A dog tested positive for coronavirus in Jordan for the first time in the country, the official Jordan News Agency confirmed on Friday.
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The owner – a foreign investor residing in the al-Ramtha area to the north of the capital Amman – had attempted to ship the dog by plane to his wife but the dog was found to be infected with the virus.
Dogs and other animals that may test positive for COVID-19 are not a major source of transmission to humans, the National Committee for Epidemics spokesman, Dr. Nazir Obeidat said, according to the new agency.
Authorities have, however, isolated the owner’s home as a precautionary measure amid the outbreak. The owner and his neighbor are both in quarantine until their COVID-19 tests are processed.
Jordan has been battling spike in the number of positive cases throughout the country and reported 279 new cases on Thursday, its highest daily increase since the virus was first detected in March. A total of 4,131 cases and 26 deaths have been confirmed as of September 17.
Authorities have implemented several measures in an effort to curb the outbreak, including a quarantine requirement for international travelers arriving in the Jordan as well as the suspension of schools for two weeks. Restaurants, mosques and churches have also been shut down for a two-week period which started on September 17.