The European Commission has published a document with Questions and Answers on COVID-19 and farmed and domestic animals. The paper states that there is “no scientific evidence indicating that livestock can be infected with SARS-CoV-2. Furthermore, preliminary findings from studies suggest that poultry and pigs are not susceptible to SARS-CoV-2.” There is also “no report of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus to animals via consumption of pet food.”
Under the Temporary Framework, the Commission has again approved several State aid schemes that were launched by Member States to support their economies:
- an €8 billion Austrian scheme to compensate companies for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak;
- a Dutch guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak;
- a €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak;
- a €2.2 billion Polish subsidised loan scheme for large enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak.