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‘Samples Taken Away by Monkeys do Not Include COVID-19 Swab Test Samples’: Meerut Medical College Principle Clarifies

WATCH: After panic grips Meerut, K Garg, Principal, Meerut Medical College clarifies that the sample stolen by monkeys do not include COVID-19 swab test samples

Published: May 29, 2020 6:23 PM IST

By Trending Desk | Edited by Zarafshan Shiraz

SK Garg, Principal, Meerut Medical College clarifies that blood samples taken by monkeys do not include the COVID-19 swab test samples
SK Garg, Principal, Meerut Medical College clarifies that blood samples taken by monkeys do not include the COVID-19 swab test samples (Photo Courtesy: Twitter)

In a shocking incident of careless handling of blood samples, a laboratory technician in Meerut Medical College was allegedly attacked by a group of monkeys who ran away after snatching three samples suspected to be of COVID-19 patients. As panic gripped the city residents in Uttar Pradesh, K Garg, Principal, Meerut Medical College clarified that the lost samples did not include COVID-19 swab test samples.

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In an interview to ANI UP, Garg was asked about the video of the monkeys that had gone viral on social media after they ran away with the blood samples. “The samples taken away by the monkeys were blood samples. The lab technician who was attacked said that it did not include COVID-19 swab test samples,” Garg shared.

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When asked whether the samples were being taken for the test or had been tested already, Garg said, “They were being taken for test but not for corona test. They were for the other routine tests that we do of corona patients. The blood samples taken were for this purpose.”

Finally, Garg was asked if the samples were being taken loose or in a box. He replied hesistantly, “The technician might be taking them in a box. No, look, blood samples are not taken in a box. Corona samples are taken in a box.”

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 video captured on Friday 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 made locals afraid.

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Published Date: May 29, 2020 6:23 PM IST