Pets of patients infected with Coronavirus are being killed in China. The government is doing this as part of its strict ‘zero tolerance’ strategy regarding the virus. Officials have said that this is being done to prevent the virus from spreading. But this inhuman rule has created resentment among animal lovers in the country. China is currently battling a new wave of Corona. There is little evidence that pets can be infected with the virus. But several cats and dogs have reportedly been killed while their owners are being treated.
A Chengdu resident claimed on social media platform Jiaohongshu that she was taken to quarantine, while her cats were killed during this time. In September, a woman living in the northeast city of Harbin said in a post on China’s Twitter called Weibo that three of her cats were killed by community workers because she herself had become corona infected. His cats were also later found infected. The alleged killers told that there is no treatment available for the animals and their only option is to kill them. Cats can further spread the infection.
Infection spread by cats doesn’t seem real
However, the opinion of experts is quite different and they have criticized the incident. He says that there is very little evidence of the role of animals in spreading the virus. Rachel Tarlinton, professor of virology at the University of Nottingham, said it doesn’t seem very realistic that cats would spread the virus into the environment and infect their owners. He said that there is usually no risk of spreading the virus from the surface. Animal lovers agree with this and they have also raised their voice against this strategy of the government on social media.
What is COVID Zero Tolerance Policy?
In China’s COVID Zero Tolerance, local governments are conducting large-scale testing to deal with any regional outbreaks. Apart from this, contact tracing is being done and partial lockdown is being imposed. In most areas the infection is being stopped. According to the New York Times report, a quarantine period of 56 days has been set for international travelers in Shenyang, China. It is being called the world’s strictest quarantine rule. This means that the traveler will have to first stay in the hotel for at least 28 days and then imprison himself in the house for 28 days.
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