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Queen Elizabeth II's dorgi Vulcan has passed away
Queen Elizabeth II's dorgi Vulcan has passed away
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Queen Elizabeth II has lost her dorgi – a mix between a corgi and a dachshund – Vulcan, leaving her with just one dog. The dog died at Windsor Castle where the Queen has been staying during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Helsinki airport tests usage of sniffer dogs to detect Covid-19
Archive picture from 2017
Archive picture from 2017 Credit: / CDC

In a pilot scheme four trained sniffer dogs have started working at Helsinki airport to detect Covid-19 infected passengers.

During preliminary university tests the dogs were able to identify the virus with almost 100% accuracy, even days before patients developed symptoms.

Dogs taught to recognize smell of Covid-19 infections
Dogs taught to recognize smell of Covid-19 infections
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In a pilot study by the University of Helsinki, researchers have taught dogs to pick up on the smell of Covid-19 infections. According to the study, it took only a few weeks until the first dogs were able to distinguish urine samples from Covid-19 patients from the urine of healthy individuals. As a next step, a randomized, double-blind study with a larger scale of samples will be prepared.

Regional News • Asia • China
Shenzhen announces plans to ban sale and consumption of cat and dog meat

The new law will put into place starting on May 1st. Shenzhen will be the first city in the country to enact such ban and does so after the coronavirus pandemic was linked to the consumption of wildlife animals by scientists. The cities government sai, according to Reuters, that "Dogs and cats as pets have established a much closer relationship with humans than all other animals" and that consumption ban is a common practice in developed countries.