Hamster to be reunited with proprietor after it checks unfavorable once more

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A pet hamster beforehand blamed because the supply of an infection over the Wong Tai Sin Delta cluster will hopefully reunite with its proprietor after last affirmation that it’s coronavirus-free. (Inset for illustration solely)

A pet hamster beforehand blamed because the supply of an infection over the Wong Tai Sin Delta cluster will hopefully reunite with its proprietor after last affirmation that it’s coronavirus free.  

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Division had beforehand taken away the pet hamster from a family at Block 1 of Tropicana Gardens in Wong Tai Sin, the place 4 Covid-19 circumstances have been detected.

The hamster belongs to one of many sufferers – a 26-year-old man dwelling in unit 5E of the residential block – who purchased a hamster at I Love Rabbit pet store in Mong Kok.   

The division stated on Wednesday that the hamster examined unfavorable for the coronavirus. In an additional replace, it informed The Customary that the pet will likely be returned to the proprietor after the hamster returns a second unfavorable Covid check end result.  

Chief Govt Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor blamed the hamster proprietor for not responding to authorities’ attraction to show within the hamster – which he purchased in early December final yr.  

She stated the transmission chain in Wong Tai Sin could possibly be shortened if the person had undergone Covid testing earlier realizing he was amongst these at a better threat of an infection protecting a pet hamster.  

However the man purchased the hamster earlier than December 22 – whereas the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Division requested residents to give up hamsters bought on or after December 22 final yr to be put down. The decision got here within the type of recommendation, not a authorized requirement.   

The federal government earlier introduced two batches of hamsters imported in Hong Kong from the Netherlands since December 22, together with different small animals seized on the Covid-hit pet retailers within the territory, can be killed.   

The animals can be put down no matter their check outcomes, in accordance with the division. Round 2,500 small animals have been killed as of January 21, together with some 2,000 hamsters.   

In the meantime, the division stated as of 5pm Wednesday, it has acquired 113 hamsters turned in by residents. Of which, 100 of them have been put down, whereas 4 have “died naturally.”  

It added that among the many hamsters they acquired, 104 of them have been examined for the coronavirus. One examined constructive for the virus.
 

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