Hong Kong to kill 2,000 hamsters to fight coronavirus after delta infection

Hong Kong to kill 2,000 hamsters amid coronavirus outbreak After 11 delta cases were found, fears of animal-to-human transmission.

On Jan 18, Hong Kong authorities warned residents against kissing pets. It plans to kill more than 2,000 hamsters and other small mammals after 11 of them tested positive for the coronavirus.

The movement occurred after Hong Kong sees COVID-19 outbreak In Little Boss Pet Shop Employees Three people in Causeway Bay and it is assumed that the infection is from the pet shop.

Officials have tested the animal’s pets imported from the Netherlands. The hamsters, rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs and 11 hamsters were found to be infected, prompting the authorities to order the elimination of these animals to prevent the spread of COVID-19. from animal to person They ordered the extermination of hamsters and small mammals from Little Boss. and 34 other pet shops across the island, totaling more than 2,000 pets.

It also announced a temporary ban on the sale and import of small mammals from abroad. And customers who have bought pets from the aforementioned shop since December 22, 64 must send the animal to the disposal staff as well.

However, although animals can be infected with COVID-19 from humans, there is no evidence that humans can be infected with COVID-19. from pets The decision caused great dissatisfaction amongst Hong Kong’s animal lovers. More than 14,000 people have signed against the order so far.

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