According to the state-run China News Service (CNS), officials in Anci district in the northern city of Langfang ordered the "complete culling of indoor animals" that belonged to COVID-19 patients. The order issued on April 6 immediately took effect.
Citing a staff member from the Langfang Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CNS reported that the work of culling pets of COVID patients ended by 5 p.m. on the same day. It is not clear how many animals were killed following the mandate from district officials.
The Chinese CDC reported that the northern Hebei province, where Langfang is located, saw hundreds of new daily COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.
But according to the U.S. CDC, while pets can contract SARS-CoV-2 from humans – the risk of pets spreading the pathogen was low. It added that pets that show symptoms usually have a mild illness that can be addressed with home care. (Related: Medical deep state now wants to vaccinate your pets for coronavirus.)
"The risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is low. Pets infected with this virus may or may not get sick. Of the pets that have gotten sick, most only had mild illness and fully recovered. Serious illness in pets is extremely rare," said the American public health agency.
The draconian mandate to kill pets of COVID-19 patients appears to line up with Beijing's zero-COVID policy, which has been in effect since the pandemic began. Aside from Langfang, the eastern port city of Shanghai has also been subjected to tyrannical health protocols to curb COVID-19 infections. Half of the city's population of approximately 26 million had been locked down following thousands of new cases. The other half is set to undergo a lockdown on April 8.
Health authorities in Shanghai have also taken the central government's zero-COVID stance a step further – by separately isolating children who test positive for COVID-19 from their parents.
Wu Qianyu of the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission confirmed the policy on April 4, explaining that "if the child is younger than seven years old, [they] will receive treatment in a public health center. For older children or teenagers, we are mainly isolating them in centralized [quarantine] places."
As per Beijing's zero-COVID policy, anybody who returns a positive COVID-19 test result must be isolated from non-infected individuals – even if they show mild symptoms or none at all.
The Epoch Times also reported that Shanghainese law enforcers have resorted to beating residents who breach lockdown restrictions.
One footage that went viral on Chinese social media showed at least eight people wearing protective suits – with six of them said to be police officers – repeatedly punching and kicking a young resident in the Songjiang district's Lianyang community. The victim is seen burying his head in his hands while being beaten.
Another video that went viral featured a pandemic prevention worker wearing a protective suit pushing another resident to the ground. The worker then stomped on the victim's head and repeatedly kicked him in the back. The second footage purportedly taken in the town of Chedun, also located in the Songjiang district, was later deleted.
An officer from a local police station in the eastern post city did not confirm or deny the beating incident in Lianyang to the Epoch Times, adding that all inquiries should be directed to the city's public security bureau.
The officer remarked: "The pandemic prevention is the top priority [in Shanghai], everything else is less important. What's the point of reporting the negative side of such an issue?"
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