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A Chinese city ordered all indoor pets belonging to COVID-19 patients in one neighborhood to be killed.

The Anci District of Langfang city, in northern China, on Wednesday ordered the “complete culling of indoor animals” of coronavirus patients, the state-run China News Service reported. The work had stopped by 5 p.m. local time Wednesday, the China News Service reported, citing a staff member for the Langfang Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It is not clear how many animals were killed.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that pets can get COVID-19 from humans but that the risk of pets spreading the disease to people was “low.”

Hebei province, where Langfang is located, recorded hundreds of new daily COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, China’s CDC reported.