Monkeys have robbed a caregiver near New Delhi and seized samples of serological tests for the COVID-19, prompting fears that the primates, who engaged frequently in the looting, do not contribute to the spread of the new coronavirus.
The monkeys are taken from three samples this week in Meerut, near New Delhi, before running away and climbing on nearby trees. One of them chewed through his loot.
But the samples, discovered later, have not been damaged, said Friday to AFP the director of the faculty of medicine of Meerut Dheeraj Raj, after pictures of the flight have become viral on the social networks.
“They were still intact, and we do not believe that there is a risk of contamination or spread,” said Mr Raj.
The three persons whose blood samples have been stolen by the monkeys have undergone the new tests.
The new coronavirus has been detected in animals, although the risk of transmission from animal to humans is not confirmed.
The indian authorities are constantly faced with the problem of monkey thieves who steal food or even mobile phones.
In many rural areas, the farmers, whose crops were pillaged by bands of monkeys, have requested the intervention of the local authorities to control their population.
The municipal authorities of New Delhi have had to resort to monkeys, langurs and long-tail to face and fend off other monkeys, smaller, on the outskirts of the indian parliament.
In India 175 new deaths Codiv-19 were recorded in 24 hours, bringing Friday’s death toll to a total of 4706, according to official figures.
India, a country very vulnerable to the spread of the novel coronavirus with its megacities crowded and inadequate public health system, has registered record numbers of new cases in the last few days.