'Increasing evidence' shows animals can catch coronavirus from humans and could pass it on, say scientists

Some 10,000 farmed minks were killed in the Netherlands last month due to fears they had spread the disease to people, although only a small number of the animals showed symptoms. “More laboratory experiments on small numbers of animals are unlikely to give us the evidence needed to be confident that certain species are entirely safe, making major surveillance work the only real option here.” A study in the New England Journal of Medicine last month said cats can readily become infected with SARS-CoV-2 and may be able to pass the virus to other cats.