Monkeys attack lab worker, steal COVID-19 blood test samples

31 Mai, 2020, 16:11 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Monkeys attack lab worker, steal COVID-19 blood test samples

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Some mischievous monkeys have snatched blood samples belonging to people who tested positive to COVID-19 from a laboratory assistant.

The incident that happened at a government hospital which is based in Meerut District of the north Indian State of Uttar Pradesh has shocked the world.

The monkeys climbed the trees with the samples and threw them after chewing the packets, Baliyan added. All of a sudden, "monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples", Dr. S. K. Garg, a top official at the college, told Reuters. These were blood samples that are taken from Covid-19 patients during routine treatment.

Two pet cats and a pet dog in the USA have also tested positive for the coronavirus, which they likely contracted from contact with people, Time reported.

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For the time being, at least, "No evidence has been found that the monkeys can get the infection", according to Garg.

The virus is believed to have jumped from animals into people in a wildlife market in the Chinese city of Wuhan late a year ago.

Some people in the area are also anxious that the monkeys are becoming more aggressive due to hunger, since they are no longer being fed by humans, according to Sky News. The reason is the destruction of their natural foci due to increased urban development.

The animals raced into a residential neighborhood in the city of Meerut, leading to fears among residents that the incident will lead to the further spread of the virus. Law enforcement officials said that while the animals are not caught.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a strict three-week lockdown in the country - which has a population of 1.3 billion people - on March 24. Uttar Pradesh has more than 7,000 cases.

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