Coronavirus: Spain orders culling of nearly 100,000 mink

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 17, 2020

This lead to the culling of up to one million mink in two dozen farms in the country.

People should only leave their homes to buy food, for work, for health reasons or to help frail people, authorities said.

Spain has been badly hit by the pandemic, which has so far killed more than 28,400 people, with the authorities carefully monitoring more than 120 new outbreaks that have emerged since the lockdown was lifted on 21 June.

A recent nationwide survey revealed that one in 20 people in Spain have had coronavirus.

However, in the past week, almost two-thirds of all cases detected in Catalonia were diagnosed in Barcelona and its surroundings, fuelling fears the city may become the epicentre of a new outbreak.

Spain's health ministry said the number of cases confirmed over the past 24 hours in the region were 142, up from 91 the previous day. In Aragon in the east, the number of infections jumped to 266 from 160, according to the health ministry.

The Catalan health authority, which counts both confirmed and suspected cases, said the number soared to 1,293 overnight, the highest since at least May 18, when the counting methodology changed.

Around four million residents of Barcelona were advised not to leave their homes except for essential journeys after authorities brought in new restrictions on Friday to try to halt a surge in coronavirus cases.

Authorities have also imposed some restrictions in three neighbourhoods of a Barcelona suburb that houses some 260,000 people.

Health authorities in Spain have said that nearly 100,000 minks at a firm in the northeastern part of the country are to be culled after many of them tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The mink are believed to have been infected by one of the workers.

Officials have since carried out a string of PCR tests which on 13 July showed that 87% of the mink were infected, prompting the decision to carry out a cull "to avoid the risk of human transmission", Olona said.

Spain reported the steepest daily jump in coronavirus infections in over two months on Thursday, with 580 new cases registered, up from 390 reported on Wednesday and with the regions of Aragon and Catalonia leading the increase. It has not been operational since mid-May amid the major COVID-19 lockdown.

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