Boris Johnson’s dog was ‘wheezing’ amid fears he had Covid when virus swept No10

Boris Johnson’s poor rescue pup was ‘wheezing’ and refusing to go on walks as Covid-19 tore through Downing Street in the first wave of the pandemic.

The Jack Russell, Dilyn, was feared to have contracted the virus after his started acting out of the ordinary.

Dilyn was not his usual chirpy self and was refusing to go on his usual walkies, according to reports.

The scare came back in April when his owner Boris was fighting for his life in intensive care.

Boris’ fiancee, Carrie Symonds, had posted a pic of her snuggling up to Dilyn while she was self-isolating, having also contracted the disease at the same time.

Ms Symonds and Health Secretary Matt Hancock were among those in the PM's inner circle to contract the virus.

A source told The Sun: “It’s well known that the virus did the rounds through Downing Street, but it appears to have affected little Dilyn too.

"He wasn’t tested so we can’t be sure, but around the same time as Carrie came down with it he was very lethargic, tired and didn’t hop about as much.

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“Looking back, it’s pretty likely he had it.”

Scientists believe that coronavirus originated from an animal, most likely from a bat.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there is little evidence that animals play a “significant role” in spreading the disease.

But a small number of dogs and pet cats have been reported to have been infected with the disease globally.

Data from studies suggest that dogs can get infected but might not spread the virus to other four legged friends.

A recent study, which is yet to be reviewed, found that walking a dog may increase the risk of catching coronavirus by 78%, however it is not yet known if participants leaving their homes would be at the same risk.

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