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Following the Corovarus outbreak in China and the soaring death rate, local authorities have warned residents to get rid of pets or face having them culled over concerns they could contract coronavirus.
The drastic step is needed to tame the spreading of the virus due to intense pressure from higher-ups to do more to tackle the menace.
Provinces and villagers across China including Hubei and in Shanxi were told to ‘consider the overall situation’ and dispose of cats and dogs immediately.
Residents in one neighbourhood in Wuhan were the outbreak started have reportedly been banned from letting animals leave their homes.
They have also been warned by officials that any spotted outside would be caught, killed and buried on the spot.
According to Animal welfare group Humane Society International (HSI), many other provinces within the region have been handed similar warning including Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Shandong, Hebei
China’s top infectious diseases expert warned pets would need to be quarantined if exposed to patients, but the World Health Organisation claims it has seen no evidence animals can catch it.