- Business Insider 22:42February 21, 2020More than 100 wild animals died from poisoning in a mass die-off seemingly triggered by coronavirus disinfectantSTR/AFP via Getty Images More than 100 wild animals were found dead in a Chinese megacity and tests show that they were poisoned by the disinfectant that's being used to combat the coronavirus.
At least 17 species of animals, including wild boar, weasels, and blackbirds, were affected by the mass die-off.
Nanchong Stray Animal Rescue claims that authorities are killing domesticated animals outright amid fears that they can spread the coronavirus.
Animal activists shared distressing footage on Weibo: bloodied animals, a man hitting a dog with a stick, and an officer poking a lifeless dog.
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Amid a scramble to control the spread of COVID-19, Chinese authorities believe, based on samples and tests, that at least 135 wild animals were poisoned by disinfectants being used to curb the illness, United Press International said based on reports from China's state-owned news agency Xinhua.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: The reason some men go bald, according to a dermatologistSee Also:The coronavirus death toll has reached 2,250, with more than 76,000 infected. Here's everything we know about the outbreak.We combed through dozens of new studies on the coronavirus. The research suggests 80% of cases are mild, but the epidemic could 'rebound.'The biggest breakdown yet of novel coronavirus cases suggests that 80% are mild. Some patients never show symptoms.
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