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Services of New Territories South Animal Management Centre of AFCD resumed as normal
     The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) today (September 19) announced that services of the New Territories South Animal Management Centre (NTSAMC) would resume as normal starting from Monday (September 21).

     A spokesman for the AFCD said, "In light of the latest developments of COVID-19, no more pet animals are under quarantine or veterinary monitoring with the AFCD at present. Therefore, there is no need to keep the NTSAMC as an extra facility for pet animals related to COVID-19 cases. All animals originally kept in the NTSAMC are gradually being transferred back to the Centre for follow-up."

     The animal keeping facility at the Hong Kong Port of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will still be used for quarantine and veterinary monitoring for animals tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in future.

     The AFCD spokesman reminded pet owners to adopt good hygiene practices (including hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing them) and to maintain a clean and hygienic household environment. People who are sick should restrict contact with animals. If any changes in the health condition of the pets are spotted, advice from a veterinarian should be sought as soon as possible.

     The spokesman emphasised that currently there is no evidence that pets are playing a role in the spread of human infection with the COVID-19. Pet owners should always maintain good hygiene practices and under no circumstances should they abandon their pets. 
Ends/Saturday, September 19, 2020
Issued at HKT 20:33
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