Authorities ordered a poorly pet cat into quarantine after it tested positive for coronavirus during a visit to the vets.
Humans across the world have been facing the daily reality of self-isolation and social distancing for the past few months after the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the globe.
But now it has been reported that Russia has imposed quarantine on a cat for the first time.
The ill feline was diagnosed after its owner took the animal to a veterinary clinic in Moscow, RT reports. Nikolai Vlasov, deputy head of Russia’s national vet service, said the cat tested positive after being tested with nose and throat swabs.
The cat was sent home, with the owner ordered to keep the pet indoors at their place of residence.
Despite the quarantine, Mr Vlasov insisted no further measures were necessary as there was no scientific evidence the cat could transmit Covid-19 to humans, which he described as an "epidemiological dead end". He added: “Now, there is no reason to take measures concerning either domestic or wild animals that could jeopardize their well-being and health, or may have a negative impact on biodiversity.
A scientific study published by the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this month suggested that cats can infect each other with coronavirus, but it is unlikely that they would get sick.
All felines examined as part of the study had tested clear of the virus within six days.