Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19
A pet store is closed after some pet hamsters were, authorities said, tested positive for the coronavirus, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Hong Kong Authorities announced on Tuesday that they will kill over 2,000 small-animals, including hamsters, after an employee was infected with COVID-19. The city also intends to stop selling hamsters and importing small animals. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, animals do not have a significant role in spreading the disease with Minks being the only known animal to have spread it to people. Despite this, Hong Kong refuses to reject the possibility that the shopkeeper was infected by hamsters. Those who ordered hamsters from the store are being required to enter quarantine and hand the hamsters over to authorities to be put down.
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