- Denmark is destroying up to 17 million weasels after finding a mutant strain of COVID-19 in these animals.
- The strain, which started on mink farms, has infected at least 12 people, the government said, adding that mink farms may be associated with 400 cases of COVID. -19.
- Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in a news conference Wednesday that the mutant strain could mean “the effect of the vaccine in the future will be weakened or, in the worst case, weakened. “
- In the worst case scenario, the pandemic will break out again, this time in Denmark because of the mutation, said the country̵7;s top epidemiologist.
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Denmark will destroy its entire colony of weasels – up to 17 million – after scientists discover some carry a mutant COVID-19 strand that the government fears could “re-start” the whole global pandemic.
The Danish government said the new strain of bacteria, which originated from mink farms, has infected at least 12 people, the Danish government said, citing research from the infectious disease regulator. Infections of this country, State Serum Institute.
The prime minister said the new strain could “weaken” the impact of COVID-19 vaccine in the future.
Scientists have observed cases of the virus on mink farms in Jutland, northern Denmark, for several months, but these cases are now spreading rapidly among humans.
In total, the government said nearly 400 human cases were linked to the country’s mink farms.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said at a news conference Wednesday: “The virus has mutated in mink. The mutant virus has spread to humans.”
The virus mutation could mean “the effects of the vaccine in the future will be weakened or weakened,” she said.
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Denmark will deploy police, military and family protection to destroy animals. As one of the world’s largest mink fur producers, Denmark has more than 1,000 mink farms, and up to 17 million.
According to government estimates, the destruction could cost the country up to 5 billion kroner ($ 785 million).
“We have a great responsibility for our population, but with the mutation found, we have even greater responsibility for the rest of the world,” Frederiksen said.
The new mutation “could have serious negative consequences for global pandemic handling”, she added,
The country’s top epidemiologist Kare Molbak, director of the State Serum Institute, said in a “worst case scenario, the pandemic will break out again, this time in Denmark”.
Scientists have found COVID-19 infections in nearly 20% of Denmark’s mink farms, adding that they have destroyed thousands since June, Frederiksen said.
Denmark is not the only country to destroy weasels during a pandemic to limit the spread of the virus. Spain killed 100,000 weasels in July after the virus was found on a farm in the north of the country, and the Netherlands also killed tens of thousands.