Panic triggered in Meerut In what comes as the most bizarre of all incidences of these COVID crisis times, a troop of monkeys attacked a lab technician who was carrying some suspected coronavirus samples in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut and reportedly snatched three such samples and ran away.
Doctors at Meerut Medical College were reported as saying by India Today that monkeys are serial offenders and such incidences have taken place in the past as well.
The video of the incident, which took place in the campus of Meerut Medical College, has since gone viral.
In the video that has gone viral, one of the monkeys could be seen sitting on a tree and munching over the sample collection kit. Parts of some kits were later on spotted on the ground under the tree.
After the monkey snatched away the sample kits from the lab technician, doctors reportedly took fresh samples from the three people suspected of having contracted the novel coronavirus.
On being asked by the media, Meerut district magistrate Anil Dhingra said that he hasn’t seen any such video but would initiate an inquiry into the matter.
Later on, the Principal of Meerut Medical College, where the bizarre incidence took place, refuted the claims of the samples snatched by the Monkeys being the one with COVID contagion.
“Samples taken away by monkeys do not include COVID19 swab test samples,” SK Hard, Principal, Meerut Medical College told the news agency ANI.
Animals are reportedly not immune to COVID-19 infection. In the recent past, there have been reports from all over the world of dogs and kittens having contracted novel coronavirus. Earlier in March, in a New York zoo, a tigress had reportedly contracted the Coronavirus, compelling the zoo authorities all over the world to place high the precautions inside the zoo premises so as to prevent the contagion infection in the animals.