HONG KONG — In their relentless drive to eliminate the coronavirus, authorities in China and Hong Kong have zeroed in on new targets: international mail and hamsters. Faced with persistent outbreaks that have threatened to undermine Beijing’s strict Covid-19 strategy and overshadow next month’s Winter Olympics, officials turned to new measures this week that have drawn doubts and dismay from local residents and experts alike.Residents in Beijing and other cities have been urged to beware of items sent from abroad, after officials said the capital’s first case of the more transmissible omicron variant may have arrived via a parcel from Canada. The State Post Bureau also said it had ordered stronger measures to disinfect items mailed from overseas.Meanwhile, an estimated 2,000 hamsters and other small animals are being culled in Hong Kong over what officials say may be the Chinese territory’s first case of animal-to-human transmission, drawing outrage from pet owners and animal welfare groups. Marshmallow the hamster plays in a cage before being dropped off at an animal management center Wednesday in the Sha Tin area of Hong Kong.Bertha Wang / AFP – Getty ImagesThe moves come despite doubts among health experts that the virus can be transmitted via packaging. The


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