- On Friday it was announced that a troop of monkeys stole COVID-19 infected blood from a lab technician at Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College
- The monkeys have not been caught but officials have claimed there is no evidence that monkeys can catch COVID-19 through infected blood
- A video recorded by the lab technician shows one of the monkeys chewing on what appears to be a medical glove
- The lab technician was sent a show cause for a lapse in duty and recording the incident instead of immediately notifying authorities
Without a doubt, 2020 is one of the strangest years ever witnessed by mankind. On Friday, keeping with the “what in the actual fuck” vibe of 2020, news broke that a troop of monkeys stole COVID-19 infected blood from a lab technician in India.
Unfortunately, this is not a satire story. The incident occurred at the government-run Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College in Uttar Pradesh. A video of one of the monkeys was taken by the lab technician after the robbery and shared on social media. The monkeys reportedly took the blood samples along with other medical items. The monkey in the video appears to be chewing on a medical glove.
Residents in Uttar Pradesh are concerned the monkey could raise the level of COVID-19 transmission. There have been over 7,000 cases reported in Uttar Pradesh to date. Chief Superintendant Dr. Dheeraj Balyan confirmed the incident did occur to India Today TV. According to Balyan, the monkeys have not been caught. Balyan also said monkeys in the area have been involved in similar incidents in the past.
S. K. Garg, Principal at Lala Lajpat Rai, told The Indian EXPRESS “The samples that were snatched are not testing samples which comprise throat and tongue swab.” Garg went on to write, “These were blood samples that are taken from coronavirus patients during routine treatment.” Garg also said there is no evidence that monkeys or other animals can catch SARS-CoV-2 from contact with infected blood.
The lab technician has been sent a show cause for a lapse in duty and for recording the video instead of informing authorities. Authorities with the medical college have asked the technician to provide a written testimony explaining how he was overpowered by a monkey and why he decided to record the monkey instead of immediately notifying hospital officials.