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Boris Johnson’s dog Dilyn believed to have caught Covid as virus swept through No10


BORIS Johnson’s rescue pup Dilyn was feared to have Covid as the virus swept through Downing Street.

The Jack Russell was not his usual chirpy self, was wheezing and refused to go for walkies.

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The PM's fiancee Carrie Symonds posted a snap of herself with rescue dog Dilyn while self-isolating in April

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The PM’s fiancee Carrie Symonds posted a snap of herself with rescue dog Dilyn while self-isolating in April
Boris Johnson’s pup is thought to have been struck down with coronavirus

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Boris Johnson’s pup is thought to have been struck down with coronavirusCredit: Alamy Live News

The scare came during the first wave of the virus in April while PM Boris was fighting for his life in intensive care.

Fiancee Carrie Symonds shared the snap of her cosying up to Dilyn while she was self-isolating, having also caught the bug that month.

A source said: “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.

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

“Fortunately, like the PM, he’s made a full recovery and is fit as a fiddle.”

The Jack Russell wasn’t his chirpy self and was refusing to go on walks

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The Jack Russell wasn’t his chirpy self and was refusing to go on walksCredit: AFP – Getty
The pooch could have picked the bug while the PM was battling the virus in April

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The pooch could have picked the bug while the PM was battling the virus in AprilCredit: AP:Associated Press

It has been found that dogs can catch Covid, but they get only mild symptoms of the illness.

Official government advice says: “There is no evidence that coronavirus passes between pet animals or that pets transmit the virus to humans.”

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