Europe is trying to close the breed of Danish mink farms

Europe is trying to close the breed of Danish mink farms

Mink in farm ownership of Stig Sørensen where all mink animals must be culled by government order on November 7, 2020 in Boarding, Denmark.

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London – A new strain of Corona virus has been discovered In the Danish mink plantations It led to the introduction of strict public health measures in the north of the country, as other European countries responded to the outbreak.

This comes after a warning from the Danish National Authority for Infectious Disease Control, the State Serum Institute, that if the mutant virus spreads internationally, it may be possible.Serious consequences“A Covid-19 vaccine in the future.

More than a quarter of a million people were locked down in northern Denmark on Friday, with citizens urged to undergo testing after cases of Covid-19 were reported among minke animals in that region.

Orders have been issued to close restaurants in seven municipalities starting Saturday, and schools from grade five and above are required to switch to distance learning starting Monday.

Elsewhere, the UK government It implemented stricter rules For those coming from Denmark. Freight drivers who have been in or have traveled through Denmark in the last 14 days, and are not UK residents, will now be denied entry to the UK. All associated passenger and cargo ships from Denmark will also be suspended.

In Ireland, passengers arriving from the Scandinavian country have been asked to take extra precautions to contain the spread of the newly discovered coronavirus strain.

The Irish government has said people should restrict their movements for 14 days after entering the country from Denmark, even if they are visiting the country for a “primary” purpose.

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What do we know about the new Covid strain?

Last week, the Danish health authorities The alarm raised In a mutated form of the Coronavirus that appeared on mink farms and spread to humans.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen described the situation as “very, very dangerous” and ordered the country’s mink farms to cull all 15 million mink species in a move aimed at reducing the risks of returning animals to transmit the coronavirus strain to humans.

Mink farm owner Holger Rønnow on his farm, where the government forced him to cull all mass mink species on November 6, 2020 in Herning, Denmark.

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Data from the Danish animal rights group, Humane Society International, put the world’s second largest exporter of mink fur after China. Denmark says calculated For nearly half of the total 35 million minke farmed in Europe in 2018.

Since June, 214 human cases of Covid-19 have been recorded Specified In Denmark, the WHO said with variants associated with mink cultivation, including 12 cases with a unique variant, were reported on November 5.

All of these 12 cases were found to have originated in North Jutland, Denmark, and the people affected ranged in age from 7 to 79 years.

The World Health Organization said preliminary observations indicate that the clinical presentation, severity, and transmission between infected individuals is similar to that of other coronavirus strains circulating.

The World Health Organization has since launched arReview of biosecurity procedures In mink farms all over the world.

Too early to “come to any conclusions”

Coronavirus is It develops continuouslyAnd, as of now, there is no evidence to suggest that the identified mutation among Danish mink farms poses an increased risk to people.

As of Monday morning, more than 50.3 million people have been reported to have contracted Covid-19 worldwide, with 1.25 million related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Drug makers and research centers are striving to provide a safe and effective vaccine in an effort to end the coronavirus pandemic.

Small bottles with a ‘COVID-19 vaccine’ label and a medical syringe appear in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.

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Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said Friday that he was “too far” from understanding whether mutating the virus could have any implications for diagnosis or vaccinations.

The chief scientist at the World Health Organization, Dr. Sumiya Swaminathan agreed.

“I think we need to wait and see what the ramifications are, but I don’t think we should reach any conclusions about whether this particular mutation will affect the effectiveness of the vaccine or not,” Swaminathan said on Friday.

“We don’t have any evidence for that at the moment. But we will update you as we get more information.”

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