HONG KONG: Dozens of pet stores that offered hamsters in Hong Kong could resume business from Sunday (Jan 30), Hong Kong’s authorities stated, after being shuttered final week and 1000’s of hamsters culled over coronavirus fears.
Authorities enraged pet lovers with an order to cull more than 2,200 hamsters after tracing an outbreak to a employee in a store the place 11 hamsters examined optimistic. Imported hamsters from Holland into the Chinese territory had been cited because the supply. All hamster imports stay banned.
The metropolis’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department stated in a press release late on Saturday that it collected 1,134 samples from animals apart from hamsters together with rabbits and chinchillas, which have been all detrimental.
Five stores, together with the Little Boss pet store, which began the outbreak, remained shuttered as they’d not but “passed the virus test”, the federal government stated.
“All the other concerned pet shops on the other hand have been thoroughly disinfected and cleaned and the environmental swabs collected from these shops have all passed the COVID-19 virus test,” it stated.