|Videos of the trip with dogs and belongings all piled on went viral on the TikTok social media app. "I didn't want to believe that really happened… I couldn't do anything to protect my kids," he said, referring to his dogs. (Photo by=PHAM MINH HUNG)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] As Covid infections spike, a Vietnamese couple left Long An province on a motorbike along with their pack of pet dogs, BBC reported. They later tested positive for Covid-19. From their hospital beds, they found out 12 of their pets had been killed by authorities over fears the animals could spread the virus. "My wife and I cried so much that we couldn't sleep," Pham Minh Hung, a 49-year-old bricklayer told the BBC.
A harsh lockdown in recent months has meant many migrant workers have been unable to make a living, prompting at least a million to flee big cities. Pham Minh Hung and Nguyen Thi Chi Em, 35, were among them. On 8 October they embarked on a 280km (173 mile) journey along with their dogs and three relatives, who also brought three dogs and one cat. The couple headed for Khanh Hung in Ca Mau province, the hometown of a relative, as Covid cases are not as high there. Their story, documented on social media app TikTok, has sparked huge backlash in Vietnam, and a petition calling for an end to the practice has gathered more than 150,000 signatures.
The latest wave of Covid-19 has been the worst to hit Vietnam since the start of the pandemic.
The killings were "unethical" and "ridiculous" because there are no guidelines dictating pets must be killed if owners are infected, said Nguyen Hong Vu, a staff scientist of the City of Hope National Medical Centre in the US.