A gang of monkeys “grabbed and fled” with coronavirus-infected blood samples after attacking a laboratory technician in India, government have stated.
The assault passed off when the technician used to be strolling within the campus of a state-run clinical faculty in Meerut, 460 km (285 miles) north of Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh state.
Government stated they weren’t transparent if the monkeys had spilled the blood samples, however other people dwelling close to the leafy campus feared additional unfold of the virus if the monkeys carried the samples into residential spaces.
Dr S.Ok. Garg, a most sensible reliable on the faculty, stated: “Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of 4 COVID-19 sufferers who’re present process remedy … we needed to take their blood samples once more.”
He added it used to be no longer transparent if the monkeys may contract the coronavirus in the event that they got here into touch with contaminated blood.
The virus is thought to have jumped from animals into other people in a natural world marketplace within the Chinese language town of Wuhan overdue closing 12 months.
India has had 165,799 instances of the coronavirus and four,706 deaths.
Monkeys were an increasing number of straying into human settlements in India and inflicting disturbances, even attacking other people.
Environmentalists say the destruction of herbal habitat is the principle reason why the animals transfer into city spaces searching for meals.