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Denmark to cull 15 million mink amid "very serious" concern over links to human COVID cases

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Denmark to kill 15 million mink amid "very serious" concern over links to human COVID cases
November 5, 2020 / 6:52 AM
/ CBS/AP
Denmark to kill millions of mink due to COVID
Copenhagen, Denmark — Denmark's prime minister said Wednesday that the government wants to cull all 15 million mink in Danish farms to minimize the risk of them re-transmitting the new coronavirus to humans. Mette Frederiksen said a report from a government agency that maps the coronavirus in Denmark has shown a mutation in the virus found in 12 people in the northern part of the country who got infected by mink.
Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said half the 783 human COVID-19 cases in northern Denmark "are related" to mink.

Denmark To Kill 15 Million Mink Amid 'Very Serious' Concern Over Links To Human COVID Cases

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By: CBS News
Denmark's prime minister said Wednesday that the government wants to cull all 15 million mink in Danish farms to minimize the risk of them re-transmitting the new coronavirus to humans. Mette Frederiksen said a report from a government agency that maps the coronavirus in Denmark has shown a mutation in the virus found in 12 people in the northern part of the country who got infected by mink.
Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said half the 783 human COVID-19 cases in northern Denmark "are related" to mink.
"It is very, very serious," Frederiksen said. "Thus, the mutated virus in mink can have devastating consequences worldwide."

Denmark wants to cull 15 million mink over Covid fears

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The Danish government wants to cull all 15 million mink in the country’s farms, to minimise the risk of them retransmitting coronavirus to humans.
Prime minister Mette Frederiksen said a report from a government agency that maps coronavirus in Denmark has shown a mutation in the virus found in 12 people in the northern part of the country who got infected by mink.
Health minister Magnus Heunicke said half the 783 human Covid-19 cases in northern Denmark “are related” to mink.
“It is very, very serious,” Ms Frederiksen said. “Thus, the mutated virus in mink can have devastating consequences worldwide.”
Denmark is one of the world’s main mink fur exporters, producing an estimated 17 million furs per year.

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