The Indian city of Delhi is on full alert after primates escaped a laboratory involved in Covid-19 research.
Shockingly, it is understood that one of the primates was later spotted up in a tree, chewing on one of the sample collection kits.
A troop of monkeys had earlier attacked a laboratory technician carrying Covid-19 test samples of patients on the Meerut Medical College premises in Delhi India. They snatched and ran away with test samples belonging to three patients.
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A troop of monkeys attacked a lab technician carrying COVID-19 test samples in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut district. One of the monkeys was spotted atop a tree chewing COVID-19 test samples.
Zveřejnil(a) Mirror Now dne Pátek 29. května 2020
While they have proved an increasing problem in urban areas of the country in recent years, lockdown measures in the last two months have emboldened the monkeys.
Reports have previously emerged of the primates causing chaos in Delhi, snatching food and mobile telephones, breaking into homes and terrorising people in and around the Indian capital.
They have colonised areas around the city’s parliament and the sites of key ministries, from the prime minister’s office to the finance and defence ministries, scaring both civil servants and the public.
Twitter users quickly compared the incident to science fiction stories such as Planet of the Apes and 28 Days Later, in which monkey test subjects release a virus that wipes out most of humanity.
“And now we’re living the prequel to Planet of the Apes,” one user tweeted. “2020 just keeps on giving.”
“Can’t figure out if we’re living in Contagion, 28 Days Later or Planet of the Apes now,” added user Charles Arthur.