More than 100 wild animals have reportedly dropped dead near the centre of the coronavirus outbreak in China.
Experts claimed that some of the animals died after being poisoned by disinfectant sprayed by workers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to state media.
A total of 135 animal bodies belonging to 17 species – including blackbirds, wild boars and weasels – were found in Chongqing, which borders Hubei Province.
Officials in China’s Chongqing city found 135 animal bodies belonging to 17 species, including blackbirds, wild boars and weasels. The creatures were poisoned by disinfectant (file photo)
Officials told the state news agency that Chongqing workers might have squirted too much disinfectant to curb the coronavirus epidemic, killing the wildlife by accident. The picture shows sanitation workers disinfect a residential compound in Bozhou on February 18
Chongqing Forestry Bureau said the animals had died in several batches, reported Xinhua.
Officials told the state news agency that workers might have squirted too much disinfectant to curb the epidemic, killing the wildlife by accident.
They stressed that none of the dead creatures were found to have novel coronavirus, bird flu or Newcastle disease, which is a highly contagious disease affecting birds worldwide.
Authorities have disposed of the animals’ bodies in environmental-friendly ways. They have also disinfected the places where the corpses were found, the report said.
The novel coronavirus has killed at least 2,249 people and infected more than 76,700 globally
More than 76,700 patients have been infected, including more than 1,000 outside of China
Over 2,200 people have now died from the killer coronavirus rapidly sweeping the world
Sanitation workers around the country have carried out deep-cleaning campaigns in public places to prevent and control the spread of the virus.
In the city of Taiyuan in Shanxi Province, officials have deployed a fleet of remote-controlled mini-tanks to spray disinfectant in residential areas.
Elsewhere, local authorities in the provinces of Jilin, Shandong and Zhejiang have enlisted drones to spray disinfectant.
Originating in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the new virus – known as COVID-19 – has infected more than 75,400 people inside China and 76,700 globally.
The Chinese government has locked down tens of millions of people in Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital city, to prevent the spread of the disease.
Disinfectant-spray mini-tanks have appeared in various neighbourhoods in Taiyuan, central China’s Shanxi Province, since February 4. They carry out sanitising works twice a day
Hubei accounts for more than 80 per cent of the confirmed cases and 95 per cent of the deaths worldwide.
Meanwhile, Iran has confirmed 13 new cases of the killer virus as well as two new deaths, bringing its total fatalities to four, the highest outside of mainland China.
Italy also announced three new cases of SARS-CoV-2 after a 38-year-old man caught it from a friend, who had recently returned from China and infected his wife and a close friend.
The man is said to be in ‘very serious condition’ and struggling to breathe in an intensive care unit.
Originating in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the new virus has infected more than 75,400 people inside China and 76,700 globally. In the picture above, a security staff member checks a passenger’s temperature at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport on January 26
Globally, the coronavirus epidemic has killed at least 2,249 people, infected more than 76,700 and spread to at least two dozen countries. A medical worker is pictured treating a patient at an isolation ward at a hospital in south-western China’s Chongqing on February 1
And cases in South Korea have soared, with investigators focusing on a church and hospital in the southern city of Daegu as clusters of infection.
Overnight, health officials from Hubei reported 631 new cases out of a nationwide total of 889 and 115 of the 118 new deaths across China.
Globally, the coronavirus epidemic has killed at least 2,249 people, infected more than 76,700 and spread to at least two dozen countries.