Indian authorities said that a group of monkeys attacked a health worker and stole blood samples from patients who were found to be infected with the Coronavirus.
The attack occurred when a technician at a laboratory was walking on the campus of a government medical college in Meerut, 460 km north of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.
Dr. SK said. Garg official, the monkeys kidnapped the blood samples of four of Covid-19 patients who are undergoing treatment and provided them … we will have to take other blood samples from them.
The authorities indicated that it was not clear if the monkeys had spilled blood samples, but residents who live near the campus fear further virus outbreaks if the monkeys carry the samples to residential areas.
Garg said it was not clear if monkeys could be infected with the Coruna virus due to contaminated blood.
There is no evidence that monkeys can become infected, he added.
India has recorded 165,799 cases and 4,706 deaths from the Coronavirus.
The infiltration of monkeys into residential areas in India increases inconvenience and even attacks people, and environmental experts say the destruction of natural habitats is the main reason for animals to crawl into residential areas in search of food.