Denmark says mutated coronavirus from mink farms most likely extinct

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 21, 2020

While there is a commitment to phase out mink farming in the Programme for Government, it's understood the proposed cull would also see the farms finish breeding this year.

"The government must intervene now to shut the fur farms now and ban them for good".

Following the discovery of a Covid-19 variant in minks in Denmark, the Irish Government has today announced a cull of all mink in Ireland.

A variant of Covid-19 that spread on five mink farms in Denmark and infected 12 people is "most likely" extinct, Danish authorities said Thursday.

As a result of the recent outbreaks, the World Health Organization has instructed all countries to pay special attention to mink farms for the possibility of COVID.

"I enjoyed this before, I repent it and accept accountability for this, particularly I repent this to the numerous mink farmers who've been in a really unhappy situation".

The Department of Agriculture plans to cull three mink farms in Ireland on the advice of Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.

"There were no legal grounds to ask the farmers to cull their mink outside the infected zones", Jensen told the Danish wire agency Ritzau on Monday.

Opposition parties in Denmark are calling for Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to step down too, saying she was ultimately responsible. Almost 300 people were found with variants of coronavirus containing mink-related mutations.

Some experts have questioned the conclusions drawn by Danish health authorities about the danger posed by the strain, and suspect them of overreacting.

Six European states, South Africa, the Faroe Islands and the USA have reported mink-related COVID-19 mutations, confirming the transmission of the coronavirus from mink to humans.

Many Irish people might be surprised to learn that mink fur farms exist in Ireland at all.

On Thursday the nation's health ministry said the mutation, which raised concerns over the effectiveness of any future vaccine, has likely been eradicated.

Poland, which is a major producer of mink fur, started coronavirus tests among its farmed minks and checks among the workers earlier this month after a mutated virus was detected in farmed minks in Denmark, leading to a nationwide cull there.

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