa.Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Wildlife Division has issued an advisory to all the National parks, Sanctuaries, tiger reserves making everything possible to contain and manage COVID-19 from spreading.
In the advisory it is requested to take immediate preventive measures to stop the transmission and spread of virus from humans to animals and vice-versa. To restrict movement of people and reduce the human wildlife interface.
It is said to create a round the clock reporting mechanism with a Nodal officer for swift management and to constitute a Task Force /Rapid Action Force with Field Managers, Veterinary doctors, Frontline staff to manage the situation and enhance disease surveillance, mapping and monitoring system of the animals.
Nadia, her sister Azul, as well as two Amur tigers and three African lions also showed symptoms.