The event got here days after the Danish authorities introduced it deliberate to cull the nation’s whole mink inhabitants as a way to include the unfold.

There are between 15 and 17 million mink in Denmark, whereas its human inhabitants stands at round 5.5 million.

The ban got here into place at four a.m. Saturday and means vacationers from Denmark can’t enter the UK, the federal government stated in an announcement. British nationals returning residence might be compelled to quarantine for 2 weeks and, in contrast to different quarantine necessities for vacationers getting into the UK, there might be no exemptions.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen stated Wednesday the choice to cull the minks had been made with a “heavy coronary heart,” but it surely was mandatory based mostly on the advice of well being authorities.

What’s occurred in Denmark?

Denmark introduced it might cull its whole mink inhabitants after it found proof that the illness that causes novel coronavirus had mutated in mink, after being handed on by people. The brand new variant was additionally discovered to have unfold to people, with 214 confirmed infections as of Friday.

The Danish authorities additionally introduced restrictions for the seven municipalities the place the brand new pressure was detected. “The virus has mutated in mink. The mutated virus has unfold to people,” Frederiksen stated.

Statens Serum Institut, the Danish authority based mostly in Copenhagen which offers with infectious illnesses, had discovered 5 instances of the virus in mink farms and 12 examples in people that confirmed diminished sensitivity to antibodies, she stated. Permitting the virus to unfold might doubtlessly restrict the effectiveness of future vaccines.

Mink are seen at a farm in Gjol, northern Denmark on October 9, 2020.

Are minks and Covid an issue in different nations?

Sure. Reuters reported that 90,000 mink had been slain in Spain over the summer season after an outbreak at a farm, after which a number of human staff on the farm had been contaminated. In June, Reuters additionally reported that 10,000 mom mink and round 50,000 mink pups had been gassed to demise on a farm within the southern Dutch city of De Mortel, as a part of the nation’s wider drive to cull round 3,500.

What are they doing with all of the minks?

The entire Danish mink inhabitants is to be swiftly culled as a way to cease the unfold of the brand new mutated type of the virus.

If coronavirus is mutating, will it have an effect on vaccines?

Not essentially. The vaccine race that’s at present underway all over the world is to fight Covid-19. What has been present in mink is a variation of SARS-CoV-2, which the World Well being Group describes as “the virus which causes COVID-19.”

Talking at a briefing on Friday, WHO epidemiologist, Maria Van Kekhove, cautioned that “mutations are regular.”