China: A medical worker tortured a dog. With a pandemic

In Shanghai, a medical worker tortured a dog. The filming of the incident caused a heated discussion on Chinese social media. When the owner was taken to the detention center after a positive coronavirus test, the animal was supposed to be killed because he left it knowing that no one would look after the pet. Medical services were concerned that the dog could help spread SARS-CoV-2.

In a video allegedly taken by a resident of one of the neighborhoods in the Pudong district, a medical worker in a protective suit chased a dog on the street, then He strikes three times with a shovel. You can also see if the dog ever stops moving, CNN reports.

Both photos of the incident were shared on Chinese social media. In the first, you can see the corgi running after the bus that took its owner to the prison. The second photo shows a black bag with a dog in it. These photos have been repeatedly published and deleted from the network. CNN could not confirm who published it for the first time.

China News Weekly was able to talk to the dog’s owner. The man said he released the dog because he could not take care of him while in prison.

In Shanghai, it was decided this week to maintain a locking regime in which residents have been tested en masse. Those who pass the test must be isolated.

In an interview with reporters, the man explained that if the dog stayed in the apartment, he would starve to death and have a chance to find food on the streets. “It never occurred to me that they would beat the dog when we left,” he said. The dog’s owner added that he had asked the neighborhood committee for help with the dog, but that support was denied.

Articles about the incident – before censorship – have caused a heated debate on Chinese social media. Many people said that the cruelty of dogs is unnecessary. Even in China, something unbelievable has happened so far – the idea that the policy of zero tolerance for Covid-19 has gone too far.

According to CNN, international health organizations have stated in their communications that the risk of transmitting the coronavirus from animals to humans is possible, but not impossible. There is no evidence that animals have played a major role in the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Even the Chinese National Health Commission believes that there is no evidence that any person has contracted the coronavirus from an animal.

This is not the first time the animal has been killed because the pathogen is suspected of being transmitted. Three cats were killed in September and another in November. At the time, CNN reported that the reactions were mixed. Some felt sorry for their owners, while others argued that such decisions were necessary because of the pandemic.

China still has an incomparably small number of Covid-19 infections compared to other continents, especially Europe or the United States. This is the result of a “zero tolerance” policy on the application of local locks wherever SARS-CoV-2 epidemics occur. In Shanghai, the two districts were closed until recently, but as the number of infections continued to increase, it was decided to close the entire territory of the capital, which has a population of 25 million.

In addition to Shanghai, other multi-millionaire cities such as Jilin, Changchun, Xuzhou and Tangshan have recently been locked. The impact of this is felt not only by the country’s economy, but also by the population.

The zero tolerance strategy is entering a decisive phase. In the effective fight against the pandemic, it is unclear whether it can be maintained and whether it is worth maintaining at all. In Europe and the United States, after the introduction of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 and the disease of part of the population, all restrictions, even the wearing of protective masks, are lifted.

Preventing and controlling the epidemic in Shanghai is the most difficult and critical moment received Wu Qianyu, a member of the city’s health committee. As many as 38,000 people were evacuated to Shanghai to prevent the epidemic from spreading to other parts of the country. This is the largest medical operation since the beginning of the Wuhan pandemic in late 2019.

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