COVID-19 has made people do crazy things.
From drinking vodka and whiskey to “wash away” the coronavirus to self-diagnosing just by holding your breath for 10 seconds, we’ve heard them all.
But animals doing crazy things—this is a first.
Monkeys Attacked Medical Official & Snatched Away COVID-19 Blood Samples in India
In case you’re not aware, monkeys can get aggressive when they see food.
This is why you see this sign in places with monkeys, like at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
But for some reason, a troop of monkeys have mistaken COVID-19 blood samples as food.
The authorities in Lucknow, India, reported today that a troop of monkeys attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of four patients who have been tested positive for COVID-19.
When a laboratory technician was walking in the campus of a medical college, minding his own business, the monkeys suddenly hulkified and attacked the technician, and went off with the blood samples.
Dr S. K. Garg, a top official at the college, said, “Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment … we had to take their blood samples again.”
And now, people living near the campus are now afraid that they might carry the samples into the residential area.
Imagine a report like this:
Case 166877 is infected by monkeys carrying COVID-19 blood samples.
Though it’s unclear if the coronavirus can be spread via blood, though.
But what if the monkeys drink the blood, thinking that it’s rose syrup?
So far, there’s been no evidence that monkeys could contract COVID-19 yet.
Situation in India (Monkeys and COVID-19)
There have been more monkeys in urban areas in India and they’ve been causing disturbances, and have even attacked people like what those coronavirus-loving monkeys have done.
It’s said that the increase in wild monkeys in human settlements could be due to the destruction of natural habitat, which led to monkeys moving into urban areas in search for food. They must be sad to see that no people are on the streets nowadays.
In India, there are now 165,799 confirmed cases and 4,706 deaths.
The graph of India’s COVID-19 new cases doesn’t look promising as it’s an upward trend since late March, without any flattening of the curve:
The whole country has been on lockdown since 25 March 2020, and after three extensions, the country is set to reopen on 31 May 2020—two days from now. If there’s no new extension, that is
It’d be a waste if they reported a new cluster because of…irresponsible monkeys.
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