Surrendered Hong Kong hamster tests positive for Covid as cull continues

1/23/2022 6:28:00 PM

Surrendered Hong Kong hamster tests positive for Covid as cull continues

Hong Kong, Coronavirus

Surrendered Hong Kong hamster tests positive for Covid as cull continues

The case is the first involving a hamster in the care of an owner following pet shop outbreak

A police officer stands guard outside a pet store closed after hamsters tested positive for Covid-19.34 Shares Some 2,000 hamsters were ordered to be ‘disposed of’ (Pictures: China News Service via Getty Images) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam defended a mass cull of hamsters as she warned that Covid-19 infections could be growing exponentially in a residential section of the city.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.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.

Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP A police officer stands guard outside a pet store closed after hamsters tested positive for Covid-19. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP Sun 23 Jan 2022 13. Soon after, health workers in hazmat suits were seen walking out of pet shops around the city carrying red plastic bags into their vans.41 GMT Last modified on Sun 23 Jan 2022 13. Hong Kong pursues a "zero-Covid" strategy to eliminate the disease.57 GMT A hamster surrendered to authorities by its owners has tested positive for Covid-19 and more than 2,200 hamsters have been culled, as the city grapples to contain an outbreak of the virus. Scientists around the world as well as health and veterinary authorities in the city have all said there is no evidence that animals play a major role in transmitting the virus to humans. On Tuesday officials ordered the killing of hamsters from dozens of pet shops after tracing a Covid-19 outbreak to a worker and asked people to surrender any of the animals bought on or after 22 December. The Asian financial hub has some of the world's tightest coronavirus rules as it follows mainland China's tough zero-Covid policies.

While a handful of hamsters had already tested positive for the virus, this case is the first involving a hamster in the care of a pet owner that has tested positive. Ms Lam has now urged people to avoid gatherings ahead of next week’s Lunar New Year following an outbreak of the highly-infectious Omicron variant in Kwai Chung. "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. Despite a public outcry against the crackdown , authorities urged people to continue to hand over their pets given the growing health risks. “[The government] strongly advises members of the public again to surrender … as soon as possible their hamsters purchased in local pet shops on or after 22 December 2021 for humane dispatch,” the government said.’ Local media reports on Saturday said that officials were considering tighter city-wide restrictions but none have yet been confirmed. Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, earlier said she understood that pet owners were “unhappy” with the killings, but said the biggest priority was controlling the outbreak. "I understand that pet owners are unhappy. The government described the outcry as “irrational”.’ Public broadcaster RTHK said some hamster owners were seen handing over their animals at a government facility, while groups swiftly formed on social media to find new owners for unwanted pets..

Thousands of people have offered to adopt unwanted hamsters. Some scientists and veterinary authorities have said there is no evidence that animals play a large role in human coronavirus contagion. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam defended the cull (Picture: China News Service via Getty Images) The 29-year-old said three young owners were pressured by their families to get rid of their hamsters even though they all owned them for months. the biggest public interest is to control the pandemic," she said. Meanwhile, officials have said Covid-19 infections could be growing exponentially in the congested residential area of Kwai Chung on the Kowloon peninsula as a second building in the district with 2,000 residents was locked down on Saturday for five days. More than 35,000 residents in more than a dozen buildings in the area were ordered to take Covid-19 tests, and Lam visited the area on Sunday.’ Bowie one of those who volunteered in the group, took on two new hamsters on top of the three he already had. She urged people to avoid gatherings before next week’s lunar new year celebrations, to try to contain the Omicron variant. Thousands of people have signed a petition against the move, and thousands more have offered on social media to save the pets. Thousands of people have signed a petition against the move, and thousands more have offered on social media to save the pets.

The situation is testing Hong Kong’s “zero Covid” strategy focused on eliminating the disease, with schools and gyms already shut, restaurants closing at 6pm and many major travel hubs severely disrupted. Animals’ life is also life. Some companies have begun to enact contingency measures. UBS Group said in a note to its Hong Kong staff that it had “decided to move to work-from-home operations for all except a minimum number of staff who have essential tasks to be completed in the office” given the outbreak.’ City officials collect samples at a pet store (Picture: China News Service via Getty Images) The local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), which runs veterinary clinics, said ‘numerous’ worried pet owners have been contacting them for advice. A UBS spokesperson declined to comment on the memo. On Friday officials shut down the first Kwai Chung building after more than 20 cases were linked to it, with food being delivered from outside three times a day and mass testing now under way. The SPCA listed ways to maintain strict personal hygiene for the safety of humans and animals, including never to kiss, cough at or snort near pets, and washing hands after handling them.

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A police officer stands guard outside a pet store closed after hamsters tested positive for Covid-19.34 Shares Some 2,000 hamsters were ordered to be ‘disposed of’ (Pictures: China News Service via Getty Images) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam defended a mass cull of hamsters as she warned that Covid-19 infections could be growing exponentially in a residential section of the city.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.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.

Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP A police officer stands guard outside a pet store closed after hamsters tested positive for Covid-19. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP Sun 23 Jan 2022 13. Soon after, health workers in hazmat suits were seen walking out of pet shops around the city carrying red plastic bags into their vans.41 GMT Last modified on Sun 23 Jan 2022 13. Hong Kong pursues a "zero-Covid" strategy to eliminate the disease.57 GMT A hamster surrendered to authorities by its owners has tested positive for Covid-19 and more than 2,200 hamsters have been culled, as the city grapples to contain an outbreak of the virus. Scientists around the world as well as health and veterinary authorities in the city have all said there is no evidence that animals play a major role in transmitting the virus to humans. On Tuesday officials ordered the killing of hamsters from dozens of pet shops after tracing a Covid-19 outbreak to a worker and asked people to surrender any of the animals bought on or after 22 December. The Asian financial hub has some of the world's tightest coronavirus rules as it follows mainland China's tough zero-Covid policies.

While a handful of hamsters had already tested positive for the virus, this case is the first involving a hamster in the care of a pet owner that has tested positive. Ms Lam has now urged people to avoid gatherings ahead of next week’s Lunar New Year following an outbreak of the highly-infectious Omicron variant in Kwai Chung. "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. Despite a public outcry against the crackdown , authorities urged people to continue to hand over their pets given the growing health risks. “[The government] strongly advises members of the public again to surrender … as soon as possible their hamsters purchased in local pet shops on or after 22 December 2021 for humane dispatch,” the government said.’ Local media reports on Saturday said that officials were considering tighter city-wide restrictions but none have yet been confirmed. Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, earlier said she understood that pet owners were “unhappy” with the killings, but said the biggest priority was controlling the outbreak. "I understand that pet owners are unhappy. The government described the outcry as “irrational”.’ Public broadcaster RTHK said some hamster owners were seen handing over their animals at a government facility, while groups swiftly formed on social media to find new owners for unwanted pets..

Thousands of people have offered to adopt unwanted hamsters. Some scientists and veterinary authorities have said there is no evidence that animals play a large role in human coronavirus contagion. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam defended the cull (Picture: China News Service via Getty Images) The 29-year-old said three young owners were pressured by their families to get rid of their hamsters even though they all owned them for months. the biggest public interest is to control the pandemic," she said. Meanwhile, officials have said Covid-19 infections could be growing exponentially in the congested residential area of Kwai Chung on the Kowloon peninsula as a second building in the district with 2,000 residents was locked down on Saturday for five days. More than 35,000 residents in more than a dozen buildings in the area were ordered to take Covid-19 tests, and Lam visited the area on Sunday.’ Bowie one of those who volunteered in the group, took on two new hamsters on top of the three he already had. She urged people to avoid gatherings before next week’s lunar new year celebrations, to try to contain the Omicron variant. Thousands of people have signed a petition against the move, and thousands more have offered on social media to save the pets. Thousands of people have signed a petition against the move, and thousands more have offered on social media to save the pets.

The situation is testing Hong Kong’s “zero Covid” strategy focused on eliminating the disease, with schools and gyms already shut, restaurants closing at 6pm and many major travel hubs severely disrupted. Animals’ life is also life. Some companies have begun to enact contingency measures. UBS Group said in a note to its Hong Kong staff that it had “decided to move to work-from-home operations for all except a minimum number of staff who have essential tasks to be completed in the office” given the outbreak.’ City officials collect samples at a pet store (Picture: China News Service via Getty Images) The local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), which runs veterinary clinics, said ‘numerous’ worried pet owners have been contacting them for advice. A UBS spokesperson declined to comment on the memo. On Friday officials shut down the first Kwai Chung building after more than 20 cases were linked to it, with food being delivered from outside three times a day and mass testing now under way. The SPCA listed ways to maintain strict personal hygiene for the safety of humans and animals, including never to kiss, cough at or snort near pets, and washing hands after handling them.

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