In an effort to control a new surge in COVID-19 cases, a Chinese city has taken a drastic step. China has been highly motivated to attain a zero-COVID status. They have been experiencing a new wave of COVID-19 with Hong Kong reporting thousands of new cases. With this wave has come extensive lockdowns and warehouse closures.
In an effort to squash the spread of the virus, Langfang, a northern city in China, gave a shocking order to the COVID patients of the Anci neighborhood. They ordered that any and all domesticated indoor animals in the homes of positive COVID-19 patients would be euthanized. By 5 p.m. that same day, the work had been stopped due to citizen outcry.
The US Center for Disease Control has stated that while pets can contract COVID-19 from humans, the chance of these pets spreading it back to humans is low. This isn’t the first time China has ordered the death of animals due to COVID. In January, Hong Kong organized the deaths of 2,500 hamsters in fear of them spreading the virus.