Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam defends Covid hamster cull

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam defends Covid hamster cull

1/22/2022 6:19:00 PM

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam defends Covid hamster cull

Carrie Lam says the priority is to control the rise in cases partly caused by an outbreak in pet hamsters.

The secret rescue network to evade hamster Covid cullHong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned that Covid-19 infections could be growing exponentially in one part of the city and more cases spreading due to an outbreak in pet hamsters.Earlier this week, authorities ordered a hamster cull following the outbreak.

The spate of Delta cases had been linked to a pet shop worker which prompted officials to test hamsters, with some found positive.Hong Kong pursues a "zero-Covid" strategy to eliminate the disease.Ms Lam urged people to avoid gatherings ahead of next week's Lunar New Year as the territory also tackles an outbreak of the Omicron variant.

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Goes without saying, that’s why she’s where she is. Any animal could carry the virus, is that is what is being inferred? Kill all animals now and we go vegan! Cook them until the juices run clear Pets? I thought they ate them. Bellends of tbe highest order!! RonnyTong do something god damn you! hamsterlivesmatter

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Media caption, The secret rescue network to evade hamster Covid cull Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned that Covid-19 infections could be growing exponentially in one part of the city and more cases spreading due to an outbreak in pet hamsters. Earlier this week, authorities ordered a hamster cull following the outbreak. The spate of Delta cases had been linked to a pet shop worker which prompted officials to test hamsters, with some found positive. Hong Kong pursues a "zero-Covid" strategy to eliminate the disease. Ms Lam urged people to avoid gatherings ahead of next week's Lunar New Year as the territory also tackles an outbreak of the Omicron variant. The Asian financial hub has some of the world's tightest coronavirus rules as it follows mainland China's tough zero-Covid policies. "We are worried that the exponential growth of cases that we have seen in other parts of the world is now happening in Kwai Chung," she is quoted as saying by Reuters news agency. Kwai Chung is a highly-populated residential area north of the city's Kowloon peninsula. Image source, Getty Images Image caption, The outbreak was linked to an employee of this pet shop in the Causeway Bay area She said cases involving the Delta variant were also rising because of the hamster outbreak. "I understand that pet owners are unhappy... the biggest public interest is to control the pandemic," she said. Some 2,000 hamsters and other small mammals are set to be culled because of the outbreak linked to the pet shop. Officials say it may be an example of animal-to-human Covid transmission. Thousands of people have signed a petition against the move, and thousands more have offered on social media to save the pets.