Reuters reports an incident in India: in a city of Meerut, which is 460 km north of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, a flock of monkeys attacked a healthcare provider.
As a result of the attack, which occurred right on the campus of the medical college, the monkeys pulled out tubes from the hands of a laboratory assistant with blood samples from four patients who had a positive result for the new coronavirus and disappeared with them.
What happened to the tubes is unknown. There is no evidence that monkeys can become infected with the new coronavirus. However, the city fears that people might suffer: if the monkeys again bring the test tubes to residential areas, this is fraught with the further spread of the virus.
Visits by monkeys to human settlements in India are not uncommon, and more and more often animals make disturbances and even attack people. Environmentalists believe that the main reason for this behavior is the destruction of monkeys' natural habitat, which drives them into urban areas in search of food. To date, 165,799 cases of coronavirus and 4,706 deaths have been reported in India.
In the photo - New Delhi; a monkey crosses the road at the presidential palace.