Wong Tai Sin pet hamster checks destructive for Covid

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A pet hamster which well being authorities suspected to be the Wong Tai Sin Delta cluster’s supply of an infection has cleared its title after the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Division stated it examined destructive for the virus.

Two confirmed instances and one preliminary optimistic case had been detected in Block 1 of Tropicana Gardens in Wong Tai Sin on Monday, involving unit E on three completely different flooring.  

Check outcomes present they carried the Delta variant. Certainly one of them had a hamster at house, which was bought in early December on the “I Love Rabbit” pet store in Mong Kok.

Chief Govt Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor stated yesterday that the affected person – a 26-year-old man in unit 5E – didn’t hand in a hamster to authorities or get examined regardless of growing Covid signs on January 15.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Division had earlier referred to as upon residents to give up hamsters purchased after December 22 final yr to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Division to be put down, though it’s merely recommendation, not a authorized requirement.

In the meantime, the division stated as of yesterday midday, it has acquired 104 hamsters turned in by residents. Of which, 98 of them have been put down, whereas 4 have died naturally.

It added that among the many hamsters they acquired, 102 of them had been examined for the coronavirus with all however one examined destructive for the virus.

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