Meerut: Panic ensued in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut on Friday after monkeys reportedly attacked a laboratory technician who was carrying blood samples of suspected COVID-19 patients. The monkeys than ran away after snatching three samples. Also Read - Panic After 200 Bats Found Dead in Bihar Village, Swab Samples Sent to Patna For Testing
The incident happened on the Meerut Medical College premises where the medics had collected samples for testing from three persons, who were suspected to be infected by Covid-19.
The incident was captured on the video which shows one of the monkeys chewing the sample collection kits on top of a tree. Parts of those kits were then seen lying strewn on the ground, which has now made locals afraid.
They are scared about the spread of COVID-19 as the monkeys carried the test samples to nearby residential areas. Watch the video here:
Later, SK Garg, Principal, Meerut Medical College clarified that the monkeys only took the blood samples and not the Covid-19 swab samples.
“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,” he added.
Garg further said it was not clear if the monkeys could contract the coronavirus if they came into contact with infected blood.