'28 Days Later' Just Became Real After Monkeys Escape From Lab With COVID-19 Blood Test Samples

After discovering monkeys have escaped with COVID-19 test samples, people think the pandemic is starting to resemble the movies 28 Days Later and Contagion.

The monkeys attacked a lab assistant before escaping with COVID-19 blood test samples in Dehli, India, as reported by the Times of India. One monkey was spotted sitting in a tree chewing on the sample collection kit, as locals said they feared the further spread of infection.

While people first compared the coronavirus pandemic to the 2011 movie Contagion, in which a virus originating from a bat ends up infecting people in China, before spreading globally, it may now resemble another disaster movie.

One Twitter user said: "Dudes be like 'my life is a movie' yeah b**** 28 Days Later."

28 Days Later
Cillian Murphy in '28 Days Later.' Social media users are reminded of the post-apocalyptic movie as monkeys have escaped with COVID-19 samples. Sundance/WireImage/Getty

In the 2002 Danny Boyle movie, 28 Days Later, animal liberation activists free chimpanzees infected with the virus, which then spreads throughout the United Kingdom. The post-apocalyptic zombie film follows Jim (played by Cillian Murphy) as he wakes up from a coma 28 days after the initial outbreak, and discovers London deserted.

Dudes be like "my life is a movie" yeah bitch 28 Days Later https://t.co/3Sn198zDhs

— poke (@Pokay__) May 29, 2020

Another said: "This is literally the beginning of 28 Days Later dude wtf. Please 2020 don't unleash the rage virus on us I beg you."

THIS IS LITERALLY THE BEGINNING OF 28 DAYS LATER DUDE WTF

PLEASE 2020 DON'T UNLEASH THE RAGE VIRUS ON US I BEG YOU https://t.co/rFGHCuhEfA

— Luc // HiddenXperia (@HiddenXperia) May 29, 2020

Joe Sharkey on Twitter said: "Not to alarm anyone, but we're now in the opening scene of 28 Days Later."

Not to alarm anyone, but we’re now in the opening scene of 28 Days Later. https://t.co/K56E1ORwHv

— Joe Sharkey (@_joesharkey) May 29, 2020

Others are comparing the monkeys escaping to Planet of the Apes. In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a supposed cure for Alzheimer's is tested on chimpanzees, but it results in them gaining a heightened intelligence.

Not only does it lead to the evolved apes, but the "cure" is also an artificially created retrovirus that causes the Simian Flu, which kills 99 percent of humans.

Charles Arthur said: "Can't figure out if we're living in Contagion, 28 Days Later or Planet of the Apes now."

Can’t figure out if we’re living in Contagion, 28 Days Later or Planet of the Apes now. https://t.co/c865zA2lpr

— Charles Arthur (@charlesarthur) May 29, 2020

The Secret Barrister said on Twitter: "And now we're living the prequel to Planet of The Apes. 2020 just keeps on giving."

And now we’re living the prequel to Planet of The Apes. 2020 just keeps on giving. https://t.co/UFSCmiUUuw

— The Secret Barrister (@BarristerSecret) May 29, 2020

James Felton said on Twitter: "Scientists: We will get you a cure / Later: We stored our coronavirus next to the disgruntled monkeys, you're getting planet of the apes."

Scientists:
We will get you a cure

Later:
We stored our coronavirus next to the disgruntled monkeys, you're getting planet of the apes https://t.co/4Wi2XuSsBo

— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 29, 2020

Ahmed Baba said: "Mysterious respiratory disease? Primates stealing the virus? Bruh, this is literally the plot of Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

Mysterious respiratory disease? Primates stealing the virus?

Bruh, this is literally the plot of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. https://t.co/TNYI4vHpjJ

— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) May 29, 2020

If three disaster movies weren't enough, the event has also been compared to 12 Monkeys, the 1996 movie and 2015 TV series, in which a group known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys releases a deadly virus.

One user said: "Right now, it's just a question of whether we're currently living the plot line of 12 Monkeys, Planet of the Apes, The Handmaids Tale, or 28 Days Later?"

Right now, it’s just a question of whether we’re currently living the plotline of 12 Monkeys, Planet of the Apes, The Handmaids Tale, or 28 Days Later? 😯 https://t.co/s0MQxT4zSI pic.twitter.com/jueq4D1MEp

— Helen🏳️‍⚧️🤝💕 (@mimmymum) May 29, 2020

But there's no need to panic, as Dheeraj Raj, Meerut medical college superintendent, said that the sample boxes were later recovered and had not been damaged.

"They were still intact and we don't think there is any risk of contamination or spread," Raj said, according to AFP.